Downtown Hamilton

A tour 15 years in the making!  Downtown Hamilton has some of its best ghost stories.

With main landmarks the Royal Connaught, Right House, Hamilton Place, St. Paul’s Church and the Gothic Pigott Building.

The colourful women ghosts and a secret haunted gem.  The love of a caretaker defies death, proof theatres are just more haunted and our connection to Jack the Ripper.

Experiencing the haunted city in a really unique way.

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Gore Park

This fountain is a symbol of Hamilton, with a dark history

St. Paul's Church

They knew the tallest stone steeple was filled with gremlins

Whitehern

The city’s secret haunted mansion

Royal Connaught Courtyard

Corner of King St East & John St
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Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $13.27
Kids 13 & under . . . . $6.19
Seniors 60 & over . $10.62
+ HST Tax

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Upcoming Dates

 

  • July 2019
    • Fri July 19 at 8:30p
  • August 2019
    • Fri August 02 at 8:30p
    • Sat August 17 at 8:30p
  • September 2019
    • Sat September 07 at 8:00p
    • Fri September 20 at 8:00p
  • October 2019
    • Fri October 04 at 8:00p
    • Sun October 20 at 7:00p
    • Sun October 27 at 7:00p
    • Devil’s Night Wed Oct 30 at 7:00p
  • November 2019
    • Sat November 02 at 7:00p
  • December 2019 : X-Mas Tours
    • Sat December 21 at 8:00p
    • Sat December 28 at 8:00p

