The city of Hamilton contains dark and unique history.
Hamilton is "ambitious city". Big names doing big things. Actors like Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Kathleen Robertson, hockey coach Pat Quinn and even a top politician named Sheila Copps all called Hamilton home.
It's this ambitious energy can also become dark. Murderess Evelyn Dick and famous bootlegger Rocco Perri are from Hamilton. Rocco called Downtown Hamilton his home off of Bay Street. Even one of the top suspects in the Jack the Ripper murder case did business, and crime, in Downtown Hamilton near current day Royal Connaught.
The ambition that gives Hamilton light also creates darkness, and Downtown Hamilton is the centre of it all. This has been so for over 200 years. The ghosts of Downtown Hamilton include...
The colourful women spirits at the Royal Connaught, Capitol Theatre and even Downtown Hamilton's largest theatre venue, the newish Hamilton Place.
We explore the darker past of Downtown Hamilton's famous family, the McQuesten's. Three generations before the rise of one of Ontario's most known polital figures, Thomas Baker McQuesten, who created...
- The QEW highway
- Skyway Bridge
- High-level bridge from Hamilton to Burlington now named after him
- ...and even some original plans for the Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens
Whitehern in Downtown Hamilton holds much energy, and is different among the many historic homes of Hamilton. Stories kept back for fear of scaring away patrons. Some of the most vivid ghostly experiences featured only on this tour.
This and much more from the streets and alleys of Downtown Hamilton
Frequently Asked Questions for Downtown Hamilton
- How long is the Ghost Walk of Downtown Hamilton?
Tour is about 90 minutes long
- Do we go into any of the buildings?
This tour is normally completely outdoors, unless otherwise stated. The locations featured are abandoned, closed at night, too small to accommodate the group, or is a creepy alleyway! For indoor tours, see Ruthven and The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
- Is it safe to walk in Downtown Hamilton at night?
Very safe! 15 years long and not one issue. But just in case we have a crack security expert to watch over the tour - Men and women so tough they eat nails for breakfast, really spicy food for lunch and skip dinner.
- Are group discounts available?
Yes! If you have a group of 8 or more people, we may be able to provide a discount (depending on night and time of year). To find out, contact us, mention the number of people and desired date.