Did you know that there are lots of haunted hiking trails in Ontario? Well, you may or may not believe that they are actually haunted hikes where you’ll connect with spirits from the afterlife. But, all of these Ontario haunted trails have really fascinating stories behind them. You’ll walk in the footsteps of those who had intriguing life stories or met a horrific end.
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These are some of the spookiest, creepiest, and most startling places to go for a hike in Ontario, Canada. Some places on the trails were abandoned many years ago. In some situations, fellow hikers have encountered freaky incidents and lived to tell the tale. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you might feel a chill up your spine on some of these Ontario haunted hiking trails. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!
Ghost Road (Mississauga Trail), Port Perry
Ghost Road (also known as The Mississauga Trail) is an old concession road rather than a hiking trail. But, hear me out. I feel like this list of haunted hiking trails in Ontario would be incomplete without mentioning it.
Located in Scugog Island, just outside of Port Perry, Ghost Road is home to loads of paranormal activity over the years. The original story goes as follows: in either the late 1950s or 1960s, a younger man was riding his new motorcycle too fast and ran out of road. He drove through some barbed wire fence at the end of the road and was decapitated. Some say that he hit his head on a large rock at the end of the road and died, and you can still see that rock there today. If you’re walking or driving down Ghost Road, you may encounter a large white round light that turns into a small red light when it passes you, and it might be accompanied with the sound of a motorcycle.
There are also many other strange reports and encounters on Ghost Road: UFO sightings, losing cell signal completely or having a phone’s battery drain completely, a car’s battery dying when parked here, ghost sightings, cars being pushed and pulled forwards and backwards, and more.
You’ll want to walk on Ghost Road at night if you want to potentially have some spooky experiences. If you’re looking to visit Ghost Road, you can search for “The Mississauga Trail, Scugog Island” on Google Maps. To get there, take Highway 7 (Island Road) north, turn right on Pine Point Road, and then turn left on The Mississauga Trail (Ghost Road). You’ll see the large rock on the left hand side.
The Screaming Tunnel (Bruce Trail), Niagara
The Screaming Tunnel is part of the Bruce Trail near Niagara Falls. You’ll need to walk through it if you’re hiking on the Bruce Trail. The Screaming Tunnel dates back to the early 1900s. It’s a limestone tunnel that runs beneath a set of railroad tracks. Originally, the tunnel was constructed for drainage purposes to remove water from the neighbouring farmlands. It was also a footpath for the farmers to get beyond the railroad tracks.
Here’s the legend of the Screaming Tunnel and why it’s one of the best haunted hiking trails in Ontario. Of course, it’s a really creepy tale because this hiking trail is haunted by the ghost of a little girl. Decades ago, there was a fire in a nearby barn. A young girl ran into the tunnel with her clothes ablaze and sadly passed away. Another version of the story is even more grim: the young girl is set on fire by her abusive father after he loses custody of his children.
As the legend goes, if you light a wooden match at the stroke of midnight in the tunnel, you will hear the young girl’s dying screams. When I went hiking near the Screaming Tunnel, it was in the middle of the day, so I didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary. Even though I’m not entirely convinced that ghosts are real, I think I’d be way too scared to hike through this tunnel at midnight. Would you do it?
The section of the Bruce Trail with the Screaming Tunnel is near Woodend Conservation Area, so it’s easy to pair a hike to both places. You’ll also enjoy some beautiful scenery of Niagara vineyards on the trail, too.
The Hermitage, Dundas Valley Conservation Area
The Dundas Valley Conservation Area is an amazing place to go hiking in Dundas, Ontario (Hamilton). It’s also home to one of the best haunted hiking trails in Ontario. Specifically, the ruins of the Hermitage that are right on the trail are reportedly haunted. A coachman who used to work on the estate committed suicide over unrequited love and his spirit continues to roam the ruins and nearby paths.
