By: Michelle McKay | UPDATED April 28, 2019 (originally published Oct 10, 2013)
Built in 1966, this subway station is known for a lady wearing a red dress with black holes for eyes. When seen, she is spotted floating along the railway tracks. Her legs, if she even has any, have never been seen.
I had the fortunate opportunity to visit Lower Bay subway station while working on a documentary about the paranormal. It is situated directly below the current Bay subway station and is not open to the public. Today it is used for employee training, TV/film shoots, turning trains around, moving equipment, and repairing trains.
A few of the movies filmed there were: Darkman (Liam Neeson), Johnny Mnemonic (Keanu Reeves, Ice-T, Dolph Lundgren), and Bulletproof (Adam Sandler, Damon Wayons).
My Visit To Lower Bay
During my visit, one of the TTC employees that regularly works at Lower Bay told me he sometimes experiences “drafts” while on the tracks in Lower Bay which he believes aren’t normal. His father, who also worked for the TTC, told him about the legend of the Lady in Red.
I asked him if it could just be the vent system causing the drafts and he said he believes it is not possible for the type of drafts he has experienced to be down there on the tracks. He also mentioned he “gets the creeps” while down on the tracks.
A few of the TTC employees told me they believe she “lives” in the “old pump room” which is located in the tunnel going from Lower Bay, and that she has been seen travelling along the tunnel there.
Almost five years after publishing this article, a man named Mike sent the following report into my website ColdSpot.org on May 16, 2018:
“I was reading your article on Bay lower subway station. As an employee who has been down and has experienced something, I would like to share.
While walkìng along the platform I came up on a spot where it went really cold and I could feel this strange energy. I called to one of my fellow employees. She promptly came over and said yes she could feel it here. I then started having a very bad anxiety-like attack; I had a sense it was a woman.
Other employees have said they see orbs floating in and out of the walls at night. There are quite a few stations with paranormal activity in them.”
So, Just Who Is This ‘Lady in Red’?
Some believe she either jumped or was pushed into the tracks of Lower Bay when a train came by during the time it was open to the public. However, to date, no documentation has been found of anybody falling, being pushed, or dying at Lower Bay during the six months it was opened to the public.
Also of interest is that Lower Bay was built on the former property of Potter’s Field, said to have been a “graveyard for the poor and social outcasts”. It is said the bodies from Potter’s Field were relocated to Necropolis cemetery when the land was developed before the subway station was built.
Was the Lady in Red buried at Potter’s Field? Perhaps her legs weren’t moved with her body to Necropolis and she is searching for them at Lower Bay? Or did she have nothing to do with Potter’s Field and instead had an untimely death at Lower Bay that was never documented?
Michelle McKay is a Canadian paranormal investigator of 30+ years. Former TV host: Destination America, Discovery, A&E. Founder of ColdSpot.org. Her great-uncle, Henry McKay, was a pioneer UFO investigator and the first director of MUFON Canada.
WARNING: Do not trespass! Trespassers will be caught and criminally charged! Permission from the location owner must be granted to visit this location!
– my interviews with TTC employees