Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake is 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.
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
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 firsts. 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. The Loyalists accomplished much.
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.
One of the first laws of it’s kind. Sort of. It didn’t free current slaves. Just stopped it for future generations.
To celebrate, the politicians retired to The Harmonious Coach House, now called The Olde Angel Inn.
In 1796 the capital was moved to the less vulnerable York (today called Toronto)
Burning of Niagara on the Lake
Good they moved it because on May 27 1813, as the War of 1812 raged, the American’s marched into town.
Niagara on the Lake was held until December 10 1813. 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. They burned Niagara on the Lake.
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 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.
With the only war fought on Canadian soil. Death, violence, emotions and tragedy in a small place with history spanning over 200 years. A small town with 2 Ghost Walks and a book dedicated to the stories. All this easily confirms Niagara on the Lake as Canada’s Most Haunted Town
So many ghost stories
Stories keep coming in. If all 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
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 Niagara on the Lake. 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 from Niagara on the Lake). 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.
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.
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.
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”.