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Halloween at Niagara Parks

Fun Halloween Events for the Whole Family!

The Niagara Parks Commission  is pleased to announce two eeerily fun family events taking place throughout October: Ghosts Behind the Falls at Journey Behind the Falls and All Hallow’s Eve at Old Fort Erie.

Ghosts Behind the Falls

Ghosts Behind the FallsGhosts Behind the Falls

Dates: October 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price (excluding taxes): Adult $14.60, Child (6 – 12 years old) $8.95, Children 5 and under FREE
Location: Journey Behind the Falls: 6650 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Reservations: Not required

A haunting experience awaits you at Journey Behind the Falls. Niagara Parks has called upon its ghosts to greet you during this unique and limited time event. Suitable for all ages. Regular admission applies. Visit during the day and pay only $5 more for the event.

All Hallow’s Eve

All Hallow's EveAll Hallow’s Eve

Dates: October 21 – 23 & October 28 – 31
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price (excluding taxes): Adult $12.25, Child (6 – 12 years old) $7.95, Children 5 and under FREE
Location: Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario
Reservations: (905) 871-0540

Experience the traditions of Halloween, brought to life through the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. A fun and frightening evening at the old stone fort will end with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy at 8:30 p.m. Suitable for all ages. Be prepared and dress for any kind of weather. Regular admission applies. more…

Blue Ghost Tunnel

There have been many reports of paranormal activity after the 1903 fatal train collision near St. Catharines Ontario’s Merritton Tunnel (now known as the Blue Ghost Tunnel) .  Over the past few years Niagara Blog has been collecting videos and pictures from readers about the haunted Blue Ghost Tunnel.   Here is a recent January 2010  video from Linda Randall:


Cemetery Tour

Cemetary tour

What a great way to kick off Halloween with the family. Niagara Falls Musesms are offering 2 cemetery tours.

Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours
October 16, 17, 23, 24, 2009

See the characters from Niagara Falls’ past. Walk into the past through Drummond Hill Cemetery and the grounds of the Battle Ground Inn as actors portray the mighty and the meek. Refreshments served.

Tickets by reservation only. Call 905-358-5082 to purchase.

Holy Trinity Church Cemetery Tour
7820 Portage Road
October 30 & 31, 2009

New this year. Step into Chippawa’s past and hear stories that will both haunt and charm you for years to come! This night-time tour will have costumed performers acting out the lives of some of the famous and not so famous people from the history of Niagara Falls. The tours include music, mime and characterizations of lives lived long ago! You may be surprised to learn who is, and is not, buried in the Holy Trinity Church Cemetery.


Screaming Tunnel on Creepy Canada

Creepy Canada pays a visit to the Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 8

Part 8 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Below are some letters to the editor in response to the St. Catharines Standard article titled “Black Hole Into History“.

Name: Amanda
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: This is feedback in response to the article that was published on Friday, September 30, 2005: “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel. I just found out yesterday from my sister that the tunnel is being sealed up. When asked why, she said that there was an article in the paper about it. Today I read the article and it blew my mind because it talks about making it a park, and going to museums and other things to preserve this piece of history for the people of Niagara. I know this is not true, for the construction to seal off of the blue Ghost Tunnel began yesterday. That is not fair to people who wish to fight the Seaway’s decision and find a way to save history, and the fact that it has not even been a week angers me. I have taken pictures there, and I used a shot of the tunnel in my portfolio for an interview for the Creative Photography program at Humber College which I am now enrolled in. The Blue Ghost
Tunnel is a beautiful place and having it sealed up breaks my heart, as I am in Toronto and cannot even be home to help fight to preserve the Blue Ghost Tunnel, which is an amazing piece of Niagara’s history. Why couldn’t they have given more time for the citizens of Niagara to fight for it?

Name: Stephanie Murray
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: In regards to your article “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel: I find it extremely offensive that your article was published on Friday September 30th, and the Seaway started sealing up the Tunnel on Monday morning, leaving anyone who wanted to offer alternate solutions or a chance to try and save the historic tunnel less than three days in which to protest. As someone who has hiked down to the tunnel on various occasions, I must say that a hike in the Niagara Gorge is far more dangerous even during the day than the hike to the Blue Ghost Tunnel is at night, but no-one seems to be sealing up the Niagara Gorge. I understand that it is an issue of liability, but what happened to the plans of Bruce Timms? Wasn’t he going to pitch an idea to Ottawa about giving all of the old canal lands in Niagara a federal historical designation? Did he manage to do that in the three days before the Seaway started walling up the Blue Ghost Tunnel? The Seaway is sealing off a beatiful piece of Niagara’s history, and hasn’t even given the citizens of Niagara a chance to state their opinions on the matter. While blocking up the Tunnel is a quick-fix, cheap solution for the St. Lawrence Seaway, I can’t see them getting sued in a period of three days. Couldn’t they have waited a little longer? With the pitch and a detailed report by the Niagara regional council still a few months away, the Seaway has already negated any attempts on the part of Niagara to save the historical site of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. So basically if the idea gets pitched and the federal government accepts, it will essentially be pointless, because I doubt that the beautiful structure of the Blue Ghost Tunnel would stand up very well to having the concrete seal broken down if the debate turns in favour of preserving it. But then again, it’s probably cheaper and faster to be small-minded, and to just wall it up and not let people in.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 7

Part 7 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

This article is titled “Black Hole Into History” and appeared in the St. Catharines Standard on September 30, 2005. The same article appeared in the Welland tribune with the title “What Lurks In The Tunnel”. Only a few days would pass when the St. Lawrence Seaway began sealing the west end of the tunnel. This was the article that caused several angry letters to the editor in the days to come. More on this topic soon.

Even the fierce glare of the afternoon sun can’t banish the creepy chill lurking in the Blue Ghost Tunnel.
The former railway tunnel, curving into darkness under the third Welland Canal, boasts a slew of haunted hallmarks.
A historic train wreck complete with nasty fatalities, of course. Submerged graveyards just around the corner. A deliciously isolated location.

It even looks like a Hollywood horror director’s fondest nightmare. The yawning black hole into history is tucked away under a seldom-used dirt track, slowly losing a battle to encroaching plant life.
Crows get in on the act, crouching ominously in a couple of stark-limbed dead trees nearby.
You have to be a brave, chill-seeking soul to venture into the gaping mouth of the tunnel and not just because of its ghoulish reputation.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 6

Part 6 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

This article is titled “Seaway Considers Sealing Off Tunnel To Stop Trespassing” and appeared in the St. Catharines Standard on September 14, 2005. This was the first article that mentioned the possibility of the tunnel being sealed. More articles on this topic coming soon.

Despite the Blue Ghost Tunnel’s ominous name it is not ancient spirits but young vandals haunting it, prompting the seaway security to request the landmark be sealed.

Kevin Valencourt of Niagara Amateur Ghost Seekers* said, after Creepy Canada portrayed the 1873 tunnel as “700 feet of hell on earth”, the place has become a favourite party spot for teenagers who drink beer, spray graffiti and leave trash all around.

“It’s just sickening to see a piece of history desecrated in such a fashion,” Valencourt said. “One night we were down there, somebody was handing out maps for a party. I’ve seen people dropping their children off there for a couple of hours.”