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The Ghost Walks
5.0
Based on 57 reviews
Had a great time was my first ghost walk cant wait to come and do it again 🙂
Sarah Andrew
Sarah Andrew
04:31 15 Jul 19
wonderful experience beautiful town so happy we made sure to do this during our stay!
Kristin Noelle Blazona
Kristin Noelle Blazona
03:26 15 Jul 19
Went to the Niagara-on-the-Lake tour, the docent was great, very feeling. The information was cool, and I liked that there was so much history in with the ghosts.
Amanda Capar
Amanda Capar
02:58 13 Jul 19
Went on the Ghost Walk last night and it was very informative and spooky. Our guide Geoff spoke clearly and kept everyone’s attention. The tour was the perfect length and had us all throughout Niagara on the Lakes downtown core. Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed!
Melanie Green
Melanie Green
02:11 08 Jul 19
We went on the ghost walk Niagara-on-The-Lake on Mother’s Day weekend- we had a great time! Our host Daniel did a great job at keeping us captivated- great story telling! Would recommend!
Melanie Todd
Melanie Todd
13:06 03 Jul 19
We went on this tour last week and found it very interesting! I recommend it for sure!
Jody Stradeski
Jody Stradeski
15:13 02 Jul 19
Sir Bob rocks!!! Fun entertaining night.
Bill Batari
Bill Batari
06:56 24 Jun 19
Great evening in a beautiful place. Loved the stops and the stories. Wonderful and creepy, just how I like it
Nichole Cuomo Bell
Nichole Cuomo Bell
06:42 24 Jun 19
Always a great time! Good for history buffs and fans of the supernatural alike. The story tellers are so captivating and can throw in a bit of humour to break the tension! I’ve been to three of their tours, and will look forward to more. Would highly recommend. 👍🏾
Tandeka Tremblay
Tandeka Tremblay
00:19 24 Jun 19
Our walk through Hermitage Ruins last evening was interesting and enjoyed it very much. We enjoyed the stories our ghost guide, Geoffrey told us. Even though it rained it did not dampen our spirits.
Ada Blair
Ada Blair
05:17 17 Jun 19
I just attended the Dark history of Hamilton. Daniel led the tour with well researched knowledge of the stories he told us on the tour. My friend Antonella now wants to join me on one of these tours. Thank-you Daniel.
Mary Joan Martinez
Mary Joan Martinez
05:11 16 Jun 19
Very interesting, lots of fun. Daniel did a great job of telling the stories. I actually wished it was longer.
Joel Mcquaid
Joel Mcquaid
14:02 15 Jun 19
We were the only two on our walk but that did not matter. Jackson our guide was awesome. He keep our attention and answered questions we had. He said that we were his first tour on his own. If he did not tell us that we would never had guessed it. I highly recommend doing one of these walks. The night we went out it was raining but when we stopped at the lake the fog made it that much more creepy.
Rocky VonCat
Rocky VonCat
20:46 07 Jun 19
omfg where do I start Daniel was awesome Fun uplifting.. Had an amazing time.. can't wait for the next one
Annette Sweet
Annette Sweet
22:44 19 May 19
This is our second ghost walk in Ontario. The first was at Fort George in Niagara on the Lake. Both times the hosts were excellent at creating excitement, curiosity and emotional effect. The stories told have enticed us to want to explore more cities in the Province we were born into. Hamilton has never been a destination we would put on our travel itinerary but after learning about the history of some of the buildings and characters that once lived there, we are intrigued to go back during daylight hours ; ) Thank you Daniel for a fun, informative and spooky night!The Hennesseys
Daniel was great host right from the start to the finish. He was very informative with the haunting history of NOTL. He tell's stories of war's dating back to the 1800's, murder's and haunting mysteries that even today go unsolved. Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place to take a Ghost Walk as it is one of the most haunted and oldest parts of history in Canada. I would highly recommend this Ghost Walk and hope you end up with Daniel he's a great story teller. If you are looking for creepy, intriguing and exciting dark and spooking night take a Ghost Walk with Daniel you'll love it. Thanks
Cindy Pratt
Cindy Pratt
00:00 22 Apr 19
We had a great time and loved our tour guide Bill.
Katie Knipp
Katie Knipp
20:05 14 Apr 19
Great tour in Niagara on the Lake!
Gabriel Hoff
Gabriel Hoff
14:26 08 Apr 19
Last minute my husband and I decided to take a “Haunted Expedition” to Niagara-on-the-Lake and I was so excited to add a Ghost Walk Tour to our trip. This was the first time I’ve been able to take one of these tours and I foresee many more in the future. In the 90 minutes our guide lead us around the most historic and beautiful parts of the town, engaging and interacting with the group and not once did I think “is it almost over??” In fact, I wish there could’ve been more. It was great to spend an evening with other believers hearing the stories and history of the town. In our tour, a woman was taking photos of a house in town from behind my husband and I. She was using an iPhone which has the ability to take “Live Photos” which is simply a 3 second video that allows you to choose the perfect picture. Anyways. During one of these Live Photo’s, there was a glitch in her camera that made it zoom in on the back of my husbands head and very quickly, his face appears on the back of his head. Super creepy, I have a sensitivity and at this location I felt very sick to my stomach, could this have been why? Thank you so much Ghost Walks! Until next time!
My daughter and i had a fantastic time at Michelin Priory. The story's and tour of the prioy was great. Highly recommend to both young and old for a night out with a difference.
Simon Heasman
Simon Heasman
21:06 06 Apr 19
We went last night with a group of friends and family and it was very informative and fun. Lots of history of the town and a nice long walk to several spots. Would recommend.
Brendan Garland
Brendan Garland
02:47 31 Mar 19
We had a wonderful time with our guide Geoffrey! Lots of history and spooky ghost stories... looking forward to going on another tour in the future!
I highly recommend THE GHOST WALKS. We did the Niagara on the Lake yesterday evening and it was so fun! Daniel told us so many interesting facts about the dark side of this beautiful tourist destination. We even experienced a creepy vision or two...or did we!
Francesca Fusaro
Francesca Fusaro
02:26 28 Jan 19
After going on a ghost walk in Salem, MA, my boyfriend and I were thrilled when we saw a sign for a ghost walk in NOTL! Bill (Sir William) did an amazing job as our tour guide, had great stories and extensive knowledge of the area. Awesome time!
Hayley Elizabeth
Hayley Elizabeth
20:40 16 Dec 18
Went on our first ghost walk last night in downtown Hamilton. It was cold but the walk was so interesting didn’t even notice it - 90 mins flew by! We had Daniel as our guide and he was excellent. Appreciate all the research that clearly goes into these tours and the little tidbits here and there walking from one stop to the next. Can’t wait to do another!
Callie Marie
Callie Marie
00:34 10 Dec 18
I absolutely recommend you go on one of The Ghost Walks.They are not only informative about our city's history, they are also a lot of fun.Daniel Cumerlato has a great knowledge of our "Dark" history and can weave a tale to keep you captivated...he has a great sense of humor too.I do enjoy these Ghost Walks and hopefully you will too.Thanks again Ghost Walks and I'll see you soon.
I finally got out for a Ghost Walk ! I literally found myself hanging on every word Daniel spoke! The history and Ghost stories in the cold dark night were just amazing! I will be back for more! I seriously recommend Fhost Walks . You won’t be disappointed !
