Dundas Tour

Tours one of the oldest towns in Canada ~ Dundas

Among the most unique things to do in Hamilton! Experience the chilling quiet of the historic town of Dundas on our newest ghost tour.

Featuring the old Collins building, Shawn & Ed Brewery, and the sinister history of old hotels. Along with the ghost of the Post Office and a disturbing “Death Pact” now the main ghostly legend of Dundas.

With names and events never spoken! All the darker stories of the Valley Town.

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Dundas Ontario

Grafton Square MAP
Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Dundas Tour Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $15.00
Kids (13&Und) . . . . . . . $13.50

+ HST Tax / Small Booking Fee

What people are saying about the Hamilton tours…

Ghost Walks of HamiltonExcellentGhost Walks of Hamilton4.9 Based on 445 reviews fromSee all reviewslinda valconilinda valconi ★★★★★ Thoroughly enjoyed the Dundas walk. Wonderful storyteller and has clearly put a lot of effort into putting these walks together. Highly recommendedMandi Oh ZeeMandi Oh Zee ★★★★★ I took my son on Daniel's first tour of Dundas and let me say we won't look at the little town the same. My 10 year old hung on his every word. Thank you so much Daniel for such a fun, educational evening. As mentioned, you are a true master of you craft!Mehdi PakzadMehdi Pakzad ★★★★★ Very entertaining .......Lynne ThomasLynne Thomas ★★★★★ Great fun, lots of history, and excellent storytelling. Thanks!Melissa PuntiMelissa Punti ★★★★★ My friends and I went to the Hermitage ghost walk and it was amazing. We went the night before the full moon. Very informative and fun.Christy JeffrayChristy Jeffray ★★★★★ Can’t recommend the Dark Trolley tour lead by Ghost Guide Daniel high enough! The tour is the perfect length, the trolley comfortable (better than walking), the scenery and ambiance was perfect and then we get to the incredible stories that were shared. Everything from mobsters to shipwrecks to the war of 1812… There was not a dull moment on this tour. Ghost Guide Daniel is super knowledgeable, friendly and makes history come alive in a fun and entertaining way!Lisette SouterLisette Souter ★★★★★ I have had 2 extremely enjoyable events hosted by Daniel who is both highly entertaining and informative. I really enjoyed both the Dark Trolley ride as well as the Haunted Coach/Dundurn castle tour. Both events were chock full of interesting historical information shared by Daniel who has a way of making history both fun and exciting! Think you know Hamilton? Sign up for one or all of the fun-filled events that are sure to entertain and enlighten! I would highly recommend these events, they are an entertaining and pleasant way to spend a few hours learning about Hamilton's past. Events do fill up quickly!LisetteBill ClellandBill Clelland ★★★★★ Great event! Are guide was very good and knowledgeable with the history of the area!Canadian P.E.Canadian P.E. ★★★★★ I have gone on several different ghost walks with this organization and my latest one, at Dundurn Castle, was fantastic as usual. The guide for the bus tour, Daniel, is a great orator and makes the city's rich history come alive with the right mix of humour and horror.I love learning about local history and its darker side, and every single tour I've done with Ghost Walks has been endlessly interesting and spurred me on to do further research in the legends and stories they tell.The tour is reasonably priced and always has a spooky atmosphere. The guides are always super knowledgeable and so friendly and easy to talk to.The driver of our palatial bus was named Al and he was an absolute delight. Charming as heck and tops at maneuvering that behemoth around hairpin turns.5 stars all around, a real treat.Amy GiggalAmy Giggal ★★★★★ My family and I went on the Ghost Walk bus/castle tour of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton last night. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it! The bus tour guide and bus driver were a blast and the staff at the castle were very friendly and informative too. A wonderful experience to hear ghost stories while driving in a comfortable coach bus through the city and so much fun to explore and ghost hunt in the castle afterwards. Perfect evening! Thank you all!Nadia RushdiNadia Rushdi ★★★★★ We did the Hermitage forest walk Halloween Weekend, almost full moon and it was perfect. Our guide Geoff was a fantastic story teller and the experience was one of the best ghost walks I've ever. Did I mention how inexpensive it is vs the Toronto ones? I did manage to catch a photo of one if the spirits, you can decide if it's real or but do due this walk if you like adventure!LauraLaura ★★★★★ The history on area and property were great to hear. If you are scared, it is not scared 👻Rachel DyakowskiRachel Dyakowski ★★★★★ I’ve done three different ghost tour through Hamilton Ghost Walks and I recommend them to anyone interested in local history or celebrating spooky season. This year my mom and I did the Dundurn Castle tour and it was fantastic and well worth the money. Daniel is my favourite ghost guide!A.C CA.C C ★★★★☆ It was a really nice experience over all: the only down side is I wish we actually got to spend time at each location and get out and explore the locations even if it was only for 15mins.Jennifer RawlinsonJennifer Rawlinson ★★★★★ Had so much fun with our guide, Daniel. Highly recommend the ghost walk for local spooky stories that you can't get anywhere else!Dee MowatDee Mowat ★★★★★ My friend and I took our daughters on the Dundurn Castle and guided bus tour! We all had an amazing time! Daniel, our guide, was so entertaining with his stories and offered so many historical facts !! Lots of fun! I definitely recommend this tourjs_loader

