People have inhabited what is now Ontario for over 12,000 years, so if you believe in ghosts, you can safely assume that there are tons of them among us today.

Ontario is full of historic landmarks with chilling backstories that date back hundreds of years and even resident ghosts that drift through the hallways to this day.

From a spooky hotel to an eerie courtyard, here are some of the places believed to be the most haunted in Ontario.

Niagara Parks Power Station

This century-old landmark is said to have a resident ghost and if you’re brave enough, you can wander the halls and search for her yourself. The Niagara Parks Power Station told Curiocity all about its chilling history and the ghost that employees claimed to have seen over the years.

Way back in 1905, the founder of the Canadian Niagara Power Company William Rankine married  Annette Kittridge Norton in Niagara Falls, New York. Sadly, William died of congestive heart failure not long after their wedding, roughly 116 years ago on September 30th. After trying unsuccessfully to contact her husband through mediums, poor Annette spiraled into a depression and disappeared. 

After that, some former staff members apparently saw a “well-to-do woman in a fur coat moving around the thrust deck,” pictured above. According to the Power Station, “it is believed that this might be Mrs. Rankine looking for her long lost husband, William.” Spooky!

Where: 7005 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes sits on the Toronto Islands and it’s said to be haunted by its first lighthouse keeper, John Paul Radelmüller, to this day.

According to CBC via the Toronto Public Library, the story of Radelmüller’s demise is told in two different ways. In one, the lighthouse keeper was murdered and in the other, he simply vanished.

DeeDee Dodds the lighthouse keeper at the time and John Durnan, nephew of George Durnan, were interviewed in the article about the skeletal remains at the lighthouse believed to be Radelmüller.

Where: Toronto Islands – Hanlan’s Point Park

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Photo via Niagara Parks Power Station

The Prince George Hotel

Ghost sightings have been reported at this historic hotel in Kingston with a tragic backstory.

The hotel was built for the Herchimer family back in 1809, and the youngest daughter Lily was believed to be having an affair with a rum smuggler, according to South Eastern Ontario.

Lily lit a lantern each night as a signal for when it was safe for her lover to visit but one night, she fell asleep with the lantern still lit and a gust of wind blew the flame and set fire to her room. Lily died in the fire, and many people believe her ghost drifts through the hotel in search of her lost love.

Where: 200 Ontario Street, Kingston

Mather-Walls House

This Queen Anne-style Victorian house in Keewatin offers elegant tea service during the day, but it has spine-chilling secrets. In fact, it was once featured on an episode of Creepy Canada.

You can even tour the home from May to September to learn about its eerie history and do some ghost-hunting yourself. The home also offers ghost tours.

Built way back in 1889, the home is believed to be haunted by its most recent resident Edna Walls, reports Kenora Miner & News.

Employees have witnessed strange and even paranormal activity at the house, like objects mysterious going missing, the sound of people walking up and down the stairs, and even shadowy figures moving through the rooms.

Where: 1116 Ottawa Street, Kenora

Rochleau Courtyard

Rochleau Courtyard is a charming network of alleys in Kingston, and it leads to the courtyard where you can find Chez Piggy Restaurant and the Toucan Pub today — but, it has a chilling backstory that will send shivers down your spine.

According to South Eastern Ontario, the unsettling legend revolves around Theresa Ignace Beam, a woman who met a tragic end in 1868. She was strangled by her lover, John Napier, in the carriage-way during a secret meeting. Theresa had revealed to him that she was pregnant, which overwhelmed the prominent entrepreneur with anger and panic.

Like Mather-Walls House, the alley was also showcased in an episode of Creepy Canada.

The question remains: Does Theresa’s restless spirit wander the dimly lit back alleys of Rochleau Court?

Where: Kingston, Ontario