The Hermitage ruins used to be a grand estate on 120 acres of property. In 1833, an Englishman named Otto Ives purchased the land. As the story goes, Ives’ coachman, William Black, fell in love with Ives’ niece. He asked for her hand in marriage, but she declined. The following morning, William Black hung himself from the rafters of the stable. As a suicide could not be buried at the church, they buried him at the crossroads of Lover’s Lane and Sulphur Springs Road. Late at night, you might be able to hear him crying.
In 2016, the Hamilton Conservation Authority completed a restoration of the property, so it’s a little less creepy than before. However, I wouldn’t be entirely convinced that a little sprucing up of the place got rid of the spirits that haunt its grounds. It still remains one of the top haunted hiking trails in Hamilton, Ontario.
Devil’s Punch Bowl, Stoney Creek
Devil’s Punchbowl is home to one of the best waterfalls and hiking trails in Hamilton. While there are pretty impressive views all around this amazing geologic formation, you might wonder how it got such a sinister sounding name.
It’s thought that it may have been a location for selling and gathering moonshine back in the 1930s, which had negative connotations. These business dealing were like dealing with the devil, hence the name, Devil’s Punch Bowl. There’s even a rumour that you can see the ghosts of these moonshiners hiking the trails at night.
Many tragedies, accidents, and deaths have occurred at the Devil’s Punchbowl over the years. A boy scout and his dog sadly perished when the ground gave way near the edge of the gorge. Numerous suicides have taken place at the gorge. Take care when you’re hiking near the edge of the gorge as the ground is fragile and can crumble beneath your feet.
Albion Falls, Hamilton
Albion Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Hamilton. This area is also known for its paranormal activity and local legends. The top of the waterfall was named “Lover’s Leap” after a romantic and tragic tale that happened in the early 1900s.
Childhood sweethearts, Joseph Rousseau and Jane Reilly, had fallen in love and agreed to marry. Unfortunately, Joseph broke off the engagement because his mother did not approve of Jane. Utterly devastated and heartbroken, Jane jumped from the top of the waterfall to the rocky ravine down below. She leapt to her death on that fateful day in September of 1915. There’s an urban legend that you can still hear Jane crying from the top of the gorge at night.
There are other spooky and scary tales surrounding the region near the waterfall, too. There are multiple instances of haunted houses and roads over the years. The homes are long torn down, but the increased paranormal activity in the area could make for some freakishly haunted hikes.
Merritton Tunnel / Blue Ghost Tunnel, St. Catharines
The Merritton Tunnel, also known as the Blue Ghost Tunnel, is an abandoned railway tunnel in St. Catharines, Ontario. It was built in 1876 as a way to cross a portion of the Welland Canal. Several deathly accidents occurred over the years at the tunnel, and it’s one of the most haunted places in Ontario.
Initially, many construction workers died while building the tunnel. A fourteen year old boy was killed here when he was crushed by a giant rock. Also, there were several train accidents inside the tunnel over the years.
The Merritton Tunnel was renamed the Blue Ghost Tunnel because people witnessed a blue mist coming out from the tunnel on some evenings. Some visitors to the tunnel reported feeling incredibly ill or nauseous. People have also heard the sounds of children crying or a sensation of being pushed into the tunnel.
Nowadays, the Blue Ghost Tunnel is completely sealed off to the public, so you aren’t able to walk inside of it anymore. You’re welcome to take a hike around the tunnel if you’d like to catch a glimpse of this abandoned site. Perhaps you’ll still have a haunting experience here, despite the fact that the tunnel is all boarded up.
Dundas Peak, Dundas (Hamilton)
More haunted hiking trails in the Hamilton area? I’m not sure what it is about Hamilton that’s so spooky, but the Dundas Peak is another haunted location in the region. When some hikers were taking a picture at the edge of the cliffs, they spotted something freaky in one of their photographs. A spooky, thin figure without a face loomed on the side of the cliff where it isn’t possible for people to walk.