Sean Bath
Sean Bath
15:02 09 Dec 18
Excellent history, wonderful story telling. Always entertaining.
Nick Spring
Nick Spring
19:17 24 Nov 18
The atmosphere alone is worth going. Our guide did an amazing job of retelling The Hermitage's history, which was an added bonus. Even if you are not interested in the ghost aspect, it won't disappoint.
Karin Schliesske
Karin Schliesske
19:30 16 Nov 18
Creepy Toronto history sites discussed along guided tour. Wish we could have explored inside them though!
JG Smith
JG Smith
12:42 05 Nov 18
Daniel is an engaging, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable guide. We took the bus tour. It was fun, informative and a great evening!!
Patricia Barlow
Patricia Barlow
20:01 04 Nov 18
had an awesome night last night on the ghost bus tour ...the ghost legends were great ...love albion falls day or night ...over all was an awesome experience that i would do again ...its a must do!!!
Nance Mallon
Nance Mallon
16:31 04 Nov 18
We had an amazing time. The guide was very nice and played the role very nicely. Lots of great stories. Would recommend to all ages!
Hassan Wadi
Hassan Wadi
13:43 03 Nov 18
If you would like to learn about the dark history of Niagara-on-the-Lake then this tour is the best way to do it. The guides are entertaining and very informative. Our guide Sir Bob did an extraordinary job telling the group about all the history. It’s a great way to learn about the most haunted city in Canada. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone who is interested or even curious to learn about the Hauntings that exist in this beautiful, and very historical city.
Mike Da Costa
Mike Da Costa
15:43 02 Nov 18
This was an amazing, informative guide! Both my sister and I really enjoyed the tour. We are Toronto girls born and bred but didn't have a clue about our city in this light. Daniel was enthusiastic, theatrical (but in a good way), informative and kind. He was also very helpful to me when I needed to reschedule my date from September to October. He was quite accommodating to that personal matter. I look forward to taking more tours in the near future when the weather gets warmer! thanks again, Daniel!
Maleeka Shaw
Maleeka Shaw
19:39 28 Oct 18
Did the downtown Toronto Ghost Walk that started at Old City Hall and rate my experience 5/5. I loved how our guide, Sandra, mixed in general facts about the locations with cool ghost stories. Also loved her enthusiastic energy. Definitely a cool way to learn more about the city's history. Would absolutely book a tour again for a different neighbourhood.
Sabrina Persaud
Sabrina Persaud
21:13 27 Oct 18
We have now done the Ghost Walks at The Scottish Rite & Ruthven. Absolutely fantastic! Packed full of historical information, great spooky stories and stunning settings! We had the same tour guide both times...she is a wonderful storyteller!
Colleen O'Neill
Colleen O'Neill
12:56 27 Oct 18
I took my pathfinder unit on the downtown walk and everyone had a great time!! Definitely would recommend this walk 🙂
Sammie Leeman
Sammie Leeman
16:25 26 Oct 18
My wife and I attended the Niagara on the Lake ghost walk on a cold windy Sunday night. It turned out to be the perfect setting for our guide to shine! Stella, our guide, did an awesome job and was very knowledgeable about the area and our numerous stops. Looking forward to attending another one soon!
Mike Cann
Mike Cann
03:36 23 Oct 18
Took the kids to the Scottish Rite ghost walk. It was very entertaining. Our guide was quite the actress and did an awesome job "setting the mood." Gorgeous spooky building.
Georgia Corkins
Georgia Corkins
15:09 22 Oct 18
We joined the tour at the Scottish Rite. It was just amazing. All the historical facts and the spooky stories told by our guide, who was phenomenal, were creepy and so realistic. I didn't get bored even one minute. Special thanks to our guide. Her performance was so amazing. When she was telling all the spooky stories, I had that feeling it's just happening that moment. for sure we will join another walk.
Arkın Gelişin
Arkın Gelişin
11:16 22 Oct 18
My daughter and I took the ghost walk last week and we really enjoyed it. We loved learning about local history and legends. Our guide was a wonderful storyteller. Niagara on the Lake is a beautiful town as well!
Andrea Bond
Andrea Bond
18:19 21 Oct 18
The guide Stella was great! Thank you so much for a great tour!! It was so interesting to hear all about the history of NOTL and to walk around downtown and by the water! I even had a weird experience happen! I always recommend people go because you never know what to expect 😉
Erica Dobbelsteyn
Erica Dobbelsteyn
15:43 21 Oct 18
Our guide, Mitchell, was amazing even though the weather was absolutely wretched.
Sarah Duggan
Sarah Duggan
13:37 21 Oct 18
Definitely 5 stars!!!! Just finished our ghost walk with the girl filling in for Andy while he’s in Ottawa. It’s was only her second tour ever and she was delightful. Spoken well, delivered with great intonation! My son and enjoyed ourselves and now have three more things we want to do inspired by this tour. Thank you so much!
Fran Bongard
Fran Bongard
16:03 16 Oct 18
When I zoomed into the window of the house I took a pic of I saw a face.
Jeni Blume
Jeni Blume
23:48 09 Oct 18
I love the ghost walks at all of the different locations . It’s always an awesome experience to look back into the past an learn of those events in time . All of the guides we have had for different walks have been amazing an very personable !! 👻
Sherry Pine-Boyer
Sherry Pine-Boyer
03:58 09 Oct 18
It was extremely cool. Geoff our guide was really knowledgeable and interesting. Second ghost walk we’ve done and really enjoyed both. We will go on another one.
Nancy Confalone
Nancy Confalone
01:08 09 Oct 18
Fun and informative evening! Great fun! Would do again!
Carol Robson
Carol Robson
20:16 07 Oct 18
Was very enjoyable going back again next year
Joanne Stevenson
Joanne Stevenson
11:54 01 Oct 18
Went on a Ghost walk the other night and it was awesome. Our story teller was the best. GREAT !!!
Donna Ozol Lyons
Donna Ozol Lyons
00:42 30 Sep 18
I recommend Ghost Walk in Niagara-on-the-Lake, known as the most haunted town in Canada. Our guide was very interesting and informative about each of the stops we made on our 90 minute walk and even as a local, I learned more about the town and its history,
Robyn Moore
Robyn Moore
15:27 28 Sep 18
I recommend Ghost Walks for sure ,, it was a lot of fun and the stories were insane but so cool ,, our tour guide Bill aka Sir William seemed like he loved his job and he was so nice and did so awesome telling the stories ,, i would defiantly do it again ,, my boyfriend and i loved it and i would absolutely do it again
Becky Stelmach
Becky Stelmach
20:27 19 Sep 18
took the ghost walk at Toronto distillery best time ever Owen was an excellent tour guide kept us intrigued the whole time
Char Harris
Char Harris
18:44 18 Sep 18
The town is full of history and everyone is friendly! We did not see any ghosts, but enjoyed the tour a lot!
Diane Acedo
Diane Acedo
07:54 09 Sep 18
I have now been on approximately 9 different ghost walks in different cities and found that this company does one of the best jobs. Definitely most well researched. The Bus Tour is the best as by travelling they can cover more interesting stories in the allotted time.
Stephanie Dub
Stephanie Dub
17:55 20 Aug 18
We had a great time on our ghost walk. Our guide was fun, energetic and really made our tour exciting.I actually caught something in one of my photos. A weird blue light were there was nothing?
Gary Troy Miller
Gary Troy Miller
03:03 07 Aug 18

