ExcellentGhost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake5.0★★★★★ Based on 847 reviews fromSee all reviewsPaige Castle ★★★★★ Wow! What a fun and unique experience. My husband and I booked a tour and we are so happy that we did. Our guide was "Black Widow," and she was AMAZING. Such a great storyteller and so funny. Such a cool way to tour the town and learn about it's history. Would highly recommend!Melodie Pereira ★★★★★ We had "The Black Widow" and she has set the bar really high for any future tours. The whole experience was made even more captivating by her performance. It seemed to fly by. Highly recommend this tour!Bulldog Mama ★★★★☆ I've done this walk quite a few times. I like it. Adding Gil the Magician gives it a little extra :)Sucks that the story of the hotel was removed from the story. And I think you should try to go a little slower for elderly and disabled. It was difficult to keep up.Andrea MacLean ★★★★★ We did a tour on Feb 3/24 with the Black Widow. She was an amazing guide. Tour was fun and hit all of the right notes for a ghost walk. Highly recommend!Erin Hand ★★★★★ We had the Black widow as our guide. She was fantastic. I have been on a few of these ghost walks in different cities and she was by far the best. I felt like I had been at a live theatre performance.Mark Jules ★★★★★ The Ghost Walk tour was very entertaining. We learned a lot about the history of Niagara-On-The-Lake and the guide kept it very interesting.Renee Bentley ★★★★★ What an awesome walk! Very informative and entertaing!! Our guide Gill "The Magician" made our evening suspensful and educational. We were so caught up with our family chit chat and then wnd we didnt get to tip him!! Next visit! Eould like to do the walk in all seasonsHere are a few photos from our walk.Jamie Straughan ★★★★★ Gill The Magician was great. Thanks for a wonderful and spooky evening.Colin Mayer ★★★★★ My girlfriend and went for the first time and Regiena Rose was excellent! She was well versed in the stores and approached everything with a fun and energy. We recommend booking a tour if you are in the area. I would pack gloves and a warm hat, but still would do it again in a heartbeatAnna Turbett ★★★★★ My Daughter, partner and myself went on the walk this past week. It was not what I expected, it was very informative and the tour guide was awesome and very entertaining, I would highly recommend doing this to anyone coming to visit NotlGerry Sheahan ★★★★★ WE had Regina Rose (alias Anne Marie) as our guide..AWESOME..FABULOUS...FUNNY AND VERY INFORMATIVE..we really enjoyed it..thank you...april557 ★★★★★ My partner and I had the best time doing this. We had the absolute perfect guide - Black Widow. We ended up LOVING the tour and would highly recommend it. The black widow was hilarious and very entertaining. She has a way of story-telling that makes it all so fun. Black widow did a great job at creating a spooky, funny, and informational environment. Not only was she able to keep things fun and dark, she also shared some very interesting facts and history about the town that gave tourists some cool knowledge about where exactly they were staying. Awesome experience; black widow did a stellar job!Lynne Thomas ★★★★★ Great fun, lots of history, and excellent storytelling. Thanks!Bob Arnold ★★★★★ Our Tour Guide, the Black Widow, was Fantastic!!! Very entertaining! Highly recommended!!!Crystal Oliver ★★★★★ We had "The Black Widow" as our tour guide, and she was nothing but AMAZING! Not only was she a great story teller but, her comedy is pure and genuine. My fiancée and I did this tour while visiting for one night, as I'm huge into "ghostly" activities while he is not. We both thoroughly enjoyed it, and had some great laughs while being told some pretty interesting stories about the history of Niagara on the Lake's friendly and evil spirits. The tour was 90 minutes in length but, we were so invested in our guides ability to narrate history, that we didn't even notice. It was a decent hike, but we got to stop at various spots to hear the tales, and catch our breath! Overall, I would absolutely recommend ANYONE to try this adventure out, at least once. We left with more knowledge, big smiles and in great 'spirits'. 😉Jessica Johnston ★★★★★ It was great, we had the Magician take us on our tour. We learned so much about the dark history of Niagara on The Lake and also the ghost that stay. It was a great way to spend the evening!
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 and why the tour should be on your Niagara-on-the-Lake Things to Do list.
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Is this a Jump-Scare or Traditional Tour?
It’s a normal Traditional Ghost Tour in the Old Town. Featuring a trained storyteller speaking of legends, interesting history and ghost stories. This is not a scare “haunted house”.
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 limited on space for the Niagara on the Lake tours. Advance bookings allows us to guarantee spots for you, and book in additional guides if needed.
Do we go into any of the buildings?
The Niagara on the Lake tours are outdoors. Featuring a walk of the tour and stop in the picturesque Gazebo.
Why Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s Most Haunted Town
Niagara on the Lake was Upper Canada’s first capital. Home to many firsts for Ontario, like the library, courthouse, post office, pharmacy, newspaper and churches.
Colonel John Butler and his men settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake after leaving the United States post Revolution. These Loyalists created the town.
The Capital of Canada
Five government sessions held over 3 years. Included a greatest decision happening right here in Niagara on the Lake… when slavery was stopped. Well, sort of. Didn’t free current slaves, but stopped it for future generations.
Celebrations took place at The Harmonious Coach House. Now called The Olde Angel Inn.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is Burned
On May 27 1813 as the War of 1812 raged, the Americans came to town. Took Queenston Heights, killing General Isaac Brock. Then burning Fort George to the ground.
