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.
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
The city’s secret haunted mansion
Adults . . . . . . . $14.16
Kids 13 & under . . . . $9.73
Seniors 60 & over . $12.39
+ HST Tax / No Hidden Fees!
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- Winter 2020
- Fri January 17 at 8:00p
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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!
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
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