Paranormal Investigations at the Historic SDG Jail

Public Investigations

Next Available: October 21, 2022
More dates available:
  • October 22, 2022
  • October 28, 2022
  • October 29, 2022
210 minutes
$69.99 per Investigator
Spookiness Scale

Back for 2022! The Historic SDG Jail (aka the Cornwall Jail) in Cornwall, Ontario, is a site we have been asked about for years and we are thrilled to be able to offer three weekends of investigations there this fall with Phantoms of Yore. Constructed in 1833 and active until 2002, the jail served as both a minimum and maximum security facility over that time. Several executions were carried out on-site, in addition to the suicides and murders. Due to the jail’s dark history and frequent ghost stories, it has attracted the interest of ghost hunters from across North America. This 3.5-hour special event will begin with a full briefing on the haunted history of the site, the equipment to be used, and the best practices to follow when collecting and analyzing evidence. Then you will have the opportunity to venture inside the jail – in the dark – to see what you can discover. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to investigate one of the most sought-after haunted sites in Ontario. With a max of 8 people per group, tickets are extremely limited. Transportation not provided.

What makes the Historic SDG Jail a great place to investigate?

Eric from Phantoms gives a tour of the spooky site!

Wondering what the Historic SDG Jail is like? Join Eric as he shares some of the highlights from the location and places of particular paranormal importance. 

Who are Phantoms of Yore?

Phantoms of Yore are the Haunted Walk’s official paranormal investigations partners. POY was founded in March 2018 by Elliot Luijkenaar (left) and Eric Oickle (right). The pair wanted to assist in the preservation of unique historical sites by facilitating public Paranormal Investigations. Over the past three years they have hosted dozens of popular events and have helped raise thousands of dollars for restorative work, renovations and other funding needs. Some of the sites include: L’Original Jail, Murney Tower, Ninette Sanatorium, Cornwall Jail, Mill of Kintail and the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel.

What happens at public investigations?

Simply put, these events allows guests to be paranormal investigators for the evening. These suspenseful, entertaining and informative experiences share the history, folklore, paranormal accounts about the site, and the theories and hypothesis behind paranormal investigations. Investigators film their own experiences and the footage is uploaded so it can be reviewed for possible paranormal captures. Live feeds are also included in most events, allowing for patrons to have instant access to the footage. Many paranormal enthusiasts and experienced investigators watch the live feed to help detect anomalies.

More Spooky Fun!

For some, cemeteries evoke feelings of fear and dread. For others, they are beautiful spaces filled with memories and reflection. For us, they are places with countless stories waiting to be told. This October, we are proud to partner with Beechwood Cemetery National Historic Site for a one-of-a-kind evening filled with storytelling and chills. We will share the darker history of the cemetery’s early days and the ghost stories connected to some who rest there – including strange reports from staff that continue to this day. The experience will be mostly outdoors as we walk amongst the crypts, headstones and other markers. Our final stop of the evening will give us the rare opportunity to venture inside the Mausoleum after sunset for one last spine-tingling tale.  We recommend all guests bring a flashlight for fun & safety. Masks are required to enter the Mausoleum.

To help celebrate the launch of the new tour, on October 1st we are partnering with Pop-Up Cinema to present Frankenstein in Beechwood Cemetery at 7:30pm. Take the tour before the movie at 6:15pm, or afterwards at 9:15pm. Space is limited.

Next available: October 7, 2022
75 minutes
Adults $24.99, Youth (up to 14) $19.99

There are few places more historic, charming, and haunted in Canada than Queen’s University. There are eerie tales of student grave robbers, professors reaching out from the beyond, heists gone wrong and streets shrouded in mystery. We’ve never told these stories before and can’t wait to share them with our guests. You won’t hear spine-tingling and heart-pounding tales like these on the regular campus tours. Join us for the Ghosts of Queen’s University and graduate with a degree in the supernatural!

Next available: October 1, 2022
75 minutes
Adults $24.99, Youth (up to 14) $19.99

The Sir John Johnson Manor House (located in the quiet village of Williamstown, Ontario) is a Parks Canada National Historic Site that has reports of ghostly encounters dating back over a century. Your evening will begin with a full briefing on the haunted history of the area, the equipment to be used, and the best practices to follow when collecting and analyzing evidence. Then you will head inside…in the dark…to see if you can capture any sign of paranormal activity. The results of every investigation are different and sometimes unpredictable. With a max of 8 people per group, tickets are extremely limited. Transportation not provided.

Next available: October 1, 2022
180 minutes
$69.99 per Investigator