THE FIVE FISHERMAN

1740 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS

(902) 422-4421

Status: Former School; Former Mortuary; Restaurant

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History

This building was originally built in the early 19th century as a schoolhouse by the St Paul’s Church of England. It was the first school in Canada to offer free education.

After the population of students grew too big for the building it was bought by Anne Leonowens – the once governess for the King of Siam and the writer of the King and I – who created the Halifax Victorian School of Art.

The art school also grew too big for building fairly quickly and it was taken over by John Snow & Co for use as funeral home.

In April of 1912 the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank resulting in over 1,500 deaths. Many of the bodies fished out of the Atlantic were brought to this building so final arrangements could be made.

On December 6, 1917 there was another world shaking disaster with the Halifax Explosion resulting in over 2,000 deaths. Every funeral home – as well as schools and churches – were used to store the bodies until funeral arrangements could be made. There were 30 to 40 funerals a day here.

The building is now one of the most famous upscale restaurants in the city. It is also one of the most famous locations in Canada and the world.

It is also one of the most haunted.

 

Paranormal Activity

Staff are no longer allowed to stay in the building after hours alone due to the number of incidents that have happened. The ghosts are not dangerous or malevolent but they are mischievous and can you a nasty shock especially if you’re all alone.

All of the staff and many of the patrons of the restaurant have witnessed paranormal activity. Some of them have become so used to it they barely give it a thought.

Objects often move by themselves including: glasses flying off shelves, cutlery falling off tables, taps turning on and off on their own, lights turning on and off on their own and doors opening and closing.

A grey misty apparition has been seen on the stairs as well as floating outside the windows – the second story windows – and has even been reported to tap on the windows seemingly wanting attention.

Another misty apparition has been seen floating through the kitchen.

Disembodied voices are very common; including hearing your name whispered. One staff member went into the private dining room – the Captain’s Quarters – upon hearing a man and a woman arguing inside. When he entered the voices stopped and there was no one else in the room.

Apparitions have been seen going into that same private room but when followed no one is found in the room.

At 3:00pm the ghost of a man described as having long grey hair and wearing a long black coat has been seen by at least 2 staff members. Once reflected in a mirror shortly after an ashtray mysteriously fell and broke and once on the landing by the front entrance.

A young woman has been seen floating over the staircase to the third floor bathrooms. In the women’s washroom there are numerous reports of hearing someone crying the next stall yet it is completely empty.

Many staff have felt taps on the shoulders only to turn and find no one there as well as brief cold spots as if someone had passed right through them. One hostess felt brush against her face only to find a red handprint on her cheek as if she had been slapped.

Other Activity: numerous EVPs; knocking sounds some responding to questions by the living; light anomalies; electrical disturbances and feelings of being watched and not being alone.