Niagara on the Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake tours are a traditional Ghost Walk of “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.

Many secrets and dark history at the centre of the only war fought in Canada.

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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
Niagara on the Lake Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $16.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $12.00

+ HST Tax / No Hidden Fees!
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Ghost Walks Type of Tour
Niagara's Dark History Tour - parking
Ghost Walks Wheelchair
Niagara on the Lake Ghost Walks Gift Shop

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FAQ & Interesting Info

Why we are different from other Ghost 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 and why the tour should be on your Niagara-on-the-Lake Things to Do list.

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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 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.  It was home to many firsts for Ontario.  Including 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.  These Loyalists created the town.

The Capital

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, just stopped it for future generations.

Then celebrations took place as politicians retired to The Harmonious Coach House which now called The Olde Angel Inn.  And in 1796 the capital was moved away from the border to York (today called Toronto)

Town is Burned

Good they moved it.  On May 27 1813 as the War of 1812 raged, the Americans came to town.

They took Queenston Heights, killing our famous General Isaac Brock.  Then burned Fort George to the ground.

The town held until December 10 1813.  Was only 7 months when they were defeated in Stoney Creek (now part of Hamilton). 

The Americans dealt out a final insult.  They burned Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Included every structure except the McFarland House, some of Brockamour Manor and Fort George’s Power Magazine.  Also some small wooden houses left for citizens to huddle in.

But the people rebuilt.  Their 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.  It had death, violence, emotions and tragedy in such a small place.  And history spanning over 200 years.  Plus this town has two Ghost Walks and a book about the ghosts.  Which confirms the Niagara on the Lake tours is in 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

Sophia Shaw was said to be the love of General Isaac Brock.  The British’s great leader stationed in Canada during the War of 1812.

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.

Brock Dies

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.

Sobbing Sophia

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.

Legends are so for a reason.  What do you believe?  See Reference 1 | Reference 2 | Reference 3

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”.