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Screaming Tunnel | Niagara’s Haunted Place to Visit

For over 100 years the legendary Screaming Tunnel in Niagara has been a right-of-passage for St. Catharine’s youth. 

Are they brave enough to go inside this terrifying place at night?  Hold up a wooden match. Face the ghost of a murdered girl.  Those who take part are accepted.  Those who fail… meet social ruin.


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Ghost Guide James outside with guest – Haunted Niagara Bus Trip

Why a Tunnel in Niagara

Said to be a train tunnel built for the Grand Trunk Railway in the 1800’s.  A north-to-south line.  But the route was changed. Tracks placed overtop going east-to-west.

The tunnel left abandoned, providing some houses easy access to the main road.

The Legend of the Screaming Tunnel

This is as much the story of the “Screaming Tunnel” as its ghost!  But why such fear… and why a wooden match?

The far end of the tunnel leads to a pathway through woods.  Along this path existed a small cluster of homes.

Everyone knew everyone else’s business, including that of a distraught couple with an alcoholic father, his abused wife and their daughter.  After he got violent one too many times, the wife wanted to leave him.

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Inside the Screaming Tunnel

He went into a rage.  “She’s my daughter too!”  Knocking his wife unconscious as the little girl ran out of the house. 

She stumbled into the tunnel and crouched down. Soon, heard her father’s approach.  Just his breath in the darkness. Then a snap as cold liquid poured down on her.  A small wooden match held up and caught light, as his tossed it down at her.

Her screams gave the tunnel its name. 

A disturbing legend for a disturbing place.


Dead Zone Movie in Tunnel

The David Cronenberg movie filmed in the Niagara Region in 1983. Many scenes around Niagara-on-the-Lake and the scenic route into Niagara Falls.

And one detour! Wonder how that production meeting went. If they chose the tunnel because the scene called for it, or heard about the brutal legend.

In the scene, Johnny (Christopher Walken) examines a dead body in the tunnel. Here are some scream shots from the movie…

Ghost Guide James tell the Legend

Video captured on the Haunted Niagara Bus Trip (2013) when visiting the Tunnel. Warning: Graphic Content

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2 replies on “Screaming Tunnel | Niagara’s Haunted Place to Visit”

Did they move the Screaming tunnel ?? It has been in Niagara Falls right on the boundary of Niagara on the Lake as long as I have been around. Not St Catharines or Thorold.

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