Canmore Opera House - Heritage Park - Calgary, Alberta
Posted by: wildwoodke
N 50° 58.954 W 114° 06.307
11U E 703190 N 5651876
Quick Description: The Canmore Opera House is said to be haunted by the old homesteader whose property is was flooded by the creation of the Glenmore Reservoir. The Opera House is located in Heritage Park in southweste Calgary, Alberta
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 10/12/2007 9:57:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM2CJZ
The Opera house was built in the late 1800s in Canmore, Alberta. It was initially used as a concert hall, however, in the late 1800s/early 1900s, there was an accident at the Canmore mine and approximately 700 miners were killed. As the opera house could hold the most amount of people, it was used as the morgue for the tragic event. Years later it became a movie theatre and in the mid-1960s was donated to Heritage Park and moved to its current location.
Tales of Terror: A number of individuals, including members of Alberta Theatre Projects, managers of Heritage Park, and members of the cleaning staff have reported seeing an old gentleman wandering about in the Opera House. During rehearsals, he would sit in the third seat of the third row, dressed in old-fashioned clothing, and simply watch. Additionally, after rehearsals, objects have been found repeatedly misplaced.
The ghost became known as "Sam" after Sam Livingston. Heritage Park was built over Livingston's farm, and the Glenmore Reservoir now covers the location of his prior farmhouse. It is said that "Sam" is simply wandering around the grounds trying to find his way home, while others claim it is the ghosts of the deceased miners that haunt the Opera House.
One gentleman also reported an incident during auditions held in the Opera House. While in the hallway, he heard a woman with a breath-taking voice singing in the main stage area. Upon entering the area, there was not a soul to be found, and witnesses did not see anyone entering or leaving the area.
From "The Gauntlet" October 28, 2004
The building is only open during special events and is within the grounds of Heritage Park.
Website about the location and/or story: [Web Link]
Visting hours: Not listed
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