Starting on the stairs of Toronto’s most impressive haunted building, Old City Hall. Walking the Yonge-Dundas Square area.
Vivid ghost stories such as the embarrassed court judges forced to believe. Also a secret haunt hidden by progress, the couple scared right out of their home and a morgue attendant dying to stay.
Stops at the city’s most haunted place the Mackenzie House, St. Michael’s Hospital, Massey Hall, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre and more!
Adults . . . . . . . $15.04
Kids 13 & under . . . . $6.19
Seniors 60 & over . $13.27
+ HST Tax
Old City Hall
Impressive starting location at a beautiful historic wonder
The first concert hall named after the city’s noble family
E & WG Theatre
The Elgin & Winter Garden is the world’s only double-decker. A one-of-a-kind home for ghosts.
Haunted Things to Do in Toronto
The top 10 things to do in the city of Toronto. Each item pairs wonderfully with the Ghost Walks (or instead of).
Haunted Things to Do #1 :: The Mackenzie House
The rebel of Toronto became its first mayor. William Lyon Mackenzie organized the Rebellion of 1837, trying to overthrow the Upper Canada government. He failed and fled. He eventually returned, to politics and eventually his home on Bond Street. He died there but might have never left.
Today this house is considered the most haunted in all of Toronto. Support them with a daytime visit and see the building in all its glory.
Haunted Things to Do #2 :: Casa Loma
Toronto’s magical castle on a hill. Not so magical for the first owner. Sir Henry Pellatt was thought crazy. Still, he wanted a medieval castle as a home and he would have it… for a very short time.
The venture bankrupted the once great man and ruined his dream. He died broke in 1923 while living in a small house in Mimico.
For more detail and ghosts, read our feature article. Casa Loma is the city’s most stunning historic house to tour.
Haunted Things to Do #3 :: Massey Hall
A great reason to miss out on our Ghost Walks. To experience Canada’s first Concert Hall!
The country’s oldest concert hall was opened in 1894. Built by wealthy industrialist Hart Massey of the locally famous family. Named in honour of his son Charles A Massey who died of Typhoid Fever. This story and ghost featured on the Ghost Walks.
Haunted Things to Do #4 :: Drive-by the country’s most haunted prison
Why oh why was this not made a museum. The Don Jail would be one of Canada’s most historic prisons, the darkest, and definitely the most haunted.
Location of the Boyd gangs dramatic escape, many hangings, inhumane treatment of prisoners and just an overall feeling of dread. It’s now part of a hospital!
Haunted Things to Do #5 :: Visit a History Graveyard (Guild Park & Gardens)
A graveyard of historic buildings. Pieces kept like massive gravestones to the city’s lost structures. This is one of the most impressive and unknown attractions in the city… and it’s free!
Want a haunted building? They’ve got that too. The Guild Inn is a success story of saved history and an old haunted hotel. Read about the history and ghosts!
Haunted Things to Do #6 :: Have a drink in a haunted mansion (Keg Mansion)
Jarvis Street is the city’s old high society. Not only do you see the Keg Mansion, but many others which once housed the families who made Toronto.
The Keg was once home to the McMaster family (yes, same one that founded Hamilton’s University). Then the locally famous Massey family (see Massey Hall above). And features one of the best ghost stories around, that of Lillian Massey’s loving maid. Read all about it in our feature article.
Haunted Things to Do #7 :: A Nice Walk on Toronto Island to Ghosts
Worth the trip… if just for the cheap ferry ride with a stunning view of the city and a calm walk on the secluded island. Then add in an over 200 year old lighthouse!
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse has guided ships around Toronto Island since 1808. Legend says the original and lonely lighthouse keeper J.P. Rademuller was murdered by some stationed soldiers over the alcohol content of his homemade beer.
The soldiers killed Rademuller, dismembered the body and buried him in many different graves around the lighthouse. Needless to say, he haunts it.
Haunted Things to Do #8 :: Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame
The beautiful building at Yonge and Front Streets. Now the Hall of Fame but originally a simple Bank of Montreal.