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FAQ & Interesting Info

Why we are different from other Tours?

A focus on masterful storytelling at a reasonable price (with no hidden fees!).  First, we’ve put special attention into respecting the ghost story.  Also, with a dedication to traditional styles mixed with natural (and interesting) odd history.  This is our specialty since 2003.

Reviews | What people are saying…

Ghost Walks of HamiltonExcellentGhost Walks of Hamilton4.9 Based on 445 reviews fromSee all reviewslinda valconilinda valconi ★★★★★ Thoroughly enjoyed the Dundas walk. Wonderful storyteller and has clearly put a lot of effort into putting these walks together. Highly recommendedMandi Oh ZeeMandi Oh Zee ★★★★★ I took my son on Daniel's first tour of Dundas and let me say we won't look at the little town the same. My 10 year old hung on his every word. Thank you so much Daniel for such a fun, educational evening. As mentioned, you are a true master of you craft!Mehdi PakzadMehdi Pakzad ★★★★★ Very entertaining .......Lynne ThomasLynne Thomas ★★★★★ Great fun, lots of history, and excellent storytelling. Thanks!Melissa PuntiMelissa Punti ★★★★★ My friends and I went to the Hermitage ghost walk and it was amazing. We went the night before the full moon. Very informative and fun.Christy JeffrayChristy Jeffray ★★★★★ Can’t recommend the Dark Trolley tour lead by Ghost Guide Daniel high enough! The tour is the perfect length, the trolley comfortable (better than walking), the scenery and ambiance was perfect and then we get to the incredible stories that were shared. Everything from mobsters to shipwrecks to the war of 1812… There was not a dull moment on this tour. Ghost Guide Daniel is super knowledgeable, friendly and makes history come alive in a fun and entertaining way!Lisette SouterLisette Souter ★★★★★ I have had 2 extremely enjoyable events hosted by Daniel who is both highly entertaining and informative. I really enjoyed both the Dark Trolley ride as well as the Haunted Coach/Dundurn castle tour. Both events were chock full of interesting historical information shared by Daniel who has a way of making history both fun and exciting! Think you know Hamilton? Sign up for one or all of the fun-filled events that are sure to entertain and enlighten! I would highly recommend these events, they are an entertaining and pleasant way to spend a few hours learning about Hamilton's past. Events do fill up quickly!LisetteBill ClellandBill Clelland ★★★★★ Great event! Are guide was very good and knowledgeable with the history of the area!Canadian P.E.Canadian P.E. ★★★★★ I have gone on several different ghost walks with this organization and my latest one, at Dundurn Castle, was fantastic as usual. The guide for the bus tour, Daniel, is a great orator and makes the city's rich history come alive with the right mix of humour and horror.I love learning about local history and its darker side, and every single tour I've done with Ghost Walks has been endlessly interesting and spurred me on to do further research in the legends and stories they tell.The tour is reasonably priced and always has a spooky atmosphere. The guides are always super knowledgeable and so friendly and easy to talk to.The driver of our palatial bus was named Al and he was an absolute delight. Charming as heck and tops at maneuvering that behemoth around hairpin turns.5 stars all around, a real treat.Amy GiggalAmy Giggal ★★★★★ My family and I went on the Ghost Walk bus/castle tour of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton last night. