Friday, 8 February 2019



On a once silent plot of land, on a street in Downtown Winnipeg, residents awoke to find something different. The street is eerily called "Hargrave" and ironically halfway down the street between Broadway Avenue and the Assiniboine River  there indeed was a  grave. It was the grave of the once notorious structure nick-named Demon Hotel. Silent these last three years, after a long and mysterious legacy of fear and superstition was broken by a devastating fire, something now stirs among the ruins.

This Blog has devoted its time documenting the urban legend of Demon Hotel, from rumours of mysterious happenings when it was an occupied Downtown apartment building, to stories of supernatural occurrences after it was condemned and abandoned (at least by the Living), to its fiery destruction, publicly attributed to teenage arsonists. Finally all that was left was an empty plot of land overgrown with weeds and bushes, dust and trash, covering the subterranean ruins of the supposedly haunted building. It was thought that this was the end of the bizarre story of Demon Hotel, however suddenly could a new chapter be starting?


The legend dates back several years, to mysterious happenings even before the dilapidated apartment building was officially "condemned". Located across from the 19th Century Edwardian Dalnavert House, once thought haunted and now a museum, tall tales of ghostly events started to circulate. As the ominous looking building stood abandoned and rotting, year after year more rumors and legends began to accumulate. There is an urban myth of the Government worker who, after having several evasive and unsettling telephone contacts with a respondent, traced the person to their location -- the long abandoned apartment building on 44 Hargrave, where no living soul occupied. There were unconfirmed rumors of homeless people who were never seen again after seeking shelter in the ominous structure. Sightings of mysterious graffiti, stories of a wraith-like "Cat Lady" who appeared at night, and most of all, reports of terrifying ghostly visages peering through the broken windows continued, establishing the suggestion that supernatural manifestations emanated from that specific location. For further descriptions of these events, check this link. Myth or not, the very appearance of the building would fit right into a contemporary Horror Film, and many locals thought of it as a quintessential "Haunted House". 

Inside the decaying structure were dark empty rooms and nightmarish basement corridors worthy of Freddy Krueger. There was even the terrifying documented tale of a local Urban Explorer who dared to venture inside the allegedly cursed building. To see what laid within Demon Hotel, check this link.

The catastrophic fire that destroyed the old Building was blamed on teenage vandals, however there is no record in the media of any convictions to the alleged crime, so to some there was still an element of mystery in the seeming end of the Demon Hotel saga. All was quiet, until recently the morning din of Downtown Winnipeg was overshadowed by ominous bangs and clangs of pile drivers from the site of the supposedly cursed lot. Something is being constructed over the grave of Demon Hotel.

Some self-proclaimed local psychic experts even suggested that a place of tormented souls actually attracts other malevolent spirits, making the building a literal "Demon Hotel." Of course most people did not take the urban myth seriously, a local joke going, "when they're not in Hell, they stay at Demon Hotel." However, what if there was even a small bit of truth to these stories? What would it mean to the inhabitants of Hargrave and the surrounding streets, especially now that new construction threatens to disturb the slumber of things best left alone? What will be the effect to any people who enter the new structure? Did the new builders consider having the site subjected to exorcism rites before digging into the possibly cursed ground?


Are curses real? What happens when you build over the ruins of myth and superstition? Whatever happens, we will return to document any weird and mysterious happenings at the former location of the notorious place known to some as "Demon Hotel."

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.