10 Haunted Locations

I've seen Madame Macabre do a 10 Haunted Locations thing on her YouTube channel, but she only does American states, so I decided to make one for the Canadian provinces and territories. If you have a location you want me to include, or you want more information on anything I've covered don't be afraid to leave a comment and I'll get back to you when I can. (on another note, please have a look at Madame Macabre's YouTube channel, DeviantArt, and Tumblr, you won't regret it!) AMAZING COVER BY Infinite_Exho.


1. Ontario

1. The Donnelly Farm, Lucan-Biddulph

The Donnelly's were a family of Irish immigrants who came to Canada in the early 1840s. Like most immigrants of the time however they were poor and couldn't afford a piece of land to call home, so they illegally settled on the vacant lot #18 on the Roman Line's sixth concession. When the land was (legally) rented to Patrick Farrell, he came to claim his land only to face a court battle with James Donnelly for his land. The court decided that Farrell could keep the northern fifty acres of his land, but the rest belonged to the Donnellys. On June 25th, 1857 Patrick Farrell and James Donnelly broke into a fight, the instigator was unknown but Patrick Farrell was killed. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but in May of 1858 he turned himself in, not eager to spend another Canadian winter in a stable. He was originally sentenced to hang, but his wife was able to petition for him to get a lesser sentence of seven years in prison. Late on the night of February 4th 1880, roughly twenty people ran into the Donnelly house hold and brutally murdered the whole family, including their niece Bridget who was visiting from Ireland and burnt the house down. Next they moved on the house of the oldest of the Donnelly children's home, where William Donnelly lived with his wife Nora. They killed the younger brother John Donnelly but they did not succeed in killing anyone else that night. 

Today, people have reported feeling unexplained physical touches, or even pressure in the Donnelly's old barn, as well as disembodied footsteps and voices in the house rebuilt over the Donnelly's home.


2. The Jester's Court, Port Perry

The Jester's Court pub was originally a house for James Good, a local freemason, Good was a lucky survivor of the Port Perry fires. The first fire occurred in 1883 behind the town hotel in a blacksmith shop, destroying half the town. The second fire occurred only one year later, burning down everything.

Today, the restaurant is known for it's several spirits, two of which being poltergeists. One, the woman in blue is known for hanging around the women's washroom and giving staff huge bear hugs. The other poltergeist is an elderly woman, known for taking things from shelves and throwing them around the pub. Other spirits active in the pub include a little girl on the stairs and an elderly couple who appear at table #13 after the closing time, never stopping what appears to be an intense conversation.


3. Hermitage Ruins, Dundas Valley

These ruins were once a house and farm built by Reverend Sheed in 1830 to live in while he brought church to Ancaster, however Sheed died a few months before the church was finished being built in 1832, leading the property to be sold to Colonel Otto Ives in 1833. With him he brought his wife Magdalene and niece, whom he viewed as his daughter. When their coachman, William Black fell in love with his niece and asked to marry her, he was refused. William Black then hung himself from the stable rafters, and as suicides couldn't be buried in a churchyard, he was laid to rest on the crossroads of Lover's Lane and Sulpher Springs Road. In 1855 the house was sold to George Leith, who had the original house demolished so he could rebuild it to his standards, after his death his youngest daughter, Alma bought the farm. Alma was known for throwing lavish parties, and in 1934 a fire broke out during one of these parties. No one was harmed, but the house was destroyed. Alma refused to leave her family home, and taking pity on her, the townspeople built her a wooden shack in the middle of the ruins, where she stayed until her death in 1942.

With a history as long, and tragic as this one you can't be surprised to hear that many think this location haunted. Many people report feeling a heaviness in the air around them as they step across the wooden fence lining the property. The ruins are surrounded by a large, dark forest which is nearly void of wildlife. On moon lit nights, people report seeing William Black and hearing him cry for his lost love. A guide, giving people tours of the ruins has even said to have seen to shadow like figures walk off into the forest together. Thinking they were a part of the group he was leading, he followed them, yelling for them to come back to the group. However when he got to the edge of the forest they disappeared. A  woman in the group who had heard him shouting followed, but couldn't see the shadowy figured that the tour guide saw so clearly.


4. Mackenzie House, Toronto

This seemingly normal Georgian-style row house, was the final home of Toronto's first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie who was also known to be the leader of the Upper Canada Rebellion. The Mackenzie family moved into the home in 1858 and stayed for about a decade after he died in 1861. After the death of his wife, the house changed owners several times, including being used as a boarding house in the 1920s. In the 1930s, the house was put up for demolition, but saved by citizens who petitioned to keep it up. The house was renovated and opened to the public in 1950. Today the house has a fully functional 19th century print shop, much like the one William Mackenzie himself used to publish newspapers. Built in 1967, the gallery wing features changing exhibits and the staff are trained to give visitors the full 19th century life experience.Nowadays, this house is said to be one of the most haunted houses in Toronto, with apparitions of Mackenzie himself, his wife, several children, and several unnamed spectres. These include a small bald man in a wig, usually seen in the third floor bedroom, a woman with long hair usually seen on the second and third floors, cold spots, and a poltergeist obsessed with the indoor plumbing. One person, while going through a tour in the house claimed to have seen a girl in her early teens standing by the dresser in the second room on the second floor, the person was sure that the girl was one of Mackenzie's daughters and that her name was Elizabeth, but no one can be sure as to the ghost girl's true identity. 


