A Haunting Good Time

Halloween is the time of year when ancient Celts believed the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and it was believed 2,000 years ago that the dead visited the living on Oct. 31. That tradition evolved into our modern Halloween, with all of its associated spookiness and hauntings.

There are few places in Canada where Halloween can be enjoyed more than in Niagara, an area rich in history — and ghost stories.

Set up base at the Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls before taking a trip through Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wine country to the most haunted place in the most haunted town in Canada.

Historic Fort George was the Niagara headquarters for British troops in the War of 1812. Over the course of the war, it was bombarded and destroyed, rebuilt and then left to fall into ruin after the hostilities. In the wake of the bloody battles fought in the vicinity of the fort, it is a treasure trove of ghost stories.

A two-hour walking tour of Fort George will explore the scariest aspects of the haunted fort, with stories too frightening to be told during the regular summer tours and a visit to the Officers’ Quarters, an area usually off-limits.

This isn’t a tour with actors dressed in scary costumes portraying ghosts or other scary creatures, jumping out of dark places trying to spook you. This tour tells real stories or people’s experiences with the ghosts that call Fort George home.

Tours for this Halloween begin this weekend, Oct. 14, 15 and 16, and continue Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Tickets must be pre-purchased and are available by calling 905-468-6621.

Tours begin in the Fort's main parking lot, located on Queen's Parade, almost opposite from the Shaw Festival Theatre. Look for guides dressed in black capes, carrying lanterns.

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