Niagara on the Lake Tours

Traditional tours of “Canada’s Most Haunted Town”

Niagara-on-the-Lake tours are traditional Ghost Walks of “Canada’s Most Haunted Town”

Featuring stories of memorable haunts such as the Olde Angel Inn, iconic Courthouse, Royal George Theatre and the Prince of Wales Hotel.

With North America’s oldest legend, mystery at the Apothecary, the theatre spirit scaring audiences and the most famous ghost in Niagara.

Experience a hidden gem with secrets and dark history in the biggest battlefield of the War of 1812.

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Original Ghost Walk - Walking in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Hermitage Ruins since 2004
Tour Starts from Gift Shop

127 Queen Street MAPS & HOURS
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Tour Prices

Adults . . . . . . . $16.00
Kids 13 & under . . . . $13.00

+ HST Tax / Small Booking Fee

Ghost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Based on 853 reviews
The ghost walk on May 19 was amazing. Black widow was funny and mad the Experian well worth it.
We had the pleasure of being with the Black Widow, my wife and I had a blast, we will be repeat customers.
Very memorable experience full of interesting facts from history as well as lots of ghost stories and teasers. It's definitely worth it. And Sir Lawrence is visibly passionate about his job and this topic.
Sir Andrew started our tour right on time and kept it "lively" and moving along nicely. There was a great pacing to the stories and to the amount of time between them as we moved from place to place. The addition of photographs of "real" ghosts was fun for the group as was the additional buts of local history. A great way to pass 90 minutes!
Great experience with Regina, she had a memorable way of telling her stories and was very theatrical.
We had a fun tour with Regina Rose. Her storytelling had us spell bound and our littles (10 and 8) were captivated. Highly recommend , a wonderful way to see the town and enjoy glimpses of its fascinating history.
We had an amazing time on the ghost walk. Highly recommend! Try Black Widow’s mushroom soup recipe- it’s to die for.
Had an amazing tour with Gil leading the way. Our guide had a great mix of town history along with ghost lore that kept our whole group engaged along the tour. Not to forget the excellent staff managing the storefront!
Gill the Magician was a wonderful story teller and brilliantly knowledgeable of the town's history! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and highly recommend everyone to give it a go if you're in the area.
Gill the magician was an excellent guide and story teller was such a fun experience highly recommend
Very entertaining .......
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!
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!
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.
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!
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  • Apr to May
    • Fri, Sat & Sun Nights
  • June to September
    • Every Night
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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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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.

Sobbing Sophia

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.

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

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.

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…

  1. Visit and walk to the middle of the tunnel.
  2. 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.

Niagara Region Haunted Things to Do - 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.

Niagara Region Haunted Things to Do - Marilyn Monroe at Niagara Falls
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.

GOOGLE MAP OF LOCATION (careful with parking if you visit)

Niagara Region Haunted Things to Do - Secret Hamilton Family Graveyard in Queenston Heights
Secret Hamilton Family Graveyard

Look Down the Haunted Queenston Hill

And speaking of Canada’s most famous General.  Isaac Brock’s grave rounds off the list with a bang (sorry, bad pun).

Located at the top of Queenston Heights.  You can visit it and look down on the hill.  Seeing where in 1812, while charging in the Battle of Queenston Heights, Brock was gunned down.  Dying on that hill. 

Another energetic battlefield in Niagara!  Drivers going up at night see a person cross the road.  Some catching the figure, to see a British soldier in their redcoat disappearing into the woods.

Brock’s death at Battle of Queenston Heights

See a full Google Map in the Ghost Walks’ Article, Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Niagara, featuring the above spots.