Niagara’s Dark History

Dark History Tour – – Only dark history and strange stories of Canada’s Prettiest Town, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Featuring the true villain of the 1813 burning, a disgruntled British politician.  With a disappearance that almost ended Freemasonry, the lover’s public execution and standing up to slavery with violence.

Plus a leisurely walk through Ontario’s oldest cemetery, stories of Niagara’s daredevils and a hidden historic fort.

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Ghost Walks Gift Shop

126 Queen Street MAP & HOURS
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Gift Shop - accepted payment types - debit, interac, credit card

ARRIVE 5-10 MINS EARLY FOR CHECK-IN & INSTRUCTIONS

Niagara Dark history Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $14.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $11.00
Seniors 60 & over . $12.50

+ HST Tax / No Hidden Fees!

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  • Oct 9th – 30th 2021
    • Every Saturday @ 500p
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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.

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Jody Thomas
Jody Thomas
17:44 01 Aug 21
Daniel did an amazing job with our tour!! Very... knowledgeable and his appreciation for the area and all its inhabitants were very apparentread more
jani78701
jani78701
12:24 23 Jul 21
My husband and I joined the tour last night while on our... honeymoon staying at the Queenslanding. Our tour guide Katrina was beyond amazing and told her stories with so much passion. While the group stopped at the house behind the apothecary we didn't experience any phenomena but later after the tour we decided to return in front of the house rather than across the street to take a selfie and I felt someone tugging my hair and actually yelled it felt so strong 😱read more
David Levine
David Levine
02:10 11 Jul 21
Great and spooky tour! Sir Lawrence was informative and... very entertaining.read more
Rachel Saylor
Rachel Saylor
14:03 10 Jul 21
With the great Sir Lawrence as our guide we explored the... new Niagara Dark History Tour. We so enjoyed discovering this other side of Niagara’s most beautiful town. Interesting sites and fascinating stories shared by an engaging and passionate storyteller! A great history tour for both visitors and locals!read more
Katie Dato
Katie Dato
13:02 05 Jul 21
Very fun tour, the guide was amazing and fun. Also such a... beautiful little town with such a rich history!!read more
Eric Kerr
Eric Kerr
03:38 05 Jul 21
My girlfriend and I went on Lady Stella's tour last night,... and we really loved it! Stella is a masterful storyteller and guide, as well as being friendly, considerate, and a great spooky mood-setter. Real pleasure! (See attached a potential ghost photo I captured!)read more
Andrea Lang
Andrea Lang
20:55 04 Jul 21
Daniel was an excellent tour guide who expertly told us... about the ghostly history that surrounds NOTL.read more
Caroline Topperman
Caroline Topperman
02:20 04 Jul 21
No visit to NOTL is complete without a Ghost Walk. Huge... shoutout to Sir Lawrence. The walk was entertaining with just the right amount of spooky..read more
Michelle Richardson
Michelle Richardson
01:11 22 Jun 21
Lady Stella Marie was our guide and she was fantastic!... Loved her energy and would recommend this tour.read more
June Bremner
June Bremner
01:29 20 Jun 21
We have gone on many ghost walks and this one was one of... the best! Our tour guide was Sir Lawrence and he was a master at spinning spooky tales from the past. We learned a lot about the area. Thank you for a great evening!read more
Blair Vaz
Blair Vaz
14:15 08 Mar 21
We had a great time on our ghost tour and learned a lot... about the history of NOTL—Canada’s most haunted town. It seems like every building had a ghost story. Our guide Stella was wonderful since the beginning. She engaged and interacted with everyone and we never lost interest due to her incredible storytelling, theatrics and 19th century verbiage. Highly recommend this informative tour any time of the season! PS Is there a historic glowing figure in the third window at the Royal Theatre? You decide!read more
Louise Adams
Louise Adams
15:37 19 Oct 20
Had a great time on the ghost walk last Saturday with our... guide Mitchell Glass. Mitchell was informative and entertaining. It was our second tour of the area that day and it was great to see how the information in both tours gelled wonderfully. Would do this tour again and will recommend it to others. Thanks for a great night we really enjoyed it.read more
Angi Noe-Cameron
Angi Noe-Cameron
22:18 18 Oct 20
My husband, myself and two of our friends went on the Ghost... Walk last night (October 17), and we had an amazing time. Daniel was our guide and he was amazing - funny, knowledgeable, super entertaining. We had a super time and absolutely recommend this experience to everyone who likes a bit of history mixed with a bit of spooky!read more
Nick Agurto
Nick Agurto
02:26 08 Oct 20
My wife and I had a great experience on our ghost walk,... minus a few skunks roaming around. Lindsey was our guide and she was a great story teller. The way she conveyed the stories was very enticing and entertaining. Also, the scenic setting of NOTL with all its history, made the walk exceptional. Highly recommendread more
Misty S
Misty S
02:08 05 Oct 20
Had the best time tonight for our ghost walk! I think our... guide was named Lindsey. She had a great storytelling voice and was very enthusiastic. She had me totally captivated the entire walk!!! It did rain for most of our tour, but now having done it in the rain, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way! It just added to the "spookiness"!I will definitely return for more!!read more
Arathi Paramsothy
Arathi Paramsothy
20:29 20 Sep 20
I love doing Ghost Walks in every historic city I go to.... While it doesn't beat my number 1 (London, England), this was an amazing walk. Our guide, Lindsay, had lots of great info and was incredibly engaging. So many cool ghost stories.This infamous house that blurs photos did blur the photos for one girl in our group surprisingly! And it's wasn't just one photo, it was every photo she took!There's plenty of free street parking off Queen St. and our tour lasted just under 2 hours. I highly recommend this Ghost Walk if you've got an open evening and are in the Niagara area.read more
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Are group discounts available?

