Sunday, 25 October 2015


Halloween 2015 is fast approaching, and this year's fright night is different from those in the past. This is the first Halloween since the fiery destruction of downtown Winnipeg's legendary haunted building known to the locals as "Demon Hotel". (Those new to the bizarre tale should begin at this link, then go forward if you want to contemplate things both bizarre and impossible.

"Demon Hotel" in its haunted hey day.
Field of weeds & brush over the ruins.

For many decades the apartment building at 44 Hargrave Street stood; the last decade, as an abandoned husk. Only local legends and street gossip hinted at strange occurrences that may have happened behind the eerie brick facade. However, after it was no longer a place for "human" tenants, some say the old abandoned apartment building became a residence for other types of tenants. Besides scurrying rats, cockroaches and crazed feral squatters, downtown residents have reported tales of stranger occupants in the macabre location. From ghostly faces, demonic entities, and the mysterious "Cat Lady" many unearthly visions have been described (see a summery of some Demonic denizens at this link.)

Then on April 6, 2015 the haunted hotel of downtown Winnipeg went up in flames. Blamed on teenage vandals, many have wondered whether paranormal forces were involved in any way. Some secretly welcomed the incident, hoping the cleansing flames may have at last exorcised the supernatural evil possessing the haunted halls. Others however, openly speculated that the destruction of the building by fire merely dispersed angry spirits into the neighbourhood, or perhaps even locked the unearthly forces into the ruins of the site, creating a zone of evil.

Beneath the macabre bricks, mortar and cement of Demon Hotel there was a subterranean level of dark and disturbing rooms and corridors (for more about the frightening sights beneath Demon Hotel check out this link.) This area is now buried by earth, weeds and bushes. Do any of its tunnels and passages remain beneath the surface? Let's hope not.


Whether the reported supernatural tales involving the abandoned apartment formerly at 44 Hargrave in downtown Winnipeg are merely urban myth, or a plain hoax, or whether there really is something dark and mysterious surrounding the ominous, decaying structure, surely it is not worth taking a chance of attracting malevolent entities. Anyone who has seen movies like "Blair Witch Project" or "Grave Encounters 1 & 2" should be able to imagine the dangers. If there is any chance that paranormal forces are at play, needless to say Halloween would be the most dangerous time to disturb them. This site has spent years warning the public to avoid the potential supernatural perils of Demon Hotel, and even though the cursed building is gone, perhaps the evil within remains.


Friday, 22 May 2015



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A selection of photographs taken between 2009 and 2015 documenting the varied changes that occurred to the notorious abandoned apartment building on Hargrave Street. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015



Because of the shocking events of April 6, 2015 when the allegedly haunted abandoned apartment building at 44 Hargrave Street in downtown Winnipeg met its fiery end (see "Demon Hotel Burns to Hell!"), this post had to be delayed. 

But incredibly, just about a week prior to the blazing destruction of the supposed supernatural portal, this Blog was again contacted by the brave but anonymous Urban Explorer who had previously dared to enter the possibly cursed corridors of the infamous Demon Hotel (see "Inside Demon Hotel"). What you are about to see are the last known pictures from inside the ominous ruins of the partially demolished structure, and what you are about to read is a first hand account, written by the Urban Explorer himself, of the final frightening expedition inside the dark, disquieting walls of DEMON HOTEL.

My biggest hobby is urban exploration. I explore old sites and buildings and make a record of the moment through photographs. Any area left to its own devices, outside of human intervention or maintenance speaks to me and I try to share this with people through the pics. I have explored this hobby for a few years now and have shared my many adventures to various online blogs. Urban exploration is fun, exciting and unfortunately, sometimes terrifying!

If you recall, I sent you documentation of the strange and frightening experience I encountered at the DEMON HOTEL of Hargrave, a few years ago…and now, I have a new bone chilling brush with the strange to share with you!

I had stayed pretty well clear of Demon Hotel since my last tangle with the bizarre, but be it that I pass nearby in my daily activities, I had noticed some construction going on. It seemed it was being bulldozed! Thank god someone decided to tear down this portal of damnation! If I recall, the demolition has been documented on this site. Regardless, as more and more bricks came down, I ventured ever nearer the husk of Demon Hotel.

If any of you out there are Urban Explorers, then you know the pull of the abandon, the attraction an old building holds on romantic and extreme levels. It is for this reason that I did the unthinkable…the suicidal…I ventured back into Demon Hotel.

Now before you claim I am a fool or destined for a cursed, let me remind you, the entire front of the building is gone. Completely defaced. The basement is exposed (as you can see from these pics) and I dimly thought the horrors of the past must have dissipated. How can a building hold any kind of negative energy when half of it is gone? I know now that evil is embedded in this tortured place…soaked into the wood and stone.

It was a fresh Spring day and things seemed quiet. I had my camera on me as I was taking so pics of the Forks with a friend. As my photo bud and I parted ways, I came to that dreaded hub of hell on Hargrave. I looked sheepishly over and it seemed…quiet, dormant. As I mentioned above, I felt empowered to finally complete my urban documentation of this old…no doubt soon to be gone building. Yeah, I know…Urban Explorers are braver than they are smart!

As I ventured in to the open construction site, things seemed calm. I could hear birds singing and the sun was shining. In I went to get the pictures I needed to complete my Demon Hotel set I started two years earlier.

