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You will find supplementary photos and additional stories that you hear in each podcast episode.




Teresa taking a picture of herself in Calgary Court washroom mirror

Calgary Court location: 119 2 Ave SE

The Calgary Court washrooms were renovated a couple of years ago, but the sounds remain as described by all versions of the story. Although it’s less creepy, the hallway that leads to the stalls definitely has an aura and don’t go alone if you can help it. Just don’t ask any of the wait-staff if the washrooms are haunted, as it could bring bad luck and they’ll think you’re up to no good!


Here Danny describes what the washrooms used to look like:


Teresa’s location thoughts: favourite dishes to order here are the fried intestines and french toast. Not together, for flavour and excessive fried reasons. I like to judge cha chaa tengs based on the french toast. Calgary Court is also known for its wontons, though I hear that these days they aren’t what they used to be. Wontons (雲吞) literal translation is cloud swallow, denoting the soft, floatiness of the dumpling while in soup. The name is also derived from huntun (混沌), which is a faceless chaotic being/god in Chinese mythology, read more here. Maybe the ghost is this huntun/wonton, faceless lump of chaos watching you in your most embodied moment?   

Story addition (07/13/2021): We heard from someone that there was this one time when they went in to use the washrooms, the toilets would flush on their own even though the stalls were empty. 


The number of people that mentioned this ghost in our research: 13



2nd location of the Indian Friendship Centre: 140 2nd Ave SW


The Bow River, along with The Elbow River, are important waterways not only for the land and ecosystem that it nourishes but also in how it guides all communities’ ways of living. Kootsisáw in Tsuut’ina, Mohkínstsis in Blackfoot, and Wincheesh-pah in Stoney Nakoda, words for “elbow”, are also a few of the many names to denote the area where The Elbow River and The Bow River meet, which is commonly known as Calgary. Chinatown sits near both rivers, in the area that was a historically important crossing. 

Note on the term “Indian”: This is an outdated term when referring to the peoples who were living on the land before the establishment of the colonial state that we call Canada. Indigenous, and sometimes Aboriginal, are current terms used instead. 


Kainai News dated 1980, covering the opening of the new Indian Friendship Centre: sanews_22901


Screenshot from the Chinatown Context Paper.


Title: Grace Johnson, Terry Lusty and Lawrence Whitney with the first Indian Friendship Centre newsletter, Calgary, Alberta.

Date: March 1966

Source: Glenbow Archives


Title: Sod turning for new Calgary Indian Friendship Centre, Calgary, Alberta.

Date: [ca. October 18, 1978]

Source: Glenbow Archives


For further reading on the development of the entire 2nd Ave northern block:

Chinatowns: Towns within Cities in Canada by David Chuenyan Lai: Chinatowns Towns within Cities in Canada – Calgary excerpt

Calgary Herald article on the development of Bowside Manor: 1977, Feb 24, Calgary Herald


Note: We would like to clarify, in this episode we are referring to George Ho Lem, the Junior, not the Senior, who is respected by the community.


Does anyone know if this is actually called a totem pole?



Parking Lot 10


Link from here

Fun fact: Parking Lot 8 code is Lot 888 under Calgary Parking Authority. 8 is considered a lucky number, 88 and 88 even more so. Only two lots are run by Calgary Parking Authority (which is part of The City of Calgary), and the rest are all run by IMPARK, a company that was started in Vancouver and runs most parking lots and parkades in Canada. 


Journey of Parking Lot 4 pond:

Water levels mid June

Water levels early July

Water levels late July


Jane Jacob article mentioned in the Episode here


Journey of Parking Lot 7 sinkhole:

Early May

Mid June


Early July

Late July



Calgary Herald, March 14, 1988


Parking Lot 7


To learn more about the Chinese cemetery: 



Parking Lot 11



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