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it! The bus tour guide and bus driver were a blast and the staff at the castle were very friendly and informative too. A wonderful experience to hear ghost stories while driving in a comfortable coach bus through the city and so much fun to explore and ghost hunt in the castle afterwards. Perfect evening! Thank you all!Nadia RushdiNadia Rushdi ★★★★★ We did the Hermitage forest walk Halloween Weekend, almost full moon and it was perfect. Our guide Geoff was a fantastic story teller and the experience was one of the best ghost walks I've ever. Did I mention how inexpensive it is vs the Toronto ones? I did manage to catch a photo of one if the spirits, you can decide if it's real or but do due this walk if you like adventure!LauraLaura ★★★★★ The history on area and property were great to hear. If you are scared, it is not scared 👻Rachel DyakowskiRachel Dyakowski ★★★★★ I’ve done three different ghost tour through Hamilton Ghost Walks and I recommend them to anyone interested in local history or celebrating spooky season. This year my mom and I did the Dundurn Castle tour and it was fantastic and well worth the money. Daniel is my favourite ghost guide!A.C CA.C C ★★★★☆ It was a really nice experience over all: the only down side is I wish we actually got to spend time at each location and get out and explore the locations even if it was only for 15mins.Jennifer RawlinsonJennifer Rawlinson ★★★★★ Had so much fun with our guide, Daniel. Highly recommend the ghost walk for local spooky stories that you can't get anywhere else!Dee MowatDee Mowat ★★★★★ My friend and I took our daughters on the Dundurn Castle and guided bus tour! We all had an amazing time! Daniel, our guide, was so entertaining with his stories and offered so many historical facts !! Lots of fun! I definitely recommend this tourjs_loader

Why are dates and times missing when booking?

When a date or time slot is missing in the Booking… If a missing time, that tour time is sold out.  A missing date, means the entire night is sold out.

Is this a Jump-Scare or Traditional Tour?

It’s a normal Traditional Ghost Tour. Featuring trained storytellers speaking of legends, interesting history and ghost stories. This is not a scare “haunted house”.

Should I book in advance?

Yes.  We are limited on space for tours.  Advance bookings allows us to guarantee spots for you, and book in additional guides if needed.

Bonus Story … Christmas Train Disaster of 1934

On Christmas Night in 1934, Engineer Norman Devine pulled the “CNR Holiday Special” out of the Dundas Station.  365 passengers heading to Toronto for the holidays.

Then the crank pin started overheating.  Mr. Devine made the decision to pull the train off the main track so he could assess the situation. 

The Special’s brakeman pulled the switch to divert the train onto the sidetrack, then switched it back to the main track to divert on-coming trains past the Holiday Special.

Was strange for the Brakeman to pull the switch, as this was normally the job of the official switchman, a guy named Edward Lynch.

Mistake of a Dundas Switchman

The Holiday Special wasn’t serviceable.  Stuck on the track just beyond the Dundas Station as the Switchman Edward Lynch returned.  And then he saw a light in the distance.

He knew this was the “Maple Leaf Flyer” going from Detroit to Montreal.  Thinking the switch was still set to the Sidetrack, he ran, panicking… and flipped it again.  Unaware the brakeman had done this.

Got there and flipped it.  Relieved to have diverted disaster.

