Hamilton is the “Ambitious City”
Big names doing big things like actors Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Kathleen Robertson, hockey coach Pat Quinn and even a top politician named Sheila Copps all called Hamilton home. And no area embodies this like Downtown Hamilton. Ambitious energy can be dark too. Like murderess Evelyn Dick and Canada’s own Al Capone, a bootlegger named Rocco Perri. Rocco called Hamilton his home off of Bay Street South, as told on Hamilton’s Dark History. Even one of the top suspects in the Jack the Ripper murder case did business (and crime) near current day Royal Connaught.
Colourful women spirits of Downtown Hamilton
The Lady in White at the Royal Connaught, Lady in Brown at the old Capitol Theatre and the fittingly dramatic Lady in Red at Hamilton Place Theatre. All featured on the Ghost Walks. And featuring a darker past for Downtown Hamilton’s famous family, the McQuesten’s. Three generations before the rise of Ontario’s first roads minister, Thomas Baker McQuesten. Whitehern, our hidden historical gem, holds much energy. Stories kept from the public until we came along. With the tragic life of Isaac and his ghost just accepted by the employees.
The Right House
This was Hamilton’s first department store. The creator, Thomas Watkins, loved its elevators. This is proven as on his day off he dressed like a conductor and played with them. Some were witness to the fact he still loves them today, over 100 years after his death.
St. Paul’s Church
A church with the tallest free-standing stone steeple in Ontario. Designed by William Thomas who also created the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Brock’s Monument and Toronto’s Don Jail. The church got its first bell upgrade in the 1940’s, but right from the start they never worked. Beside the church is one of only two cemeteries in downtown. Not that Hamilton isn’t t historic. It’s because of a strange by-law passed. This created one of Canada’s oldest city cemeteries now across from Dundurn Castle. Hamilton remains the “ambitious city” with many new projects. And among them some of the most haunted buildings in Canada.