Niagara on the Lake
A tour featuring ghost stories befitting “Canada’s Most Haunted Town”
Includes the Angel Inn, Courthouse, Royal George Theatre and Prince of Wales Hotel.
With North America’s oldest legend, a mystery at the Apothecary, a deathly first and only, and a house making cameras go crazy.
Séances, secrets and dark history at the centre of the only war fought in Canada.
The centre of “Canada’s most haunted town” cenotaph and the haunted old court house.
Prince of Wales
Haunted room 207 and the town’s most vivid ghost story.
The Angel Inn
“Canada’s most haunted town’s” most haunted building.
Adults . . . . . . . $16.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $7.00
Seniors 60 & over . $13.00
+ HST Tax
Booking for Niagara on the Lake
- April 2018
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 8:00p
- May to August 2018
- 7 days a week at 8:30p
- September to November 10 2018
- 7 days a week at 8:00p
- November 10 to December 2018
- Every Friday & Saturday at 8:00p
- with holiday tours on Dec 30 & 31
- multiple times on busy saturday’s
Tour is about 90 minutes long
The Ghost Walks of Niagara on the Lake are completely outdoors other than a stop in the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake Gazebo. Also, 3 of the most haunted locations are open to customers before or after the Ghost Walks. These are The Prince of Wales Hotel, Corks Restaurant and Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most famous ghostly hotspot, The Angel Inn.
Article written by Daniel Cumerlato
Niagara on the Lake was Upper Canada’s first provincial capital. Home to many of Ontario’s firsts. The library, courthouse, post office, pharmacy, newspaper and church
Colonel John Butler, his men and families settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake after leaving the United States post Revolution. They accomplished much in a short time.
5 Parliament sessions held over 3 years, including the country’s greatest decision happening in Niagara on the Lake… when slavery was outlawed in Canada.
One of the first laws of it’s kind in the world. Well, sort of. It didn’t free current slaves, only stopped it for new and future generations. To celebrate, the politicians retired to The Harmonious Coach House to celebrate (now called The Angel Inn).
In 1796 the capital was moved to the less vulnerable York (today called Toronto)
Burning of Niagara on the Lake
It’s May 27 1813, as the War of 1812 raged the American’s marched into town.
One final insult dealt when they burned Niagara on the Lake.
Every structure destroyed except the McFarland House, some of today’s Brockamour Manor, the Power Magazine in Fort George and some random houses left for citizens (now gone).
The people of Newark rebuilt their town. Eventually named Niagara, then Niagara on the Lake to avoid confusion with Niagara Falls.
Canada’s Most Haunted Town
Most towns have haunted places attached to historic events. Niagara on the Lake is different.
It had the only war fought on Canadian soil. Death, violence, emotions and tragedy in a small place and history spanning over 200 years. Combined with Native history which easily confirms Niagara on the Lake to be Canada’s Most Haunted Town
So many ghost stories
Stories keep coming in. If all of them were told, the Ghost Walks of Niagara on the Lake would be 4 hours long. We made it a comfortable 90 minutes.
This proves a point. So, many, stories… and here are 2 not featured on the tour.
The Legend of Sobbing Sophia
Sophia Shaw was the love of General Isaac Brock. He was the British’s important strategist and the greatest leader in Canada during the War of 1812.
Captain Powell’s family lived in the house now called Brockamour. Sophia was Captain Powell’s sister-in-law. She lived with the family.
Brock met and fell in love with Sophia while stationed at Fort George in Niagara on the Lake. Their courtship was fast due to the times and the couple talked marriage, a family, a life together.
But Sophia’s father was against it. He knew Brock was important, but he wasn’t noble blood. Her father denied Isaac permission to marry Sophia. This didn’t stop the couple.
Then in October 1812, Brock was summoned to join his men at Queenston Heights (the next town over from Niagara on the Lake). A strategic location. If lost would give the Americans Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The couple said goodbye. Sophia didn’t know it was the last time.
Then at Queenston Heights, during the battle, Brock charged up the hill into the heavy American assault. Some Brits fearfully dropped back as Brock screamed out, “This is the first time I’ve seen the 49th turn their backs!” They surged forward for him.
Brock was shot in the wrist but didn’t slow down. Then, 50 yards away an American sniper rose up and and fired into Brock’s chest.
The General was found dead.
With her beloved dead, Sophia mourned for years. She never married and wondered what could have been. Then dying at a young age from which many believe to be a broken heart.
During her final years the people of Niagara on the Lake didn’t see Sophia. They heard her. Cries coming from an open window on the second floor of today’s Brockamour Manor.
They called her “Sobbing Sophia” and she’s still heard today. Reports of a woman crying in that room and even at night along Niagara on the Lake’s Queen Street.
The Watcher of the Town
Many of the people in Niagara on the Lake report a strange blue light, or orb, floating the streets at night.
Seen near the modern Post Office (across from Starbucks). Locals say it’s a former constable, hence blue, like the police. Witnesses don’t see it long enough to investigate. No emotional energy or any figures in the shadow. Just a simple blue light everyone calls “the watcher”.