At 9:21pm, the Flyer hit the Special at full speed.  Tearing through four passenger cars.  Knocking one car to the edge of a 150-foot cliff overlooking Dundas Valley.

Bodies littered the tracks around the wreckage.  Rescue workers searched though the dark cars, finding the injured by their screams and groans.

15 bodies found in the train and on the track.  40 others taken to the hospital with injuries.  And in the end, 18 people died that night.

Called, “The starkest tragedy to ever darkened a Hamilton Christmas.”  All happening in Dundas.

Dundas District Play a Morgue

Dundas never had a morgue with the space to handle so many dead bodies.  A quick solution was found just down the road with the Dundas District School. 

Built only 5 years prior, the basement gymnasium of the modern school was chosen.  All the bodies moved down there, lined up on the smooth floor.

This is where the families went to view and claim their dead.  Hence, one reason for the extreme ghostly energy of Dundas District School, and a featured ghost story on the Dundas Ghost Walks.

Edward Lynch and the Holiday Special’s Brakeman were blamed.  Later brought to trial on a charge of manslaughter. But in the end, it was deemed an understandable mistake as the jury returned a verdict of “Not Guilty”.

Bonus Story … Tragedy of Richest Man in Dundas

The building now used by the Thirsty Cactus Restaurant and apartments in Dundas, Ontario, Canada was built in 1834.  Almost 200 years ago, this was the first business for James Coleman, who temporarily lived as the richest man in the Valley Town!

Built for a neighbourhood grocery story called Coleman & McIntyre.  Run by two James’s, Coleman and McIntyre.  Dealers in groceries, wines, liquors, provisions, paints, oils, dyestuffs, stone and glassware, pig iron, coals, and more!

Built up his fortune in the town from investments.  Focusing mostly on Milling.  Made an incredible fortune, helping to bring up the Dundas manufacturing prowess.

So well respected in town, he became mayor of Dundas in 1850 and served for two years.

Then in 1857, he built Ogilvie Terrace.  This was once the largest and most beautiful house in Dundas.

Odd Deaths of the Coleman Kids

A strange occurrence in the life of James and his wife was the curse of their children.  Six never made it to adulthood or given the chance at marriage or grandkids.

Including…

  1. John Coleman died in 1839 at 3-years-old.
  2. Jane Coleman died in 1842 at 5-years-old.
  3. James Jr. died in 1847 at only a few-days-old.
  4. Margaret died in 1854 at 15-years-old.

Then there was his first-born son and heir, Edwin.  Along with his daughter, Caroline.

Happened in 1865, when the two of them went out with a few friends.  They took a rowboat onto the Desjardins Canal. 

Later that evening, a large Steamer Ship called The Argyle came through, not seeing the small rowboat.  A large wave came through as one of the girls panicked and stood up.

This caused the rowboat to flip, throwing the kids into the water and the pressure pulled them under. 

  1. Caroline Coleman died in 1865 at 20-years-old.
  2. Edwin Coleman died in 1865 at 22-years-old.

In the end, only two of the eight Coleman children survived into adulthood.

And it’s said James never recovered from the death of Edwin and Caroline.  Counting as one of the reasons for his downfall.

Downfall of James Coleman

James Coleman may have become the first millionaire of Dundas.  However, after the 1865 tragic death of Caroline and Edwin, it seemed like nothing could go right.

History claims the reason for his failure was the collapse of wheat prices, a big part of his milling business.  This began at the end of the Crimean and American Civil Wars.

And then… his beautiful home, Ogilvie Terrace, burned down.  A great cost put back into the house to fix it up, which depleted his money.

The years past, all leading up to 1881. 

After his wife died while the two of were living in Toronto.  He returned to live with his son-in-law and daughter in a house on Caroline Street in Hamilton.  It’s here James Coleman died from what the Hamilton Spectator reported as, “… a short illness”.

And a final description of the man which stated… “Mr. Coleman was a large hearted, liberal man, and a consistent member of the Methodist Church”.