Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel : An industrious phantom bellman is said to help out at one of Canada’s most popular resorts. Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, is a huge 848-room hotel that presides over the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Built in 1888, it is modeled after a Scottish baronial estate.

The phantom bellman reportedly is Sam McAuley, a former bellman, who died in 1969. McAuley had been fond of declaring that he would return after death to lend a helping hand when the hotel was busy.

McAuley puts in his appearances during morning and evening peak times. Guests call for a bellman, but when one arrives he is told that another bellman already took the call. Guests describe a man who looked like McAuley.


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The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits– Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – September 1, 2007