Ghost Tours of Fort George - The Best place
To Be On Halloween
The hayrides and makeshift haunted houses
are fine, but on Halloween,
the best place to be in Niagara is Fort George.
Friendly and historical by day, shadowy and
ominous by night, the fort
takes on a whole new atmosphere every October. That's when the ghosts
come out to play. With any luck, you'll see one for yourself during the
Ghost Tours of Fort George.
Attracting bigger crows every year, the
ghost tours have proven to be
creepy addition to the town's autumn slate. The two-hour tour starts in
the parking lot, and winds its way through most every barrack and cabin
on the grounds. Each of them has a story and each of them has their own
Ghost tour guide dressed in early 19th
century garb carries a
lantern for the tour and spins his tales in the darkness for maximum
effect. During the guided tour you will hear a score of ghostly
accounts as well as being introduced to the history of Fort George and
the surrounding area. Even the large giddy crowds have been known to be
jittery by the time it's over. Sometimes ghostly experiences are so
strong that even the tour guide freaks out.
There is one spooky area
everybody is talking about - the caponier tunnel near the back of the
fort - that gets under your skin. That part of the land was heavily
bulldozed during Fort George's reconstruction in the '30s, and
something hangs in the air. Various psychic and paranormal experts feel
it as well. People don't like that area. There's a lot of tension and
some people get nauseous there. Others claim there's a looming violence
in that area.
Every Halloween ghost tour is actualy a
tour through a dimly lit old fort, and it will cover some rough and
dark terrain, so
please dress according to the weather, be prepared and wear comfortable
No flash photography is permitted on the tours.
Ghost tours of Fort George are also
offered every year throughout the summer months, from May to September.
Bug spray is a good idea during the
Visit Fort George national
historic site and watch for many special events related to historical
troubled times during the War of 1812.