Caribou Hotel set to reopen

The Caribou Hotel in Carcross, Yukon – the territory’s oldest hotel and the subject of a 2015 stamp – is slated to reopen in 2021, with its bar expected to be ready this fall.

Known for its paranormal history, the hotel – closed for 15 years – has a historic saloon dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush. Bessie Gideon, one of the hotel’s many owners since it was first built in 1898, is featured on the 2015 stamp issued by Canada Post as part of its “Haunted Canada” series.

“She is a hospitable spirit who refuses to leave the premises and has been known to knock on doors, add bubbles to baths and peer out the window with her parrot, Polly,” reads a press release issued by Canada Post.

The hotel’s current owners, Anne Morgan and Jamie Toole, bought the hotel in 2006, after former owner Bob Olson was killed on the premises in 2004.

“I don’t remember actually knowing that it was haunted when we bought it,” Morgan told CBC News this September. “I’m looking forward myself to coming back and haunting it though.”

While the hotel’s bar is slated to reopen by October, the suites will remain closed until 2021.

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