The hiker was not able to recreate the photo, and the image was not visible in his friend’s photos either. Was it a ghost or an optical illusion? We’ll never know for sure. However, the vicinity surrounding the Dundas Peak has plenty of ghost stories.
I attended Dundas District for middle school (now the Dundas District Lofts), and this historic building is just below the Peak. As students there, we were all familiar with the ghost stories. First, the janitor, Russell, was rumoured to haunt the hallways of the school. Next, there was an accident on the train tracks near the school (also just below the Peak) where two trains collided back in the early 1900s. There’s a rumour that the school’s auditorium was used as a makeshift morgue.
Trowbridge Falls, Thunder Bay
Let’s head up to Thunder Bay where the grounds surrounding Trowbridge Falls contain some haunted hiking trails. There are quite a few horror stories and paranormal sightings at Trowbridge falls. First, it’s possible to encounter some phantom runners on the hiking trails themselves who like to push hikers out of the way.
Next, there’s a ghost known as the “woman in white”. Visitors to the area have witnessed this woman in white floating across the park’s wide open spaces. There are campgrounds at Trowbridge Falls, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for this woman in white at night.
There’s also a supposed “dogman” who haunts the trails and the waterfall. It’s a shapeshifting creature who takes the form of various animals and man, switching back and forth. The main bridge into the campground is one of the most haunted spots, so take care around this area.
Last of all, there’s the undertaker. The undertaker haunts the parking lot at Trowbridge Falls. He likes to bang on the sides of the vehicles and also peer in the car windows from time to time. Phew, Trowbridge Falls certainly sounds like one of the most haunted places in Ontario!
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Bronte Creek Provincial Park might have some haunted hiking trails, too. The Spruce Lane Farmhouse at Bronte Creek Provincial Park is thought to be haunted. It’s an old farmhouse from 1899 with unexplained happenings and reported ghostly sightings. No one really knows who is haunting the old farm house, though some suspect that it’s Henry Breckon who used to live there.
Some have felt an unexplained presence as they stroll around the home. Doors open and close on their own. Other have heard whispers, footsteps, and the laughter of children in the house. The tour guides often talk to the house and inform the ghosts when any events are going to happen that involve slight changes, as to not upset them. Take a stroll around the hiking trails at Bronte Creek Provincial Park and pop into the Spruce Lane Farmhouse for a closer look.
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto Islands
Taking a stroll around the Toronto Islands is one of the best places to go walking and hiking in Toronto. You can visit one of the most haunted buildings in Ontario on your walk, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Great Lakes, and it’s the second oldest in Canada.
The first lighthouse keeper, J.P. Rademuller, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. It’s rumoured that he was murdered by two soldiers. His body was dismembered and buried in multiple graves around the lighthouse. The ghost of Rademuller is thought to haunt the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse to this date.
Unfortunately, you aren’t able to go inside the lighthouse as it’s kept locked (although it’s still maintained). You may experience some paranormal activity when you go for a walk around the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.
More Hiking Guides
Looking for more Ontario hiking guides and hiking guides in general? You might be interested to take a look at these blog posts:
- 15 Hiking Movies You Need to Watch
- 10 Caves in Ontario You Must Explore
- The Best Long Distance Trails in Ontario (100km+!)
What to Bring on a Hike
A proper pair of hiking shoes is an absolute must. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen and lots of water, too. My water bottle of choice is the GRAYL Purifier because you can drink ANY water from any source, no matter what. Water from lakes, streams, rivers, public restrooms, you name it. It’s the world’s fastest portable purifier. Get your hands on one ASAP!
Don’t forget to pack some bug spray because there can be biting bugs depending on the time of year. While I didn’t see any signs regarding ticks, it’s safe to assume that ticks are all over Ontario hiking trails. Protect yourself against ticks by wearing long pants tucked into high socks (and wear bug spray). Check yourself for ticks after your hike.
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