Emma’s Back Porch of Burlington

Feature Locations: Burlington, Ontario, Canada- –

HOSTED BY GHOST GUIDE DANIEL – Covering a beautiful historic haunt in the City of Burlington, Ontario, Canada… before it’s too late!  One of the oldest, continuously running restaurants around.  Hear about its one-time owner, and current-time ghost, Emma Byrens. 

All the history & ghosts and the current (dangerous) status of the building.

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Featuring the most darkly historic and haunted places around. From an longtime Ghost Walks’ tour guide with over 20 years in the paranormal!

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An interesting take on the ghost story podcast. This isn’t done with a spooky voice and jump scares. Daniel believes in ghosts. Spent his career passing along the best stories in Southern Ontario, Canada (and the World).

The Podcast was born out of this passion. It’s a take on his real life interactions with believers and skeptics alike. No ghost subject is off-limits. And yes, there are ghost stories!

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Personable! It’s real talk over dramatics. Raw talk with no script leading into ghost stories told with a unique love of the paranormal.

Gained from 20 years of “ghost guiding”. His style is intense. Pushed out from a place of respect for true paranormal experiences had by millions of people around the world.

This raw talk is what led him to the Podcast. Where else can you be true to your own style without interference.

Daniel’s experience…

20 years in the paranormal world. From being an investigator, to collecting stories… and then to telling them!

He’s been telling tales of dark history and ghosts to large groups since 2003. Continues to this day, with a renewed interest in the traditional art of storytelling.

The Podcast isn’t scripted! Doesn’t mean Daniel sacrifices his style. It’s a challenge he’s accepted many times before … how to mix (in the moment) realism and storytelling to make the stories interesting.

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2 replies on “Emma’s Back Porch of Burlington”

Love this podcast… Actually, there’s a couple of historical buildings in Burlington from the 1800s that haven’t received historical designation… one being St. Luke’s cemetery that I believe was built in 1826 and the other is the Queenshead from 1867… One of the reasons that they have not received historical designation is because it restricts them in what type of renovations can be done… For example, St. Luke’s church is a functioning church and needs to be fully accessible, therefore needs renovations for ramps etc. and if it was historically designated, they would not be able to make those modifications (so I am told)

I also wanted to bring up two interesting “facts” that are legends about Emma. One is she was best friends with Mary Palatte (My spelling may be off, but she was the lady of Casaloma… And together they were responsible for bringing the grow guides to Ontario) and the fact about Emma, was that she was a bootlegger … at two separate times during renovations, they found her stash was during the an early restaurant renovation in the 70s and the most recent one I believe in the 2000s was when they were renovating the back porch… the bottles (still full) and labelled! Interesting women

Thanks for the post and info, Christy! Didn’t know the connection to Sir Henry’s wife (of Casa Loma).

Bootlegger! That actually makes sense. Considering her prowess and ability to lure high-profile guests. That was one mystery I couldn’t figure. How does a restaurant get visitors like all the Prime Ministers and celebs, unless there was some kind connection.

Do you have any references for the bootlegger rumour?

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