A focus on masterful storytelling and a reasonable price. We’ve put special attention into respecting the ghost story. This dedication to traditional styles mixes well with the natural (and only interesting) odd history. It’s been our specialty since 2003!

This is an outdoor tour in Hamilton’s core. Most locations are abandoned, closed at night, unable accommodate our group… or is an alleyway! Book for our indoor tours at Ruthven and Castle Kilbride

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. Find out by Making Contact.   Mention the number of people and desired date for your group.

No. There was a connection a few years back for promotion only. Ended in 2012. All Hamilton based, and other tours, originated from our same love of ghost stories starting with Downtown Hamilton in 2003.

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.

They Moved the Bodies

There are only two small graveyards left in Downtown Hamilton.  Not because the city didn’t have them.  Hamilton’s core is very historic once containing many backyard pioneer cemeteries.

This would change with the creation of one of Canada’s oldest city cemeteries, the Hamilton Cemetery.  Setup at Burlington Heights across from Dundurn Castle.  However it wasn’t an official cemetery until… oh, how do we say it?  Until residents were moved in.

Hamilton didn’t want to wait for people to die.  They spent tax payer money to create one of the strangest by-laws in Canadian history.

“You can’t bury your dead in the backyard.  All must be buried in the Hamilton plots.”  And strangest of all… “you can’t grandfather in the current graveyards!”

Tax Money to Dig Up Loved Ones

Tax payer money spent for men with carriages and shovels.  They went around and dug up people’s loved ones.  The coffins moved into waiting plots of the Hamilton Cemetery.  This included the Hamilton family (where city gets its name) now located just inside the main gate on the left.

Visit the St. Paul’s cemetery on the Ghost Walks of Downtown Hamilton

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Daniel of the Ghost Walks

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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