McKay Avenue School, Edmonton. ©Provincial Archives of Alberta, A.2489 McKay Avenue School in Edmonton. "Canada's Historic Places" and Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP)

13 Days of Halloween, No. 2: Ghostly Edmonton

McKay Avenue School, Edmonton. ©Provincial Archives of Alberta, A.2489 McKay Avenue School in Edmonton. "Canada's Historic Places" and Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP)

McKay Avenue School, Edmonton. ©Provincial Archives of Alberta, A.2489 McKay Avenue School in Edmonton. “Canada’s Historic Places” and Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP)

Haunted Brick School in Edmonton: The sounds of laughing children are only scary when you realize that no one has attended McKay Avenue School in Edmonton for decades. Edmonton’s oldest surviving brick schoolhouse is a place often cited as being the most haunted building in the Alberta capital. The building’s cornerstone was laid in 1904 and the building was designed to reflect the new era of growth and prosperity that was emerging in Alberta. Pretty elaborate structure for a school. The Romanesque-style building include pillared entranceways. The school was closed down in the 1980s but is still in use today for storing archival materials and is a museum. Staff workers in the building have over the years reported hearing children laughing and ghostly kids wandering the hallways. Not too creepy. A scarier apparition is the ghost of a former maintenance worker who apparently fell to his death while repairing the roof.

Photo courtesy of “Canada’s Historic Places” website.

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