The Stirling Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion in Stirling, Alberta remains one of Canada’s genuinely haunted ‘haunted attraction.’ Many spirits assist the Reimer family with their year-round haunted home and it continues to produce reports of unexplained ghostly sightings and phantom sounds.
A transcribed interview with Glory Reimer is available on our archive. In this interview, Glory Reimer shares the history of the Mansion, what is is like living in a haunted home, and some of her family’s personal experiences with the spirits residing at 441-4th Street.
The acoustics of different rooms in the Stirling Haunted Mansion is now available. The album contains sound recordings of various haunted rooms in the mansion.
The commanding architecture and layout of their new home on 441-4 St. in Stirling Alberta, garnered the Reimer house attention from friends and family as a fun local visit - especially at halloween. For this reason, Glory and Richard Reimer slowly began collecting different display pieces, antiques, and decorative props to place in select rooms of their house for visitors. It was not until the family started noticing several odd occurrences in their home, from lights physically turning off to objects moving, that they began to seriously consider that their historic home might be haunted.
The Reimer’s discovery of the spirits haunting their home began just as organically as their Haunted Mansion attraction. “It was just something that we slowly learned,” Glory Reimer remarks. “Weird things would happen and most of the time we would just shrug it off as something else and try to justify it.” Despite repeatedly trying to ascertain any logical explanation for the bizarre incidents, the family could never figure out how specific events could produce the result they experienced.
The Stirling Haunted Mansion was first built by W. T. Ogden between 1910 and 1919. It remained in the Ogden family until the late 1950s. In 1959, F. W. Morris brought his carnival, replete with a ferris wheel, to the property. Soon after, in 1962, the property was sold again. Reporter Stephanie Labbe details that Stephen Wild, who bought the property from Morris, curiously “just disappeared”:
“The peculiar thing about Wild is in the town records it is stated he bought the house in 1964 and then just disappeared. For about 10 years, there was no record of anyone living in the house. The building became run down and locals started thinking the house was haunted. In about 1972, the village sold the house for taxes of about $3,000. However, the next few owners only stayed for a year or two and left. In 1976, a couple moved in that had planned to stay for awhile. Sadly, the husband died in a car crash just outside of town and that’s when the house started showing some abnormal signs.”
Upon moving into their home, the Reimer family did find the basement extremely unusual, with dirt floors, concrete walls, and secret passageways leading to hidden rooms. Today, the basement has transformed into the Dungeon of Doom and the entrance of the house welcomes visitors into frightening Victorian-style manor complete with period furniture, life-sized props, and animatronics.
The Reimer family runs the Haunted Mansion year-round for all ages with the hopes of preserving their unique house for others. “It was meant to be shared” Glory Reimer states, “And we love to share it with as many people as we can.”
The Haunted Mansion is open throughout the year for adventurous and brave visitors; those wishing to book the Haunted Mansion for special events need only call ahead of time to reserve a date. The Reimer family also keeps a collection of unexplained events, witness statements, evidence, and journal entries from family, friends, and visitors.
The Haunted Mansion and Railway Park
441-4 Street, Stirling Alberta
Mailing Address: PO BOX 442, Stirling AB, T0K 2E0
All months except October: open most days for drop in visits.