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.

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.

Should I book in advance?

Yes.  We are very limited on space for tours (2020/21).  Advance bookings allows us to guarantee spots for you, and book in additional guides if needed.

Can I buy tickets right before the tour?

Yes.  As long as the tour isn’t sold out. 

Please arrive at the Ghost Walks Gift Shop 15-20 minutes before the tour time.  You can buy tickets and get really easy directions to the starting location.  The starting location is a 3 minute walk from the shop.

Do we go into any of the buildings?

This is an outdoor tour.  Featuring a walk through the cemetery and stop in the picturesque Gazebo.

Precautions for COVID-19

Limitations to visitors inside the gift shop at one time, mix with strict cleaning policies. Groups capped at 14-16 people with social distancing and masks are recommended during the tour.

St. Mark’s Cemetery Walk

Oldest in Ontario

One of the main features of this unique tour is a stroll through St. Mark’s Cemetery.  The oldest in Ontario gives it a feel more common in historic European towns.  With randomly places stones and crypts shaded by mature trees.

The site of much history and legend.

Featuring…

  • The most important rock of the War of 1812
  • The tragic story behind two empty graves
  • A gruesome legend around one damaged stone
  • And the reason for an unmarked grave

It’s the kind of cemetery you’d expect to be in the legendary Niagara-on-the-Lake.  And a big part of this late afternoon stroll through the darker side of Canada’s Prettiest Town.

Canada’s Most Haunted Town has to have Dark History

Much Very Dark History

So many stories surround this very historic region.  British Canada was born out of the violence in Niagara.  This Tour is all about that rich history.

Including the Burning of Niagara on the Lake

After the defeat of the American’s in Stoney Creek.  The War of 1812 is looking bleak.  For none more than a former British Loyalist named Joseph.  He staked his whole life on the Americans.

Failed and ruined.  When hearing the Americans would abandon Niagara-on-the-Lake, Joseph snapped. 

It was British Politician!

It was Joseph who suggested they burn the town.  Said, “To deny the British shelter during the cold winter.  It’ll slow them down.” 

Then on the night of December 10th, 1813, he rode around town on his horse forcing families out of their homes. 

Many ran in fear to succumb to the cold.  As soldiers marched and burned.  Over 400 women, children and elderly forced into the cold.

Just a taste.  The interesting parts of the full history featured on Niagara’s Dark History Tour.

Visiting the Graves – Full and Empty

Includes a walk-through Ontario’s oldest cemetery at St. Marks Church.  Containing so many graves filled with the bodies of town pioneers.  And 2 empty ones.

We’ll talk about the tragic story of the Foam.  A Toronto yacht which left Toronto bound for the Queen’s Royal Hotel in Niagara on the Lake. 

Headstrong boys were too brave.  They sailed into a storm off of Port Dalhousie. 

They found the boat the next morning.  Only 5 of the 7 boys in there cabin beds, as if peacefully sleeping. 

7 graves with 5 bodies = 2 empty.  The interesting parts of this story, and others including the truth of the “Chopping Block” stone… all inside this beautiful Graveyard.