5. The Grand Theatre, London

This theatre was originally owed by the self-made millionaire Ambrose Small. In August of 1919, he began negotiating terms with a potential buyer for his chain of theatres. He stated that he wanted the transaction done as quickly as possible with his preferred deadline being December 1st of that year. The buyer suggested December 15th, but Small held on his preferred deadline and the transaction was officially finished on December 2nd of that year. To this day no one knows why he was so set on December the first, but many think it's related to his disappearance on that very day. Ambrose Small disappeared on December 2nd, 1919 never to be seen or heard from again, though people didn't find out about his disappearance until  they read the morning newspaper on January 3rd 1920. Even today, experts are baffled by his disappearance.

Many believe that Ambrose Small still lurks in his theatre where he is seen watching performances by floating above the audience, as well as walking about the balcony and catwalks. Poltergeist activity has also been reported in the theatre.


6. Old Oxford County Courthouse And Jail, Woodstock

Originally built in 1839, this historic building has always been used as a courthouse. The original building was torn down and the building we see today was built on the same sight in 1890. Since then this building has harbored many criminals and has seen plenty of executions in it's time. The most famous of which are said to haunt the building to this day.

This location is known mainly for hosting the ghost of the wife murderer Thomas Cook, who was executed in the 1860s. His ghost is said to have become active in 1982 when his death mask was removed from an archway during renovations. The mask has since been hung back up and the spirit of Thomas Cook apparently laid to rest. Another supposed haunting tells of an inmate, J. Reginald Birchall who had been executed and came back  to haunt another inmate Isaiah Wright who at the time inhabited Cell 13, which had been Birchall's cell until his execution thirteen years previous. It is also thought that another reason for Birchall to haunt poor Isaiah Wright was that Wright had been the prisoner who dug Birchall's grave.


7. Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls

With the first burial taking place here in 1799, it is no wonder this place is a nationally recognised heritage site. This sight is also known as the battleground for "The Battle Of Lundy's Lane" that took place during the war of 1812, as well as being the burial ground of Laura Secord. The area was renamed Drummond Hill in honour of General Drummond. 

Many visitors to this historic site have reported seeing soldiers marching into a battle won long ago, as well as seeing sudden unexplained mists and hearing the sounds of battle.


8. Inn At The Falls, Bracebridge

This famous inn was originally built as a private home in 1870. The house also served as a youth home in the early 1900s before being converted into an inn in 1943. The building was nearly destroyed by fire, but was renovated and has since been in business as an inn. 

Knowing that this building has such a long and diverse history, you can't be surprised to learn that many ghosts have been suspected to reside in this building. Mrs. Jackie Niven, a wife of one of the former owners who passed away in the building due to cancer is often seen on the first floor. Another ghost by the name of Charlie is usually seen alone in the dining room but is sometimes accompanied by another ghost by the name of Sarah. Bob has only ever been seen in the upstairs hallway (Charlie, Sarah, and Bob were all named by the staff, their true identities are unknown). Room 105 has it's own ghost, the ghost is known to appear as a young woman and is said to appear before strange things happen.


9. University College, Toronto

First opened in 1859, this institute is known for it's 19th century gothic architecture. Much of the building was destroyed by a fire in 1890, but has been restored. The Laidlaw Wing was added in 1964 but the Croft Chapter House has remained almost unchanged since the 1850s. 

The favourite ghost story belonging to this school is that of Ivan Reznikoff, a Russian mason who was killed by a fellow mason named Paul Diabolos during the building's construction in the 1850s. Diabolos hid the corpse under a stairwell until it was found after the fire in 1890.


10. The Bytown Museum, Ottawa

Founded by the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa in 1898 the group quickly collected an array of artifacts relating to the history of the Ottawa/Bytown area and the museum opened it's doors to the public in 1917. In 1951, the museum moved to it's current home, the Commissariat. The building also served as the storehouse and treasury during the construction of the Rideau Canal. In 1956 the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa began admitting men and changed their name to the Historical Society of Ottawa.Today the Bytown Museum is still owned and run by the Historical Society of Ottawa.

Shockingly enough, this building is one of Canada's most notoriously haunted buildings. The building is said to be haunted by the supply manager Duncan McNab who was alive sometime during the construction of the Rideau Canal. There have been reports of doors vibrating so violently that they seem on the verge of coming off the hinges, heavy footsteps chasing people out of the building and dolls on display crying. There are also theories of a second ghost haunting the building, which arose when a guide was talking to someone about Duncan McNab, when his computer turned itself off only to reboot and begin typing the phrase "Lt.-Col. John By" all by itself.



Most of these places are still open and welcome visitors, the ones in Ottawa are even available for touring with the Ottawa Ghost Walks program.  (I've been on one of these and I would recommend it, though I would suggest going at night. It wasn't exactly terrifying at sunset.) If I missed out on your favourite supposedly haunted location in Ontario let me know and I might cover it another time. If you want more information please let me know and I'll see what I can do, though sources may be limited. I hope you enjoyed! 

Join MovellasFind out what all the buzz is about. Join now to start sharing your creativity and passion
Loading ...