Ottawa & Area Ghost Tours
Ottawa is full of awesome ghost stories, haunted locations, and dark history. From spine-tingling ghost tours to heart-pounding paranormal investigations, join us for a fun, spooky, and safe night out in the National Capital Region!
THE FINAL SEASON HAS BEGUN! Explore Ottawa’s famous haunted jail and real-life murder mystery! Tour the cellblocks where inmates of all kinds were once imprisoned. Retrace the final footsteps of the condemned as you walk from Death Row to the last working gallows in Canada. In 1869, was an innocent man executed for the murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a popular Canadian politician? Does he still haunt the hallways of the jail to this day? Join us and find out for yourself. Not recommended for children under 10. Cette visite est également disponible en français.
The outdoor tour that started it all! Be captivated by our talented cloak-wearing storytellers as they share the best spine-tingling ghost stories from the area. With lanterns to light our way, we’ll take you to some of the most haunted spots in Ottawa, including the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier, and Ottawa’s haunted high school. Get ready for an unforgettable evening experience that will forever change your perception of the city and many of its historic buildings. Perfect for all ages, this tour is a tried and true favourite for family fun, curiosity-seekers and paranormal enthusiasts alike! Cette visite est également disponible en français.
‘Tis the season…for scary stories! Join us at the Bytowne Cinema as we revive the Victorian tradition of sharing ghost stories to celebrate the holidays. Storytellers from The Haunted Walk of Ottawa will spread spooky cheer with spellbinding tales of the otherworldly and supernatural – with a holiday spin. We will screen thematic classic short films throughout the evening to add to your eerie experience. We’re also offering a VIP experience for 16 brave souls who will stay after the theatre closes for a paranormal investigation with the team from The Haunted Walk. This 60-minute adventure is an excellent introduction to investigating the supernatural while exploring modern and ancient methods used to commune with the other side. You won’t want to miss this special, exclusive experience. Maybe you’ll even make it a holiday tradition! Also offered in Toronto.
Have a group in need of a fun and unique activity in Ottawa? We offer private daytime and evening group tours for student, youth, and adult groups. These tours have a customized start time and most can be delivered in English or French. There is no better way to experience the ghost stories and discover the spooky history of the nation’s capital!
The Haunting at Home is a ghostly online audio experience created by the paranormal experts at The Haunted Walk. Turn the lights down low & conduct a series of fun & spooky experiments in your own home. Will you be able to complete them all – in the DARK? What will you discover in the process? Experience a spine-tingling and thought-provoking night of supernatural thrills & chills.
This October, join us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Ottawa’s supernatural past as we step inside the city’s oldest and most haunted building – the Bytown Museum. Prepare to be captivated by chilling tales of ghostly encounters, shared by museum staff, visitors, and even our Haunted Walk tour guides! As we make our way to the museum, we’ll immerse you in the region’s oldest and most famous ghost stories, including iconic tales such as those surrounding the Rideau Canal, Barrack Hill Cemetery, and the Gatineau River – stories that have become cherished favourites among our Original Haunted Walk guests. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore one of Ottawa’s haunted landmarks with The Haunted Walk! This experience is presented in English.
Introducing “Hidden Ottawa” – the new light-hearted walking tour from the creators of The Haunted Walk that’s gonna have you chuckling with laughter and shaking your head in disbelief. Join our crew of storytelling guides as we take you on a 90-minute escapade through the hidden side of Ottawa. No boring history here! We’re all about the bizarre and unexpected side of the city we love. Ever heard of mutant squirrels or surprise racoons causing havoc? Maple syrup heists that would make Robin Hood blush? Secret society messages encoded in some of our most well-known places? We’ve got all that and more! Guffaw and gasp through the city’s streets as our fun and engaging tour guides spill the beans on those little-known stories and secrets that define Ottawa’s hidden personality. Grab your pals, your family, or even that weird cousin you don’t quite know how to handle – everyone’s welcome! “Hidden Ottawa” is a fun and engaging good-natured adventure, perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike. You won’t find this side of the city in any guidebook! Tickets are vanishing now like a squirrel with a stolen bottle of maple syrup!
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. 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.
Join us as we investigate a Kingston, Ontario landmark – Murney Tower! Prior to the Tower, a wood Fort from the war of 1812 stood on the site. After the war, the barracks were used as a hospital until the Tower was built. The land was also heavily used as a landing site for indigenous peoples in the 18th century. The activity could possibly be connected to any or all of these time periods. This 2-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 tower – in the dark – to see what you can discover. With a max of 8 people per group, tickets are extremely limited. Transportation not provided. Special family-friendly investigations Sat & Sun at 3:30 pm. No restrooms on-site – be sure to plan accordingly! DATES: Oct 6 – 8, 2023
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 such small groups, tickets are extremely limited. Transportation not provided. DATES: Oct 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 2023