There’s something so alluring about exploring abandoned places. If you’re someone who’s constantly seeking out their next chilling adventure, then you need to visit this creepy abandoned castle in Ontario. Getting here might be a trek, but it’s totally worth it. 

Located in the township of Ignace, Ont. this hidden gem has been around since the early 1900s. 

It was built single-handedly by Ontario resident James A. McOuat.

According to a blurb on the township’s website, McOuat was inspired to build his three-storey palace in the woods when he was just a child living in the Ottawa Valley. 

Someone said to him, “Ye’ll never do no good, ye’ll die in a shack.”

Well, it looks like he showed them. 

Today the abandoned site makes for the perfect creepy excursion in the summer. 

Getting to the castle will require you to take a floatplane or canoe where you’ll spot all kinds of gorgeous views of Northern Ontario. Including some spooky face carvings in the trees.

There are a few local lodges that offer guided tours of the area for a fee.

Alternatively, you can pick up a canoe route map for free at Tourist Information Centre and the Township Office.

As you can imagine, building a three-story log castle by yourself can be quite the labour of love. 

Ignace's website says that McOuat used a block and tackle method to put each log in place.

The property was finally completed in 1914, but unfortunately, McOuat died soon after in the fall of 1918.

His body wasn’t discovered until the following spring. His gravesite still remains at the castle today.

If you plan on visiting the site yourself, get ready for a serious hike. 

The entire portage and canoe trip ends up being roughly 40 kilometres. 

If you start your trip at Agimak Lake in Ignace, there are 15 portages that will lead you to White Otter Lake.

If every day is Halloween in your heart, you need to add this spot to your bucket list ASAP.

White Otter Castle

Price: Free

Address: Unorganized Kenora, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can visit a creepy abandoned castle on the water in Ontario.


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