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.
Hamilton contains dark history unlike any other city in Canada
Hamilton is the "ambitious city". Big names doing big things like actors Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Kathleen Robertson, hockey coach Pat Quinn and even a top politician named Sheila Copps all called Hamilton home.
Ambitious energy can be dark, like murderess Evelyn Dick and Canada's own Al Capone, bootlegger Rocco Perri. Rocco called Downtown Hamilton his home off of Bay Street, as told on Hamilton's Dark History. 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.
There are colourful women spirits in Downtown Hamilton. The Lady in White at the Royal Connaught, Lady in Brown at the old Capitol Theatre and the fittingly dramatic Lady in Red at Hamilton Place Theatre. All these stories featured on our Ghost Walks of Downtown Hamilton.
There's a darker past for Hamilton's famous family, the McQuesten's. Three generations before the rise of Ontario's first roads minister, Thomas Baker McQuesten. He 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. Stories kept from the public until the Ghost Walks came along. The tragic life of Isaac McQuesten and his apparition still scaring workers and guests featured on our Ghost Walks of Downtown Hamilton.
The Right House was Hamilton's first department store. Featuring new ideas like layaway and "satisfaction or your money back". Also new technology like the first telephones in any business in Canada and 3 Otis elevators. The first owner, Thomas Watkins, loved those elevators. On his day off he dressed like a conductor and worked them all day. He still loves them over 100 years after his death, as told on the Ghost Walks of Downtown Hamilton.
St. Paul's Church has the tallest free-standing stone steeple in Ontario. Designed by William Thomas, who also created St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Brock's Monument and Toronto's Don Jail. The church received its first bell upgrade in the 1940's, but right from the start they never worked. Find out the creepy reason why on the Ghost Walks of Downtown Hamilton
Hamilton remains the "ambitious city" to this day, with many new projects to save historic buildings... filled with more ghosts