 Things were alright as I stepped into the remnants of the building. The exposed bricks were eerie, but non-threatening overall. I ventured deeper into the bowel of the Demon Hotel and then things got weird.
I was getting some good pics and made my way up the staircase shown. 

Not ten seconds after I took the “Smoker” pic did a strange noise resonate through the floor. Remember, the entire front is pretty much sealed with boards. I could not see much but that sound…the sound! Let me try and explain…it started as slow, heavy steps  echoing through the dark and then escalated to a rushed scrapping …like a shuffling on the floor…coming right towards me! My blood ran cold and I remembered feeling the same intense sensations that I did two years before! I ran down the bit of stairs I had began up and could hear the deep, dragging steps coming closer…closer…and now a deep guttural sounds underscored the steps. A growl of sorts.

I ran. Ran like a thief in the night…like a cat from a dog. All I can remember of my hurried escape was blasting through the alley behind Demon Hotel ( I initially got in through the side, the front is gated) and seeing the back door of the building slowly opening into darkness. It would seem the evil is now aimlessly spilling out from the building as it slowly gets dismantled.

That is it! No more fucking Demon Hotel…no more brushes with the beyond…I was compelled by the Urban Explorer in me to stupidly return, but self preservation will prevent me from ever going back! Once again friends…you have been warned! Me…I will just have to learn to cope with the nightmarish thoughts that will consume my sleep for the next year. Thanks Demon Hotel. 

Thus ends the Urban Explorer's final physical encounter within the bowels of the possibly para-normally possessed husk of the notorious Demon Hotel, but the psychological scars may be long lasting. Throughout this Blog we have endeavoured to warn both the foolish and the brave from tempting the dark forces that may have been contained within the bleak ruins of the abandoned Hargrave building. While we may be titillated, entertained and most certainly enlightened by such paranormal investigations, could the human cost be too great? 

EPILOGUE: soon after the fire five teenagers were reportedly charged with arson causing the destruction of the abandoned apartment building at 44 Hargrave Street.  But why did they do it? Was it merely an act of malicious vandalism, or could the experiences of the Urban Explorer indicate that the old building contained dark forces ready to prey on the unwary? And could this essence of evil remain locked into the grounds where once stood that nexus of the supernatural known as DEMON HOTEL.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


There has been a lot of news and activity surrounding the destruction of Winnipeg's notorious "Demon Hotel".

A large red dump truck begins hauling away the ruins of the former 44 Hargrave Street. I only hope it's not helping to disperse supernatural remnants throughout the city.

For good news reporting please see The Winnipeg Sun's coverage of the fire,
and the follow up A look inside the since-destroyed "Demon Hotel"

The Moderator of this Blog has been contacted by the on-line supernatural investigation site Study Paranormal. We were interviewed by UK Horror and paranormal novelist Fiona Dodwell. You will find information about the Demon Hotel and this Blog, with some never before told stories.


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Of course it finally had to happen: someone is advertising Demon Hotel T-Shirts. They feature an alarming interpretation of the "Demon Cat Lady".

Recently a local denizen uploaded a video of his visit to the ruins.

Due to the fiery demise of the allegedly haunted building, the understandably delayed post "Return to the Terror of Demon Hotel" will be released in the near future. Stay tuned for the story of a brave Urban Explorer's final expedition into the possibly cursed bowels of the crumbling structure, and see startling photographs taken not long before the destruction.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015



Message from Moderator: the scheduled post "Return to the Terror of Demon Hotel" has been postponed to bring you news of an astounding event.

On April 6 2015 the abandoned apartment building at 44 Hargrave Street burned down in a Hellish blaze. Flames shot 20 feet into the air, black smoke covered that part of the downtown area, and mysterious internet blackouts occurred. While such a fire is not an unusual occurrence in Winnipeg, there is one difference in this case: the building in question is that allegedly haunted building known to downtown denizens as "Demon Hotel". Because of the many rumours of supernatural phenomena that has happened there, speculation has grown, theorizing that the abandoned structure has been a gathering point for unearthly, perhaps evil paranormal beings (those unfamiliar with the urban legend may wish to look at the overview HERE).

Crowds gathered to watch the inferno. Fire Fighters soon had the blaze under control. 

The black clouds of smoke then turned white, as if to signify that the darkness contained in the haunted building was finally being lifted. I'd like to think so.

For about two and a half years this blog has been trying to warn people about the possible supernatural dangers surrounding Demon Hotel. We have constantly told the public to stay away from the cursed structure. Could some careless vandal have started the fire maliciously? Could downtown squatters have accidentally caused the blaze by smoking discarded butts? Or perhaps something more disturbing occurred. Could the tormented souls or the demonic forces contained in the haunted building have started the fire in some way? Or perhaps some misguided individual attempted to fight against the supernatural entities and exorcise the evil from the ruins, only to bring about the flaming destruction. Whether the fiery inferno purified the cursed structure, releasing the trapped souls of the damned, or whether the flames have locked the spirits into the location forever, who can say? 


Monday, 6 April 2015



top photo credit @christellar

Today the abandoned apartment building at 44 Hargrave Street in downtown Winnipeg burned in a hellish blaze. Mysteriously, internet connection to many other apartment buildings in the area was also reported to be interrupted.
Was it arson? demonic activity? or an exorcism gone wrong? More details as they are known.