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article imageCanada's Banff hotel 'Ghost Bride' featured on new coin, stamp

By Karen Graham     Jun 3, 2014 in Travel
The Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post have collaborated this year in celebrating some of the country's most mysterious and infamous tales of ghosts and hauntings, starting with the famed "Ghost Bride" of the Banff Springs Hotel.
David Roberts, Fairmont Hotels’ regional vice-president and general manager of the Banff Springs hotel says, “It’s very exciting for us." He goes on to say the stories of the hotel's ghosts have been around for years, and have "gained momentum and mystic."
The story of the "Ghost Bride" dates back to 1926, and a most unfortunate accident that occurred in the hotel's Cascade Ballroom. Built in 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in located in Alberta, Canada. With a backdrop featuring the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, with its majestic mountains and beautiful landscape, it is no wonder the Banff Springs hotel is often the site of many weddings and honeymoons. Such was the case with the tale of the Ghost Bride.
View of the magical castle of Banff Springs Hotel from Surprize Corner.
Photo taken: July 21  2013.
View of the magical castle of Banff Springs Hotel from Surprize Corner. Photo taken: July 21, 2013.
According to the hotel's "unofficial" version of the fateful incident, a young couple were celebrating their marriage, perhaps it was in 1926, or it could have been 1930. They say the staircase to the Cascade Ballroom was lined with shimmering candles, their light lending an ethereal glow to the surroundings, as the bride made her way down the staircase toward the waiting arms of her new husband.
What happened next is unclear. Did the bride lose her balance, or did the trailing satin train of her wedding dress inadvertently flow over one of the candles? Tripping, or having her dress burst into flames, the bride went tumbling down the staircase, breaking her neck in the process. She died there at the bottom of the stairs on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life.
It is said that the bride has haunted the hotel ballroom for the past 85 years. Many guests have seen her walking down the stairs, or in the ballroom, wearing her white wedding dress and dancing alone to an unheard melody.
The newly released coin has a face-value of 25 cents. The reverse side of the coin features a bride with her eyes closed and surrounding her face is a flowing wedding veil. Using lenticular technology, a most unusual effect is produced when the coin is tilted somewhat. The bride's eye suddenly open, and the candles lining the staircase light up the dark background. It is quite a haunting effect.
The stamp, which has a face-value that is permanent and always the going rate, features a depiction of a bride with her eyes open. She also has a flowing white veil, and the background is dark, with glowing candles spread about. It is quite beautiful to see.
The Ghost Bride stamp is part of a multi-year series. The Haunted Canada series features five stamps, with the Ghost Bride, along with four other famous ghost stories. The issue date for the book of 10 stamps featuring the Haunted Canada set goes on sale June 13, 2014.
“We have long been known to visitors from around the world for the tragic tale of the Ghost Bride,” said Roberts. “Her chilling resemblance has been expertly captured on this new coin and stamp which is a novel way for her spirit to live on beyond the walls of the hotel.”
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