Niagara is known for its historic significance (Old Fort Erie, Battle of Lundy’s Lane, etc.), and with these stories of both horror and heroism, comes ghost stories. Here is a list of some of the places throughout Niagara to tour this time of year that are said to be haunted. You be the judge!
Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks
Niagara-on-the-Lake is known as Canada’s most haunted town. This tour will take you to a variety of locations, such as the “angry ghost of a murdered soul inside the Angel Inn”, stopping on the shores of Lake Ontario for a violent and ancient legend, and “the house that makes cameras go crazy”.
It will also stop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Prince of Wales Hotel, Apothecary, Royal George Theatre, and much more.
Walks are nightly at 8:00 pm during the month of October.
Prices: $13 for Adults, $5 for Children 13 and under, and Seniors aged 60+ are $10.
For more information go to www.ghostwalks.com.
Ghost Tours of Fort George
Ghost Tours of Niagara is the longest-running ghost walk in the Niagara Region. Candlelight ghost tours of Fort George are offered throughout the Spring and Summer (May to September), but there are special Halloween ghost tours offered at the end of October the highlights the scariest parts of the haunted Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is a 2-hour walking tour that includes stories too frightening to be told on the Summer tours, and opens a building (the Officers’ Quarters) that is usually off-limits during the usual ghost tours.
Halloween Tour dates:
October 17, 18, 19
October 24, 25, 26
October 30, 31
November 1, 2
Halloween Tours start at:
7:00, 7:15 & 7:30 pm
10:00, 10:15 & 10:30 pm
Prices: $17 and must be purchased in advance.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.niagaraghosts.com.
Haunted Ghost Walks of Niagara
Niagara Ghost Walks will take you through the spookiest streets in Downtown Niagara Falls. Your tour guide will share its tales of crime and murder. Stories such as Niagara’s mob wars and the exact spot where Freddy Tedesco was murdered, feel the negative energy within Niagara’s Haunted Rooming House and hear the story of the murdered soul that is said to still occupy it, plus find out why Blythewood Manor (bed & breakfast) has had paranormal investigators confirm the presence of spirits. This and so much more!
This tour starts at Capitol Q at 4317 Queen Street (just a few minutes from Clifton Hill).
Prices: $15 for Adults and $7 for Children 13 and under. Tour times begin at 7:45 pm in October.
For more information please visit www.niagaraghostwalks.com or call Page at 289-241-0424. Click here for online reservations.
Old Fort Erie – All Hallow’s Eve Tour
Head to Old Fort Erie on October 18, 24 & 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:00 pm for an evening of spooky tales at the spot of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. It’s the prime setting for hair-raising stories that took place here many years ago…you may even see a ghost or two as they have been known to frequent the premises….
The evening ends with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.
Children (6-12) $7.95
Children 5 and under are FREE.
Reservations are required. Please call 905-871-0540 or click here for online registration. Old Fort Erie is located at 350 Lakeshore Rd. in Fort Erie, ON.
Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours
Let a costumed guide tell the story of drama and intrigue as you wander the grounds and happen upon theatrical performances that provide a glimpse of the lives of some of the people from the history of the city that are buried within the Drummond Hill Cemetery.
Tickets can be purchased at the Niagara Falls History Museum or by calling 905-358-5082.
Dates are Friday & Saturday (Oct 17th and 18th), and Friday & Saturday (Oct 24th and 25th), 2014.
Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance.
The Drummond Hill Cemetary is located at 6110 Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls. It is a nationally recognized heritage site most famously known as the battle grounds of the “Battle of Lundy’s Lane”, as well as the burial site of Laura Secord.
The Screaming Tunnel
A local legend says if you light a match and hold it in the Screaming Tunnel at midnight, the match will be blown out by the ghost of a girl. There are a few variations in the story of the Screaming Tunnel, however, they all suggest that a young women died here while running and screaming from her farm-house which was located directly on one side of the tunnel. One of the stories, says that it was a young woman running from a burning house and the flames engulfed her while in the tunnel. Another variation says that the girl was running from a rapist and he burned her to hide the corpse. And yet another story says a father had lost a custody battle to the mother of his children in their divorce and he chased her into the tunnel and killed her.
This tunnel definitely has an ominous feel. The north end of the tunnel is located on Warner Road just outside Niagara Falls, between Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines, and it was built in the early 1900′s. At the south end of the tunnel there is a small hill and a path that leads to where the girl’s farm house was.
It is said that you can hear the sound of a girl screaming — some have and some have not. You be the judge!
This is a self-guided tour.
Full Moon Ghost Walks
This is a popular St. Catharines Downtown ghost walk which explores the history and haunted tales of the downtown core. These guided tours will tell the haunted tales of the past and present, while also sharing historical commentary about the unique buildings and happenings. Walks are 60 to 90 minutes in length and all Ghost Walks depart from the King Street doors of Market Square (91 King Street).
Advanced tickets are required as they sell out fast! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online by clicking here or at the St.Catharines Downtown Association office located at 80 King Street, main floor, St.Catharines. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (cash only). Please call 905-685-8424 for more information.
These tours run nightly at 7:00 pm from Friday, October 17th to Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.
The Pew family resided on these grounds during the battle of 1812. The house on the grounds is over 200 years old and is said to be haunted by Samuel “Sam” Pew and his two daughters and son who mysteriously died several years after the war.
The house has remnants of bullets in the walls to this day from the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. Paranormal experts have verified that the homestead is haunted saying that Sam still patrols the grounds to protect his family to this day. Some report a strange noise phenomenon as well.
The manor forms the backdrop for this absolutely awesome haunted experience. A haunted barn and hay ride with special effects and live actors bring this must-see Halloween experience for the whole family to life. Don’t miss it… nigarabuzz.ca will be there to preview it this weekend!
9387 Lundy’s Lane (Hwy. 20), Niagara Falls