Haunted Vancouver: Century Restaurant

Tonight I met with the Vancouver Blogging Meetup at the Century Restaurant and Bar, on Richards at Pender.

The location is absolutely stunning: the restaurant resides within a bank building erected in 1911, and still retains much of its original interior decor, including original glass chandeliers and bank vault door.

The food was fantastic, as well, sort of a latin-inspired cuisine with an assortment of appetizers and tapas dishes, several inspired paella variants, some solid seafood and steak offerings, and a respectable wine and drink menu.

However, the most unexpected point of interest was when one of the staff members divulged to the group that the building is haunted. More specifically, the woman’s washroom is haunted, allegedly by the ghost of a bank teller, who was murdered by the bank manager’s wife out of revenge for the affair that was allegedly occurring between the manager and the teller.

I didn’t make any forays into the women’s washroom myself, because not even ghost research warrants disturbing people’s sense of privacy, but I have to admit, the dark narrow stairs underground into the washroom area in general had a definite hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck aspect to it, even before I heard the ghost story.

I’ve heard of the ghosts in the Vogue Theatre, and now this place. Are there other famous downtown Vancouver hauntings? What stories have you heard? Have you experienced anything yourself?

6 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    My sister, mom and I took the Haunted Trolley tour one year (that runs for a few weeks, departing from the Vancouver Museum/Planetarium). Hycroft Manor ranks up high on the haunting scale as well as the Hotel Vancouver (with the Lady in Red)

    Vancouver’s got its fair share of spooky places but Victoria is the most haunted city on the west coast (out of Canada or USA)… and I shouldn’t be typing this at 11pm in a dark living room….

  2. Maktaaq (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    We took the Haunted Trolley Tour, too, last year. I asked a paranormal investigator about the most haunted building in Vancouver and they said it was the building on the southwest corner of Cambie and Prince Edward. Does anyone know why this one is so haunted? And what exactly is the nature of the haunting?

    There’s also an unspecified apartment building in Burquitlam that once had poltergeist activity. Some people suspected it was the gravestones from Woodlands that were being used as garden stepping stones. Every time I drive down North Road, I try to guess which apartment building it is.

  3. Soultrance (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    There are hauntings all over the place in Vancouver, though there are way more in Victoria. Victoria even has a group that does a walking tour of all the haunted areas of downtown, where the tour leaders explains each haunting. I haven’t been to Victoria in years and would love to get over there just to go on this tour.

    On a completely unrelated note: how does one get in on all these Vancouver blogging related outings? I want in too, pick me, pick me! :P

  4. Rebecca (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    My aunt worked at Woodlands for 20+ years – and you’re right. They threw away gravestones from various burial sites on the grounds because they looked “morbid” and wanted more green space/open space. She said the director used some of the old stones to pave his driveway and others ended up in various other places around the area.
    I’ve done the walking tours in Victoria – they’re run by the dude who does the TV series “Creepy Canada”

  5. Matt (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:08 am

    We’ve been on the Victoria walking tour as well, and it’s definitely worth the trip and the money. They’ve honed their storytelling to a fine art, and the atmosphere of the tour is better than any movie.

    Info on the Ghostly Walks tours is here.

    Oh, and I added a link to the Blogger meetup, for anyone who’s interested. Membership is open so feel free to come along next time.

  6. Ghosty (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:12 am

    What’s with old bank buildings being haunted? When I was at the Vancouver Film School there’s numerous accounts of their building on Hastings and Homer (Southwest Corner) being haunted. I believe it was an old RBC. Actually being a part of the Vancouver Bloggers Meet you should ask Carol Sill she used to be a program director with VFS she probably knows the exact story.

    Whatever happened to the stories of the haunted house on Cambie @ King Ed? There used to be all these crazy stories and then sometime around 1999 I stopped hearing about them completely.

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