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Our ghost tours & paranormal adventures will return in 2021! Thank you to everyone who supported us through this most difficult year. ❤️

Until we relight our lanterns and don our cloaks once again, please try our digital experiences: The Haunting at Home and Haunted Virtual Campfires.

2020: HALLOWEEN SEASON BUBBLE GHOST TOURS!

 

Have an “out-of-house” experience on a premium small group Bubble Tour!

 

We take up to 12 participants on these limited-time, socially-distanced versions of our Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa and Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour. These tours are a safe and fun way to enjoy some fresh air and hear some great Ottawa ghost stories.

The Haunting at Home

THE HAUNTING AT A HOME – A PARANORMAL ADVENTURE

 

Say ‘Hello’ to the bump in the night.

 

The Haunting at Home is an interactive online audio experience you can do right in your own house, apartment or creepy cabin in the woods. It is narrated by The Haunted Walk’s Creative Director and host of the Haunted Talks podcast, Jim Dean. This Paranormal Adventure is the perfect night of spooky fun for those who are intrigued by ghost stories or enjoy the thrill of trying to contact the other side.

Is the tour you want not available?
If you have 5 or more people call us about adding an extra departure to the schedule.

Have a large group?
Private tours can be arranged for groups of 15 or more. Visit our Group Tours page for more details.

Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa
(Apr – Nov)

 

The outdoor tour that started it all! We will share some of our favourite ghost stories from the area and lead you by lantern light to some of our favourite haunted spots, including: the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier and Ottawa’s haunted high school. You’ll never look at the city and these buildings the same again!

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 90 minutes
Adults $23.99, Youth (up to 17) $19.99

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Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour
(Year-Round)

 

Are you brave enough to venture inside the old Carleton County Jail, one of the most haunted buildings in North America? 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? You will be the jury. Hear the evidence, experience the jail and then then decide for yourself!

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 75 to 90 minutes
Adults $23.99, Youth (Up to 17) $19.99

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Historical Ottawa Jail Tour
(Feb – Sept)

 

We set the ghost stories aside and concentrate on the incredible history of the old Carleton County Jail. How was the prison used? How bad were the living conditions? Did inmates try to escape? How many were executed? We’ll answer these questions and more as we put you to face-to-face with the last working gallows in Canada.

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻 1/2

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 75 minutes
Adults $23.99, Youth (up to 17) $19.99

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The Haunting at Laurier House: A Paranormal Adventure
(Jan 31 – Feb 29, 2020)

 

💀Special “DEAD OF WINTER” Nights!💀

 

There is no building in the city with a stronger connection to the supernatural than Laurier House. This haunted mansion was the home of two former Prime Ministers. Sir Wilfrid Laurier lived there for over 20 years and died in the house in 1919. William Lyon Mackenzie King then made it his home until 1948. King had a deep interest in spiritualism and would routinely hold séances and table-rapping sessions in the building, attempting to speak with the dead. Is it possible that these attempts opened a doorway to the spirit realm?

This immersive paranormal adventure combines a ghost investigation with a haunted attraction and drops YOU right in the middle of the action.

To learn more, visit our Haunting at Laurier House page.

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻👻!

Departure Location: Laurier House Visitor Centre, 283 Chapel Street
Duration: 90 minutes
Adults $49.99

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Ghosts of Upper Canada Village Walking Tour (June – August)

We will lead you through the darkened pioneer village, sharing chilling tales about Upper Canada’s darker history and the ghosts that may still linger in some of the buildings on-site today. This unique opportunity to see Upper Canada Village after the lights go out will only be available on select days this summer. As this tour often sells out, please be sure you have purchased your tickets before heading to the village.

2019 Dates: Saturdays from June 29 – August 31

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻

Departure Location: Upper Canada Village, main entrance, 13740 County Rd 2, Morrisburg
Duration: 90 minutes
Adults $23.99, Youth (up to 17) $19.99

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Ghosts of MacKenzie King Estate Walking Tour (July – October)

Join us for a moonlight walk around the Mackenzie King Estate, located deep inside Gatineau Park. As we lead you through this secluded getaway we will explore the former Prime Minister’s incredible property, his passion for spiritualism and the supernatural, and share some of our favourite ghost stories from the grounds.

