Hermitage Ruins

Hermitage Ruins is our one-of-a-kind haunted tour into the forest at night. 

Beginning at the rarely opened Gatehouse, and then abandoning light for darkness. Ending in a hidden place filled with history, legends and ghost stories. 

Featuring voices from the woods, shadows following the tour, and experiences over generations of visitors. The home of Hamilton’s most known legend.

Tour includes free parking ($10 value)



Now booking Summer dates below…

Original Ghost Walk - Walking in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Hermitage Ruins since 2004
Hermitage Ruins

Sulphur Springs Road MAP
Ancaster (Hamilton), Ontario, Canada

Hermitage Ruins Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $15.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $13.50

+ HST Tax / No Hidden Fees!

What people are saying about the Hamilton tours…

Excellent4.9 Based on 409 reviews fromChris WhiteChris White ★★★★★ Great value and Sir Bob’s storytelling was fantastic.Kristen RoseKristen Rose ★★★★★ Love the tours provided. Enjoyable way to learn the historyChantelle LisaChantelle Lisa ★★★★★ Went on The Ghost Walks latest tour the Dark Trolley and had a great time so informative, and interesting. Daniel kept us entertained the whole time. 10/10 recommend. We signed up for another one on the drive homeKatie FavellKatie Favell ★★★★★ We booked a private walk of downtown Hamilton. Daniel was amazing! He was very engaging and knowledgeable. The tour was definitely an experience that I will always remember!Doug MillarDoug Millar ★★★★★ Ghost Walks latest tour, The Dark Trolley tour, was fun, informative, and an enjoyable evening! Thanks Daniel for being such fantastic host!Diggity DawgDiggity Dawg ★★★★★ My wife and I were just on the Dark Trolley tour, with Daniel this past weekend. He was an exceptional guide. Full of wit, charm, and vast amounts of knowledge. I discovered things about past criminal dealings and tragic events that happened right in our own backyard! We had a blast, and highly recommend Ghost Walks events to everyone. The trolley itself, adds a nice nostalgic element to the tour. Thanks Daniel!Lisa Marie PalmerLisa Marie Palmer ★★★★★ Had a great time on the Trolley Tour of Hamilton Harbour. Daniel is a wonderful host and story teller. Looking forward to more.Heather CampeaHeather Campea ★★★★★ we had a great time on the trolley tour! our tour guide was amazing!Kathleen DKathleen D ★★★★★ Toured Armitage Ruins, guide lady with the red hair was an enjoyable story teller. (Sorry couldn't remember her name) we did a 7pm tour in Aug so it was daylight still. If you book later in fall it would have more of a spookier element. *did anyone else smell manure when crossing the threshold?? We did!Valerie ArmelliniValerie Armellini ★★★★★ What a fun evening with Daniel in downtown Hamilton. He's a real storyteller, and a truly fun guy. He made the stories so interesting! Will be going on more of these walks!Just a great evening out. Thank you Ghost Walks!!Brian DoddBrian Dodd ★★★★★ I recently went on a ghost walk and it was absolutely amazing! The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging, and the stories she shared were both spooky and informative. I particularly enjoyed learning about the history behind some of the haunted locations we visited. Overall, I highly recommend this ghost walk to anyone looking for a fun and educational night out.Jorja MJorja M ★★★★★ Go Daniel!Your tour was excellent, informed, and well spoken!Sandra and Amelia AmosSandra and Amelia Amos ★★★★★ This tour was amazing. Daniel very personal and great storyteller!Kimberly AnnKimberly Ann ★★★★★ We went on the Hamilton's Dark History Tour yesterday. It was a fun walk through time. Daniel is a riveting storyteller. You'll find yourself engrossed in the intriguing and sometimes violent stories of the founding families of Hamilton, and the city's deep mob history. I'd recommend this to tourists and locals alike.Kimberly CabanasKimberly Cabanas ★★★★★ This was a fun walk through time. Daniel is a riveting storyteller. You'll find yourself engrossed in the intriguing and sometimes violent stories of the founding families of Hamilton, and the city's deep mob history. I'd recommend this to tourists and locals alike.Jessica JosefikJessica Josefik ★★★★★ Guide was a very enthusiastic and engaging ghost host. He is very knowledgeable about the subjects he is presenting. They draw the crowd in and holds their attention for each story and each site. I highly recommend Ghost Walks of Hamilton. I have gone multiple times & will be returning again!js_loader

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  • Summer 2023
    • Sat Aug 19th
  • Halloween 2023
    • Sat Sep 30th
    • Fri the 13th in Oct
    • Fri Oct 27th
    • Sat Nov 4th
Tour info
Hermitage Ruins Ghost Walks duration is about 75 minutes long
Ghost Walks Type of Tour
Hermitage Ruins - parking
Ghost Walks Wheelchair
Hermitage Ruins - gatehouse admission

group bookings for this tour
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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…

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Is this a Jump-Scare or Normal Tour?

It’s a normal Traditional Ghost Tour through the woods. Featuring a trained storyteller speaking legends, interesting history and ghost stories. This is not a scare “haunted house” tour. Note, we may have characters, but no jump scares.

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.

Are you connected to HH for Hamilton Tours?

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.

Legend of Ancaster

The Hermitage Ruins

The ruins of an old mansion exist in the historic town of Ancaster (now part of Hamilton).  For generations countless thrill-seekers have visited in search of ghosts.  Home to the paranormal but also dark ritual.  Maybe that’s why the land is cursed!

Cursed Nature

You don’t need to be psychic to feel it. When walking up the hill towards the ruins. A heaviness weighs down on you. Adults can push these dreadful feelings aside, say it doesn’t exist. Animals are different, possessing a sixth sense we’ve lost with evolution. On conservation land, but animals stay away from the path and ruins.

The Legend of Lover’s Lane

Maybe it begins with a legend.  Known in this region simply as “Lover’s Lane”. So famous, there’s a street named after it…

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.