Niagara on the Lake
A Ghost Walk befitting “Canada’s Most Haunted Town”
Featuring stories at the Olde Angel Inn, iconic Courthouse and Prince of Wales Hotel.
With North America’s oldest legend, a mystery at the Apothecary, the theatre ghost scaring audiences and a mansion that makes cameras go crazy.
Séances, secrets and dark history at the centre of the only war fought in Canada.
The centre of “Canada’s most haunted town” cenotaph and the haunted old court house.
Prince of Wales
Haunted room 207 and the town’s most vivid ghost story.
The Angel Inn
“Canada’s most haunted town’s” most haunted building.
Niagara on the Lake Prices
Adults . . . . . . . $16.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $7.00
Seniors 60 & over . $13.00
+ HST Tax
Tour is about 90 minutes long
This is an outdoor tour starting inside the Ghost Walks’ Gift Shop. And featuring a stop in the picturesque Gazebo.
However three of the most haunted feature locations are open before or after the tour. These are The Prince of Wales Hotel, Corks Restaurant and the most famous ghostly hot-spot called the Angel Inn.
If you have a group of 8 or more people we may be able to provide a discount. This depends on night and time of year. Find out by Making Contact. Make sure to mention the number of people and desired date for your group.
Article written by Daniel Cumerlato
Niagara on the Lake was Upper Canada’s first capital. It was home to many firsts for Ontario. The library, courthouse, post office, pharmacy, newspaper and church.
Colonel John Butler and his men settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake after leaving the United States post Revolution. It’s these Loyalists who created the town.
5 government sessions held over 3 years. This included the country’s greatest decision happening right here in Niagara on the Lake… when slavery was outlawed. That’s one of the first laws of it’s kind. Well, sort of. It didn’t free current slaves. This just stopped it for future generations.
Town is Burned
Good they moved it. On May 27 1813 as the War of 1812 raged, the Americans came to town.
The town held until December 10 1813. Just 7 months when they were defeated in Stoney Creek (now part of Hamilton). The American dealt one final insult. Niagara-on-the-Lake was burned. Every structure destroyed except the McFarland House, some of Brockamour Manor and Fort George’s Power Magazine. Also some small houses were left for citizens to escape the cold.
But the people rebuilt. The town eventually named Niagara, then Niagara on the Lake to avoid confusion with Niagara Falls.
Canada’s Most Haunted Town
Most towns have haunted places attached to historic events. However this town is different.
The only war fought on Canadian soil. There was death, violence, emotions and tragedy in such a small place. And history spanning over 200 years. This town has two Ghost Walks and a book about the stories. Which all confirms Niagara on the Lake as Canada’s Most Haunted Town
So many ghost stories
Stories keep coming in. If all told, the tour would be 4 hours long. We made it a comfortable 90 minutes.
Here are two stories not featured on the tour…
The Legend of Sobbing Sophia
Captain Powell’s family lived in the house now called 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. Because of the times their love grew fast. But Sophia’s father was against it. Brock was important but not of noble blood. Her father denied Isaac permission to marry Sophia. Which didn’t stop either of them. That took a war.
In October 1812 Brock is summoned to join his men at Queenston Heights (the next town over). An important location. If the British lost, Americans would win Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The couple said goodbye. Sophia didn’t know it was for the last time.
During the battle at Queenston Heights Brock charged up the hill into a heavy fire. Some of the Brits fearfully dropped back as Brock screamed out, “This is the first time I’ve seen the 49th turn their backs!” They surged forward.
A shot hits Brock in the wrist. He didn’t slow. Then fifty yards away an American sniper rose up and fired into Brock’s chest. The great General was dead.
Sophia mourned for years. It’s said she never married. Always wondering what could have been. Then dying at a young age from which many say was a broken heart.
During her final years the people of Niagara on the Lake didn’t see Sophia. They heard her. Cries from an open window on the second floor of Brockamour Manor. 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.
The Watcher of the Town
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 (across from the Ghost Walks’ Gift Shop & Starbucks).
Locals say it’s a former constable. Hence being blue, like the police. It disappears as they get closer. No feeling or spirits, just a simple blue light everyone calls “the watcher”.
The Victorian House has been making cameras go crazy for over a decade!
And one ghost story. Was told to us by a local medic who works at the hospital just down Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake.
A couple of years ago a 911 dispatch received a call from this house at 2:15am. They picked up the line and it was just dead-air on the other side.
Their policy is to send a medic anyway. He arrived, searched around the house, knocked on the front door and determined the house was empty.
The next night at 2:15am, same call, same dead air, same medic arrives to the same empty house.
This happened every night for over a week straight before it stopped and hasn’t happened again since.
We know this place is haunted by an active spirit, and we are looking forward to learning more about HER as the years go by.