Ghost tour revives spine-tingling tales of Hamilton’s past

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Published August 10, 2023 at 11:08 am

COURTESY JOHN AVERY VIA GOOGLE MAPS
COURTESY JOHN AVERY VIA GOOGLE MAPS

If you’re fascinated by the dark history of the Gore Park fountain, a caretaker’s death-defying love for his building and haunted theatres, the traditional Ghost Tours of the “haunted city” may give you your ghoulish fix in Hamilton.

For about 75 minutes, a tour of the city’s haunted landmarks such as the Royal Connaught, Right House, Hamilton Place, St. Paul’s Church and the Pigott Building will take place on Friday, Aug. 18. Participants will meet at the Royal Connaught Courtyard, at the corner of King Street East and John Street, in downtown Hamilton. Most of the buildings are abandoned so they can’t accommodate visitors, but participants will be able to see the sites outdoors.

The Ghost Tours are a “focus on masterful storytelling,” according to the company’s website. “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. … Each story carefully crafted from dark history and vivid ghostly experiences.”

The tour costs $15 for adults, and $13 for children aged 13 and under. 

The tour takes place rain or shine. There are low parking rates after 6 p.m. The tour is wheelchair accessible. Private walks and group bookings are available.

The ghost walk has been happening since 2003.

For more information and other tour dates, check out: ghostwalks.com/downtown-hamilton or 1-855-8GHOSTS (844-6787)

The tour company is based on Niagara-on-the-Lake and features tours in Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto.

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