While Niagara's spooky "Haunted Houses" are successful animated frightfests, an online video series producer is determined to show the real thing does exist in Niagara Falls.
"History of a Haunting," Canada's latest paranormal series, has just wrapped its first season in Niagara Falls. With its battle sites, many buildings and homes over two centuries old, the show's producer, Jerry Potter, believes Niagara Falls is an ideal site to explore manifestations of lingering spirits. Two executive producers, Nathan Chamberland and Todd Brown, are also natives of the Niagara Region. The trailer for the series is online.
Among the sites they will visit is Drummond Cemetery, near the site of the Battle of Lundy's Lane during the War of 1812. Sightings of soldiers who died from their wounds have been reported by many visitors at all times of day.
Another well-documented haunted spot in Niagara Falls is "The Screaming Tunnel", on Warner Road, near where it intersects Garner Road. If one goes into the tunnel at any time and lights a match, a whoosh of air extinguishes the match instantly while a piercing shriek echoes off the high stone walls. In the early 1900s a farmhouse caught fire at the south entrace to the tunnel. The legend tells of a young girl, garments aflame, who escaped and ran into the tunnel where she perished. A visit to the Screaming Tunnel has convinced many skeptics that someone is still there in spirit.
Cavendish Manor, a girls' school long ago, is the site of many encounters with ghostly little girls, both laughing and screaming fearfully. The legend goes that, soon after the screams sound, someone will die.
The Angel Inn, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, is reputed to house a British soldier, Captain Swayze, murdered by American soldiers in 1812. Captain Swayze reportedly likes to tamper with kegs and mugs of American beer.
Come to the Niagara region, and see if the ghosts will appear to you.