Opened in 1847, a long history featuring a tragic story of its resident ghost. Dorothy was a bank teller said to be having an affair with another, married teller. After being rejected the depressed girl walked into an upstairs washroom. She took out a gun and ended it with one shot to the head.
Employees feared Dorothy in the days of the bank (closed in 1983) and even today in the Hall of Fame. A fun visit for the history, the ghost and of course the Stanley Cup!
Haunted Things to Do #9 :: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Canada’s largest antiquities museum on par with New York’s Museum of Natural History. Filled with artifacts from every human era. Makes you think there’d be lots of ghosts. There’s one, but not from the artifacts.
It’s the ROM’s most dedicated founder, C.T. Currelly. A real life Indiana Jones. This treasure hunter started the museum as a way to show off his findings. He loved the place even if the public didn’t (at the time). Used to sleep over in a cot to be close to his artifacts. Then dying at the age of 82 in 1957.
Today is seen by workers. The old man in a nightgown, hunched over and limping through the building at night.
Haunted Things to Do #10 :: Hart House Theatre
Named after, you guessed it, Hart Massey of the famous Massey’s (see Massey Hall and Keg Mansion above).
Another great reason to miss out on our Ghost Walks. This was the first “little theatre” in Canada. So many soon to be famous actors graced this stage, including Hart’s grandson and Oscar winning Raymond Massey. Also Donald and Keifer Sutherland and many more!
Home to the ghost of a dedicated caretaker named Bert. He died in the 1950’s while coming to work. It’s believed his spirit just kept walking. Might not know he’s dead.
That’s it! All great compliments to the Ghost Walks of Toronto (or instead of if you choose).
Tour is approximately 80 minutes
This tour is outdoors unless otherwise stated. The locations featured are closed at night or unable to accommodate tour groups. The Mackenzie House is open as a museum during the day. Massey Hall, The Ed Mirvish and Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres are open for events.
Maybe. If space is available on that night walk-ins are possible. However many of the tours have been selling out in advance. Note: No cash payments accepted due to Toronto by-laws. Advance booking can be done through the option above
20 years of ghosts and a tradition has formed inside Old City Hall. Toronto reporters want to spend Halloween night inside Courtroom 33.
Location of many of histories most interesting trials now had a unique energy.
A reporter and her sister sign up one Halloween. They go in skeptical, not expecting much. Then right from the start they’re plagued by noises from a dark and empty hallway.
They’d hear footsteps in the hallway. Then running out to see no one. And a door slams down the hall.
A couple hours later and the women are huddled in a corner unable to sleep. Then at 3am, the witching hour, they saw “a cool fog” roll into the courtroom. Standing to back away, they found it hard to move. Like their feet were stuck to the floor.
That was enough and the women went home.
This is nothing compared to what happens to judges. Stand at Old City Hall for the amazing stories with the Ghost Walks of Toronto
Joe was a former attendant what today’s Fracture Clinic. But back in his time it was the morgue.
Joe loved his job, kept it for many decades and when turning 80 years old the hospital forced him to retire. He didn’t want to leave but they were afraid Joe would fall dead while cleaning a hallway. And then one day Joe grabs his chest and falls dead in a hallway. But he got his wish… Joe didn’t leave.
A few years ago, a worker stays late to finish some charts in that Fracture Clinic. Knowing he’s alone and there’s a noise from the end of hall. Sounds like a man laughing in the distance.
The worker shakes it off, “I’m just tired” and keeps going. Then a cold breeze comes into the room.
A beep from the hall, the worker peaks his head out to see a crash-cart computer came on. Then more beeps as all the computers in the nursing station turn on. And at the end of the hallway is the shadow of a man surrounded by fog.
That was enough, he runs, down the stairs and out to Queen Street. The door closes before realizing he didn’t have the key-card. He was locked out.
The worker knew his bosses would think him crazy if coming in to all the lights and computers on. He had to go back in.
Gets the security guard and they walk back. What he found was so surprising…
The rest of this story is featured on the Ghost Walks of Toronto