Haunted hotspots in Toronto

Halloween might be everybody’s favourite scary holiday, but Toronto's haunted homes and buildings will give visitors a fright all year round. If you fancy a scare, check out the local tours that will you guide you through the stories and corridors of these spooky spots around the downtown core.

Mackenzie House

1
82 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1X2

This former home of William Lyon Mackenzie is said to be the most haunted house in the city. Apparitions of Mackenzie, his wife and children have been spotted around the second and third floors of the spooky tourist spot. The cheeky spirits have also been known to tamper with the printing press in the basement and turn taps off and on spontaneously during tours. The ghosts haunting this heritage home are even noted on official city documents; Anglican Archdeacon John Frank visited the house in the late 1960s in an attempt to exorcise the spirits.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

2
515 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2H7

Not just a popular eatery, this famed steakhouse also serves up some seriously scary ghost stories. The prominent Massey family owned the Jarvis Street mansion back in the early 1990s and there have been a number of accounts suggesting that some family members are still residing there. Ghostly children can also be heard running and playing on the upper floors and in the kitchen and an apparition of the family’s former maid has been spotted hanging from a noose above the main foyer in the restaurant. Ask the staff to see a binder detailing the frightening occurrences at the restaurant.

Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

3
189 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4

There have been plenty of first-hand reports of paranormal activity at this grand Edwardian stacked theatre on Yonge Street. The most notable ghost in residence is the Lavender Lady, an elegant blonde who haunts the upstairs Winter Garden theatre. According to legend, the woman was stabbed to death in the theatre washroom and today makes her spectral presence known with her lavender-scented perfume.Samuel the trombone player is the resident ghost for the downstairs theatre; the musician died after falling into the Elgin’s orchestra pit in 1918 and staff still spot his likeness from time to time.

Ontario Courts

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60 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M3

One particularly mischievous poltergeist has a habit of tugging on judges’ robes as they walk up and down the rear staircase at Toronto’s former city hall. Visitors and staffers have also reported hearing footsteps along empty hallways and moans emitting from the empty cellars, which once held the city’s prisoners. Rumour has it Courtroom 33 is particularly sinister and haunted by Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas, the last two men to be hanged in Canada.

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