2019 Dates: Saturdays July 6 – October 19 (except August 3rd)

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻

Departure Location: Mackenzie King Estate, P6, Gatineau Park (due to road closures you must use Barnes/Moore Road to access the parking lotsee map)
Duration: 90 minutes
Adults $23.99, Youth (up to 17) $19.99

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Ghosts and the Gallows: Are you Afraid of the Dark (Halloween Season Only)

During our Halloween Season we take you inside the old Carleton County Jail (now HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America – in the dark! Was the wrong man hanged for the murder of D’Arcy McGee? Does he still haunt the jail? Come face your fear and decide for yourself! Not recommended for children under 10.

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 75 minutes
Adults $23.75, Youth (Up to 17) $19.75

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Premium – The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa with Haunted Museum Experience (Halloween Season Only)

This premium small-group version of the Original Haunted Walk will conclude with a visit inside Ottawa’s most haunted building – The Bytown Museum. Many of us find this to be the spookiest building we visit. Care to have a look for yourself?

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 2 hours
Adults $29.75, Youth (up to 17) $26.75

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Premium – Ghosts and the Gallows: Are you Afraid of the Dark (Halloween Season Only)

On this premium tour we take a small groups inside the old Carleton County Jail (now HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America! In addition to hearing the many ghost stories, you will have extra time to explore the cells and haunted hallways, and take part in unique activities inside the jail. (Photo Credit: Phantoms of Yore)

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻👻

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 2 hours
Adults $29.75, Youth (Up to 17) $29.75

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The Haunted Walk’s Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure!

They’re baaaaack……Guests will be led on an interactive adventure with the undead, deep inside the labyrinth that is the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. This one-of-a-kind Halloween experience is a perfect combination of humour, storytelling, interactive challenges, unexpected surprises,  and of course…zombies.

This tour is not recommended for young children or anyone who cries easily when trapped underground and surrounded by a horde of the walking dead.

Want to be a zombie? Check out the Diefenbunker’s volunteer page!

2019 Dates: October 19, 20, 26 & 27

Departure Location: Guard House, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road
Duration: 75 minutes
Adults $29.99, Youth (Up to 17) $26.99

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The Haunted Walk’s Nightmare Before/After X-mas! (December)

Join us as we explore the darker side of the festive season. Hear about strange and frightening holiday traditions from around the world and gather in close as we share creepy Christmas-themed ghost stories. The majority of the tour will take place inside the spooky Bytown Museum, one of Ottawa’s oldest and most haunted buildings. Once inside, you’ll learn why some Haunted Walk tour guides are too scared to give tours of the museum – even at Christmas time! Pay close attention to the stories and you might just win yourself some extra presents before the night is through!

👹 On Krampusnacht (Dec 5th), stop by our Ottawa ticket office at 46 Sparks Street for a photo-op with KRAMPUS, Santa’s evil twin! Meet & greet from 5-5:30pm, and 7:30-8pm. All are welcome! Small donations for the Ottawa Humane Society to assist in reindeer rescue will be accepted. At 8pm, join in on our first “Nightmare Before X-Mas” tour of the season! Check our our Facebook event for more details. 👹

2019 Dates: December 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 – 30

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 75 minutes
Adults $23.99, Youth (up to 17) $19.99

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A Night on Death Row (Halloween Season Only)

🎃 The ultimate Halloween experience! This package includes a premium Ghosts and the Gallows tour followed by a night in an authentic (3 foot by 9 foot) single cell on the haunted 8th floor of the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel! Are you brave enough to stay the night? On this premium tour you will hear the many ghost stories of the jail and will have extra time to explore the cells and take part in unique activities. Check in is after the tour and requires photo ID. Check out is 11am. Free continental breakfast included!

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻👻!

