The Helmcken House is one of the oldest residences in Victoria, British Columbia. The house was originally owned by Dr. Sebastian Helmcken; a man who dedicated his life to caring for the ill. When the doctor fell tragically ill himself, his beloved daughter, known as Aunt Dolly, cared for him until his death. Aunt Dolly eased her father’s pain by playing the piano for him long into the night. Many visitors have wandered the house and heard the unexplained sound of a piano being played. Some have even seen the ghost of Dr. Helmcken enter a room and join Aunt Dolly at the piano. Father and daughter have carried their loving bond into the afterlife, together.
It stands on its original site beside the Royal BC Museum in downtown Victoria. It still provides shelter to its original occupants, although all have been dead for over sixty years! “Haunted House Tours” highlight the ghostly events in the historic site. Throughout September 2003 tours are held on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm. During October tours take place on Friday and Saturdays at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm, with extra tours the week before Halloween. Reservations recommended. Call (250) 361-0021. Groups welcome any time by advance booking.