The fall season is upon us, which means Halloween is quickly approaching and everyone is getting into the spooky-spirit. Whether or not you’re a fan of a good ghost story, Toronto is rich with history and a haunted past. If you’re a fan of visiting old buildings in the hopes of spotting a spirit or just like the thrill of visiting a notable haunted place, then you’re in luck.
Here are 5 haunted places in Toronto that give us a thrill.
The Keg Mansion
A nice meal and a ghost story? How does it get much better than that! The mansion was built in 1968, and the story goes that one of the family maids committed suicide in the building and can sometimes be seen upstairs. You’ll get a chill when you head into the women’s washroom – especially if you’re alone! The washroom is where many employees and patrons have reported seeing children ghosts and other paranormal sights.
Fort York Grounds
Many battles took place here, so it’s no wonder that visitors and employees of the Fort York grounds have reported noises, eerie feelings that they’re not alone, and there’s been common reports of a woman roaming near the Officer’s Quarters (said to be wearing a red soldier’s coat). Creepy! If you want to experience it yourself, you’re in luck -- Fort York After Dark provides tours for the paranormal fans.
The Royal Conservatory
Often where we visit to enjoy a nice night out, you wouldn’t expect this lively place to be haunted. The building was built in 1881 and used as a medical facility by both McMaster and University of Toronto. Students and staff have reported strange events, such as whispers, doors unlocking and closing, and a man in black that drifts through the halls. Next time you’re there for a show, head into the halls solo and see if you get the same feeling many others have reported.
Elgin Winter Theatre
This spooky spot makes all of the most haunted lists, and with good reason. After being built in 1913, a girl was said to be stabbed years later in the Wintergarden washroom on the 5th floor. Rumour has it she was alive for some time, dragged herself to the elevators, but after no one came to rescue her, she died alone. Employees say the elevators are known to go to the 5th floor, opening, and there’s no one there.
St. Michael's Hospital
The employees of St. Mike’s are used to being in the company of Sister Vincenza (whom they call Sister Vinnie for short). She worked at the hospital from 1928 to 1956 as the supervisor of obstetrics as a dedicated employee, and even though she’s gone from this world, her soul lives on in the wing of St. Mike’s where she visits to this day. She’s a friendly ghost, so you might not feel spooked – the staff believe her role is to continue to care for patients even in the afterlife.
Bonus visit (if you can): Lower Bay Station
Whether or not this place is actually haunted, it’s worth a visit if you want to feel chills. The station is situated below Bay Station we know today, but hasn’t been used since 1966. It’s closed to the public, but you can get down there via events such as Doors Open Toronto and sometimes Nuit Blanche as it’s still used for TV and movie shoots. Apparently, people have reported seeing a lady in red with no eyes and feet roaming the platform.
Toronto is a great place to live (despite its spooky past) and as one of the top realtors in Toronto, I love telling my clients about the rich history of the city. Choosing a real estate agent is a big task, but I’m here to help. As one of the best real estate agents in Toronto and the GTA, contact me today for any information you’re looking for – even if it’s just recommendations for a scary night out!