Searching for something spooky to do? A lot of people like a good scare any time of year. Whether or not it’s Halloween season, you’re guaranteed to have a frightening fun time on one of these haunted walks and ghost tours.
This list is full of unique ideas for things to do. Haunted walks and ghost tours combine history, culture, costumes, and supernatural elements, all while providing a bit of low-impact exercise. So have a scream checking out all the eerie options below.
1. The Spirits of Amherstburg Ghost Walk
Presented by Monkeys With A Typewriter Theatre Company, this seasonal haunted walk takes visitors through the old historic town’s streets to hear ghost stories and see haunted houses.
2. Walking and Bus Ghost Tours of Chatham-Kent
Join ordinary citizens in telling ghost stories on these annual tours to haunted sites. Walking tours are led by lantern light.
3. St. Catharines Full Moon Ghost Walks
Offered monthly throughout all but the coldest months of the year, and more frequently during the Halloween season, these haunted walks take tour-goers through the downtown area to explore the town’s history and haunted places.
4. Jordan Village Haunted Tour
Find out what lies beneath this little village near Beamsville on a tour hosted by the Jordan Historical Museum.
5. Niagara Ghost Walks and Haunted Sleepover
Take the tour to learn all about the paranormal activity and hauntings in downtown Niagara Falls. You can choose to end the evening at a haunted rooming house, where you’ll spend the night with the resident spectres, attempting to draw them out during a midnight spirit session. Tarot card readings are also available for an additional fee.
6. Candlelit Ghost Walks of Fort George National Historic Site
Experience Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Fort George after dark during the summer season, or join a super-scary Halloween tour.
7. Hamilton and Niagara Ghost Walks and Dark History Tours
Offering a plethora of haunted walks and ghost tours, from Canada’s most haunted town at Niagara-on-the-Lake to Ruthven’s ghost town and graveyards, the focus is on speciality tours of Hamilton. Learn about the city’s dark and violent history, go on a ghost walk of downtown, take a dark trolley tour, explore hermitage ruins in a haunted forest at night, or discover the Scottish rite of Freemasonry in Canada’s largest masonic cathedral. Special events also include ghost bus tours and ghost hunts.
8. Haunted Hamilton
Choose from walking ghost tours of the downtown area, and take part in other speciality events such as a haunted cruise or bus tours to other haunted destinations.
9. Missus Mooney’s Halfpenny Dreadfuls
Hosts in character lead seasonal tour-goers on a walk through the dark and tragic Victorian and Edwardian history of Hamilton.
10. Burlington Ghost Walks
Investigate the Halton region’s most haunted places and their ghosts.
11. Oakville Historical Society Ghost Walks
Take a haunting look back into the town’s history, guided by characters of the past.
12. Ghosts of Stratford Walking Tours and Haunted Pub Crawl
Take part in the summer season walking tours or join a special Halloween tour. The Pubs, Pilsners, and Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl is offered during the months of September and October only.
13. Ghost Walk of Guelph
Stroll around downtown to explore some of the Royal City’s haunted past.
14. Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade
Dress up as the undead and wander the city streets with the rest of the horde. This is a free community event, run by volunteers every year.
15. The Haunted Walk of Toronto
Multiple options are available, beginning with the original haunted walk of the city’s downtown area. Other tours include Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery, Ghosts of the University of Toronto, and the Time Travel Trail Adventure.
16. Muddy York Walking Tours
This company offers all kinds of historical walking tours, including several with a darker theme: Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto, Ghosts of the University of Toronto, Bloody York – Crime and Punishment, Toronto Noir – Gangsters and Gallows, and Cinema and Scandal.
17. Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts
Using a clue sheet, teams answer tricky questions and solve riddles about a given area. One of the scavenger hunts is themed Haunted Toronto, but others will also satisfy spooky cravings, such as Murder at the ROM, The Mummy’s Curse, or The Great Whisky Heist Mystery.
18. DIY Toronto Self-Guided Ghost Tour
Presented by the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society, you can print this document to create your own custom haunted walks of the city.
19. Black Creek Pioneer Village Ghost Walks
Join the regular haunted walk for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories and darker history from the area, or take a speciality tour for a unique experience. Options include Tales and Ales, which combines spooky stories and historic beer samples, and Death and Dying, which explores disturbing Victorian rituals about death.
20. Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze
A frightening outdoor adventure held annually during the Halloween season, the trail ventures into the woods, while the maze leads through a haunted house.
21. Downtown Peterborough Halloween Ghost Walks
Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern-lit tour of the town’s most haunted buildings.
22. Haunted Ghost Walks of Cobourg
Offered each summer, visitors can choose from the downtown or cemetery tours to hear eerie tales from beyond the grave told by a costumed guide in character.
23. Shadowicc Ghost Walks and Haunted Tours of Belleville
Regular ghost walks and special events such as the Spirits of Christmas Past Ghost Walk.
24. Prince Edward County Gallows and Graveyards Walking Tours
Discover the darker side of the region with an experienced guide.
25. The Haunted Walk of Kingston
The original version of this tour takes tour-goers through the city’s old Sydenham Ward. The Ghosts and Legends of Gananoque special tour takes visitors out of town.
26. Kingston Ghost and Mystery Trolley Tour
Hear some of Kingston’s darkest stories and best-kept secrets as you travel off the beaten path to the town’s lesser-known and more difficult-to-access haunted spots.
27. Haunted Walks at Upper Canada Village
Hear spine-tingling ghost stories as darkness begins to fall.
28. Fort Fright at Fort Henry
Wander in the dark through an interior ditch, dark hallways, and tunnels filled with live scare actors, spooky props, and special effects. Take the Buried Alive Coffin Ride or attempt a sightless escape through a critter-filled hidden tunnel in the Hooded adventure.
29. The Lonely Ghosts Walk of Perth
Listen to stories of the town’s unsettled spirits on a theatrical walk through the streets.
30. The Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Includes a variety of several year-round and seasonal haunted walks, such as Ghosts and Gallows, a tour of the old Carleton County Jail, or the Haunted Walk Experience at the Mackenzie King Estate, a moonlit tour deep inside Gatineau Park. The original haunted walk of the downtown area and special tours and events are also available. At Halloween, join a self-directed city-wide mystery adventure, or choose from other family-friendly or adult-only options.
31. North Bay’s Haunted Downtown Hike and Haunted Museum
A lamp-lit tour of the city’s spookiest downtown locations, beginning with the Discovery Museum.
Map of Haunted Walks and Ghost Tours in Ontario
The map below shows the cities and towns in which haunted walks and ghost tours are available.
On a more serious note, you can observe from the map that most haunted walks and ghost tours in Ontario are offered along the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes. Under the guise of entertainment, this is a sombre reminder of the province’s violent colonial past.
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Do you know of any other haunted walks in Ontario? If so, please let me know by leaving a comment below or sending me a message, and I’ll update the article accordingly. Thanks!