With a history spanning over 100 years, under the ownership of six different suitors, the Niagara Apothecary is believed to be the last of Ontario’s confederation buildings to be left standing.
The Ontario Heritage Foundation began to restore the Apothecary shortly after its closure in 1964, transforming the facility at 5 Queen Street into a museum seven years later. And like many of the areas with historical prominence in Niagara, there is much more to this property than meets the eye.
The reported sounds of footsteps jogging up and down a staircase have lead some to believe that there is a high level of ghost like activity within the museum. Some have gone as far as to strategically place newspapers on the front steps only to watch as the paper is gently moved by what they described as translucent footsteps. Although samples of a specific medicine called Beladona are no longer kept on site, the scent of the medicine, along with wild flowers, are frequently noticed by the museum’s visitors.
Some have reported the sensation of cold spots, certain areas that are dramatically colder than others even during the hottest of days. It is believed that the cold spots occur when a ghost is near and/or angry and upset, leading some to believe that the Apothecary had seen its fair share of violence and medical negligence.
by: Chase Kell