Seven months later a treasonous British Politician starting the burning of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Included every structure except the McFarland House, some of Brockamour Manor and Fort George’s Powder Magazine. And small wooden houses left for citizens.
Canada’s Most Haunted Town
Heart of the only war fought on Canadian soil. Death, violence, emotions and tragedy in a small place. Spanning over 200 years. This town has two Ghost Walks and a book about the ghosts. It’s why Niagara on the Lake tours are in Canada’s Most Haunted Town
Ghosts Not on the Tour
Here are two stories not featured on the tour…
The Legend of Sobbing Sophia
Sophia Shaw was said to be the love of General Isaac Brock.
Captain Powell’s family lived in Brockamour Manor. Sophia was Powell’s sister-in-law living with the family.
Legend says Brock met and fell in love with Sophia while at Fort George. Their love grew fast, but Sophia’s father was against it because Brock was not noble blood. He didn’t stop them. That took a war.
In October 1812, Brock was summoned to Queenston Heights. If the British lost, Americans would take Niagara-on-the-Lake.
This is where General Isaac Brock died.
Sophia mourned. It’s said she never married. Then dying at a young age from a broken heart.
During her final years the people of Niagara-on-the-Lake didn’t see her, but instead heard her. Cries from an open window on the second floor. They called her “Sobbing Sophia” and she’s still heard today.
Reports of a woman crying in that room and even at night along Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street.
Many in Niagara on the Lake report a strange blue light. Called an orb, it’s seen floating the streets at night near the modern Post Office.
Locals say it’s a former constable. Hence being blue, like police. It disappears when they get close. No feeling or stories, just a simple blue light everyone calls “the watcher”.
Things to Do in Niagara, Ghostly Self-Tour
Ultimate Self-Tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake… our Audio Tour is now available. Different stories than the
Make it a themed day! Before coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Ghost Walks. Take a road trip around one of the most haunted regions in Canada.
This is a quick list of tourist destinations easy spots. For more places and details, read our Top 10 Haunted Places in the Niagara Region.
Here are some ghostly things to do in Niagara…
Laura Secord Homestead Tour
For an indoor thing to do, we highly recommend taking in some important Canadian history.
A tiny homestead hidden in the small, yet very historic, town of Queenston Heights. This was the home of Laura Secord. The Canadian heroine who made the difficult trek up the escarpment. Walking many kilometres from Queenston to the Decew House in Thorold.
Her home survived over 200 years of history, including the Battle of Queenston Heights. Today runs as a museum to her legacy.
One ghostly occurrence happened to a young couple who visited for a tour. On the second floor they heard loud noises from the kitchen below. Listening down the stairs, it sounded like people ransacking the kitchen, knocking things about.
Slowly and carefully, they walked down. And found the first floor empty.
The rest are self-tour and free things to do…
Visit the Screaming Tunnel
Located on the outskirts of Niagara-on-the-Lake at the end of a gravel road. This is the legendary Screaming Tunnel.
A must-do for the youth of the Niagara Region. Forced to come out and confront the ghost of a little girl burned alive by her father inside the tunnel. A story never proven in history, but a spooky belief.
What you need to do…
Visit and walk to the middle of the tunnel.
Light a wooden match and hold it up over your head.
It’s said you may hear a scream as the wind whirls up and blows out the match.
Whether true or not, the legend has caught the attention of thousands over the years. Including Canadian horror Director David Cronenberg. He filmed a scene of his Stephen King adaptation, The Dead Zone, inside the Screaming Tunnel.
Dead Zone in Screaming Tunnel
See Niagara Falls’ Custom House
The original Custom House for Ontario’s oldest port of entry currently sits abandoned and haunted in Niagara Falls’ Downtown core.
Nicknamed the “Old Stone Jug”, this building served as Customs and a Police Station. And a Morgue! Well, that was for Hollywood. When 1953’s Niagara filmed there, bringing with it the original Blonde Bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.
Another legendary woman haunts the building. Over the years seen from the windows. Walking about the empty structure in her white dress.
Marilyn Monroe at Niagara Falls
A rare, haunted cemetery at Drummond Hill
Looking for peaceful things to do. Take a personal tour of a rare, haunted cemetery!
We’re don’t believe in haunted cemeteries. An unpopular belief indeed. But Drummond Hill is different! Because of a violent history when trodden upon during the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.
Over 200 men lost their lives. With almost 2,000 horribly injured. The battle quickly got out of control. They say the cannon smoke was so thick, confused soldiers fired on their friends.
It’s no surprise the soldiers remain. Many have seen two Redcoats (British officers) stumbling through Drummond Hill Cemetery, as if confused and hurt.
Also, add to the road-trip theme. See if you can find Laura Secord’s grave.
Discover the Secret Hamilton Family Graveyard
Not haunted but deserves to be on this Things to Do list!
More graveyards! From the well-known Drummond Hill to a secret family plot long forgotten by everyone except the stewards of Willowbank Mansion.
Located off the scenic route through Queenston Heights. A rusted-out fence marks a pathway to the forgotten Hamilton Family Cemetery.
Resting place of Robert Hamilton (an original merchant in Niagara), and one of his wives Catharine (namesake for St. Catharines). Also, the family of George Hamilton (founder of the City of Hamilton).
And a temporary resting spot for General Isaac Brock. After his monument was blown up during the Rebellion of 1837. They moved his corpse to the Hamilton Family Cemetery. Moved back when they put up the current monument.