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: Overnight
Adults $99.00

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Canada’s Scariest Ghost Stories (Summer)

True north strong and spooky! This year we are celebrating Canada by sharing our favourite Canadian ghost stories. We’ll take you from coast to coast as we explore the most hair-raising and spine-tingling tales the country has to offer. This tour will also include some of our best local stories and a visit inside the Bytown Museum, Ottawa’s oldest and most haunted building.

2018 Dates: June 28 & 29, July 2, 4, 6, 7 & 13, August 2, 3, & 5

Spookiness Scale (out of 5): 👻👻👻👻

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 75 to 90 minutes
Adults $21.75, Youth (up to 17) $18.75

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Stranger Tales: A Haunted Walk City Adventure! (October – November)

Ottawa’s newest and largest immersive Halloween experience arrives this October! An unseen figure has left a mysterious package at The Haunted Walk ticket office. What is inside? What does it mean? Combining the creepy elements of our traditional Haunted Walks with an urban adventure and interactive problem solving, this self-directed mystery is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Choose your own adventure as you solve clues, interact with characters and wind up inside one of Ottawa’s most haunted buildings.

Read our Stranger Tales FAQ for more details!

Some parts of the adventure will require internet access. Please make sure to bring at least one internet connected smartphone or tablet per party.

2018 Dates: TBA

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 75-90 minutes
Adults $21.75, Youth (up to 17) $18.75

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We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: A Haunted Walk Kid’s Adventure!

There’s something strange in our neighbourhood! Peculiar events have been happening lately at the old Carleton County Jail. We need to get to the bottom of this mystery! Bring your family for a lighthearted and exciting ghost-busting adventure. Full of fun, jokes and a few (light) surprises, this interactive adventure is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon with the family leading up to Halloween. This tour is designed to be enjoyed best by brave young ghostbusters ages 6 – 10.

2018 Dates: TBA

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: 60 minutes
All Tickets $14.75

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The Great Ghost Family Adventure! (July & August)

Calling all junior ghost investigators! For those not quite old or brave enough yet to enjoy the twists and terrors of our regular ghost tours, we are excited to announce a new experience. The Great Ghost Family Adventure is an interactive quest that will take you inside Ottawa’s spookiest building, the Bytown Museum. Collect clues and investigate while we share some of our favourite stories about the building and surrounding area. Join our investigation team and discover the secrets of Ottawa’s oldest building!

Adults $21.75, Youth (up to 17) $18.75

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Whelan’s Night (Special Ghosts & The Gallows Tour)

Join us on the anniversary of the execution of Patrick James Whelan at the old Ottawa Jail. We will explore the history & hauntings that all hinge on this pivotal date. At the conclusion of the tour, paranormal investigators from Phantoms of Yore will be on hand to lead the brave on a series of unique experiments. Not recommended for children.

Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
All tickets: $23.75

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Whispers of the Carleton County Gaol – Paranormal Investigation with Phantoms of Yore (One Night Only!)

Have you ever wanted to take part in a paranormal investigation of a haunted building? Here’s your chance! Join paranormal investigators, Phantoms of Yore, as they reveal the results of several overnight sessions in the Ottawa Jail Hostel, give a workshop on their research and equipment, and ultimately lead you on your own late-night investigation. The experience will also include our Ghosts and the Gallows tour, where you will hear the many ghost stories from the jail. This event is presented in partnership between Phantoms of Yore, The Haunted Walk, and the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel to support the preservation of the building. The experience will be approximately 5 hours. No children please.

Please note – there are only 21 tickets available for this unique event and we do expect to sell out early. The event will be filmed for release and patrons will have access to a private Facebook group where event information, post-event footage and evidence will be posted.

Departure Location: Lobby of the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel at 75 Nicholas Street – 8pm
Duration: Approx. 5 hours
Adults $49.75

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May – October

Traveling to Ottawa by bus? Our professional step-on guides are available to take your group on fantastic city sightseeing tours. Our local experts show the landmarks and share the stories that make Ottawa such an incredible place to visit!

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