Niagara on the Lake

A Ghost Walk befitting “Canada’s Most Haunted Town”

Featuring stories at the Olde Angel Inn, iconic Courthouse and Prince of Wales Hotel.

With North America’s oldest legend, a mystery at the Apothecary, the theatre ghost scaring audiences and a mansion that makes cameras go crazy.

Séances, secrets and dark history at the centre of the only war fought in Canada.

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Court House

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.

Ghost Walks Gift Shop

126 Queen Street MAP & HOURS
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Gift Shop - accepted payment types - debit, interac, credit card

Niagara on the Lake Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $16.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $7.00
Seniors 60 & over . $13.00
+ HST Tax

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Upcoming Dates

 

  • 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

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FAQ &
About Niagara-on-the-Lake

 

Tour is about 90 minutes long

The Ghost Walks of Niagara on the Lake are completely outdoors other than a stop in the picturesque 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 the most famous ghostly hot-spot, The Angel Inn.

Yes! If you have a group of 8 or more people, we may be able to provide a discount (depending on night and time of year) for our tours. To find out, Contact Us, mention the number of people and desired date for the Niagara on the Lake tour.

Article written by Daniel Cumerlato

Niagara on the Lake was Upper Canada’s first capital.  It was home to many firsts for Ontario including the library, courthouse, post office, pharmacy, newspaper and church.

Colonel John Butler and his men settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake after leaving the United States post Revolution.  It’s these Loyalists who accomplished much.

The Capital

5 Parliament sessions held over 3 years.  This included the country’s greatest decision happening right here in Niagara on the Lake… when slavery was outlawed.  That’s one of the first laws of it’s kind.  Well, sort of.  It didn’t free current slaves, just stopped it for future generations.

To celebrate, politicians retired to The Harmonious Coach House which now called The Olde Angel Inn.  In 1796 the capital was moved to the less vulnerable York (today called Toronto)

Town is Burned

Good they moved it because on May 27 1813, as the War of 1812 raged, the American’s marched into town.

They took Queenston Heights, killing our famous General Isaac Brock.  Then burned Fort George to the ground.

The town was held until December 10 1813.  Then 7 months before being defeated at Lundy’s Lane (location of Drummond Hill Cemetery) and Stoney Creek (now part of Hamilton) one final insult dealt.  The invaders burned it to the ground.

Every structure destroyed except the McFarland House, some of Brockamour Manor, the Power Magazine in Fort George and random houses left for citizens (now gone).  The people rebuilt.

The 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.  But this town is different.

With the only war fought on Canadian soil.  There was death, violence, emotions and tragedy in a small place with history spanning over 200 years.  In a small town with 2 Ghost Walks and a book dedicated to the stories.  This all easily confirms Niagara on the Lake as Canada’s Most Haunted Town

So many ghost stories

Stories keep coming in.  If they were all told the Ghost Walks would be 4 hours long.  We made it a comfortable 90 minutes.

This proves a point.  There are so many stories… and here are 2 not featured on the tour.

The Legend of Sobbing Sophia

Sophia Shaw was said to be the love of General Isaac Brock.  The British’s most important strategist and great leader in Canada during the War of 1812.

Captain Powell’s family lived in the house now called Brockamour Manor.  Sophia was Powell’s sister-in-law who lived with the family.

Legend has it Brock met and fell in love with Sophia while stationed at Fort George in town.  Their courtship was fast due to the times.  Sophia’s father was against it.  Brock was important, but not of noble blood.  Her father denied Isaac permission to marry Sophia.  This didn’t stop them, but the war would.

October 1812 Brock is summoned to join his men at Queenston Heights (the next town over).  A strategic location.  If lost the Americans would gain Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The couple said goodbye.  Sophia didn’t know it was the last time.

Brock Dies

During the battle at Queenston Heights Brock charged up the hill into a heavy American assault.  Some soldiers 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.  Then 50 yards away an American sniper rose up and and fired into Brock’s chest.

The great General was dead.

Sobbing Sophia

With her beloved dead Sophia mourned for years.  It’s said she never married.  Always wondering 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.

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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”.

Among all of those workers in this building one belief is shared… they all know it’s haunted.  Even the skeptics believe it after hearing stories from co-workers they respect.

This includes a young girl walking down the hallway on the other side of this main door.

Niagara on the Lake courthouse
Niagara on the Lake courthouse

She hears a knocking from a room to her right, and immediately knows it’s not right.  It’s slow and methodical on the old wood door.  And when she looks over, she’s terrified to see it’s coming from the old jail cell, a room that has been dark, locked and empty for decades.

But just in case someone was trapped, she had to go check.  She runs and gets the key, comes back, puts the key in the lock… the knocking is still happening on the other side.

She pulls open the door and guess what she finds inside?  Why does everyone guess ‘nothing’?

If so… you’re right!   No ghost in a bed sheet or demon popping out of the ground.  That doesn’t happen in real life, so the only thing we could ask was “What happened to the knocking?”

What she told us was very interesting…

Full story in front of the haunted building on the Ghost Walks of Niagara on the Lake

The Victorian House has been making cameras go crazy for over a decade!

Victorian House, Niagara on the Lake
Victorian House, Niagara on the Lake

And one ghost story.  Was told to us by a local medic who works at the hospital just down Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake.

A couple of years ago a 911 dispatch received a call from this house at 2:15am.  They picked up the line and it was just dead-air on the other side.

Their policy is to send a medic anyway.  He arrived, searched around the house, knocked on the front door and determined the house was empty.

The next night at 2:15am, same call, same dead air, same medic arrives to the same empty house.

This happened every night for over a week straight before it stopped and hasn’t happened again since.

We know this place is haunted by an active spirit, and we are looking forward to learning more about HER as the years go by.

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Daniel

I'm a paranormal enthusiast since founding Haunted Hamilton back in 1999. Started with Hamilton's Bellevue Mansion (2000) and been hooked ever since. Left HH in 2012 to focus on my passion, the Ghost Walks. I love telling the stories of witnesses, and from the past, with the goal of proving ghosts are real.

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