Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Type: subway station
By: Michelle McKay (founder of ColdSpot.org)
This location is known for a lady seen wearing a red dress, with “black holes” for eyes. Her legs, if she even has any, have never been seen. Instead, she is seen “floating” along the railway tracks.
I had the fortunate opportunity to visit Lower Bay subway station while working on a documentary there about the paranormal. Lower Bay subway station is located 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 here were: “Darkman” (Liam Neeson), “Johnny Mnemonic” (Keanu Reeves, Ice-T, Dolph Lundgren), and “Bulletproof” (Adam Sandler, Damon Wayons).
During my visit there, one of the TTC employees that regularly works at Lower Bay told me that his father also worked for the TTC. And that his father told him about the legend of the ‘Lady in Red’ that reportedly haunts there. He also told me that sometimes he himself experiences “drafts” while on the tracks in Lower Bay, which he said he believes is not normal. I asked him if it could just be the vent system that is causing the drafts, and he told me that he believed it is not possible for this type of draft to be down there on the tracks. The employee also mentioned that he “gets the creeps” while down on the tracks.
So, just who is this ‘Lady in Red’? Some believe that she was a woman who either jumped or was pushed into the tracks when a train came by, back when this portion of the subway was open to the public. However, to date, there has been no documentation found of anybody falling, being pushed, or dying at this subway station during the six months that it was opened to the public.
Also of interest is that the subway station was built on the former property of ‘Potter’s Field’, which is said to have been a “graveyard for the poor and social outcasts”. It is said that the bodies were then later relocated to Necropolis cemetery when the land was developed before the TTC built its station there.
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 not documented?
A few of the TTC employees told me that they believe she “lives” in the “old pump room” located in the tunnel going from Lower Bay. And that she is seen traveling along the tunnel there.
UPDATE RECEIVED MAY 16, 2018 FROM MIKE:
“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.”
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interview with TTC employees