Get in, loser, we’re going haunting. If you already can’t wait for Halloween season (some people call it fall) then we’ve got some adventure ideas for you. There are a number of abandoned ruins in Ontario that are equally beautiful and chilling and they’re sure to put you in a ghoul mood.

From creepy abandoned castles to shipwrecks and old mills, this province is full of eerily pretty ruins for you to explore.

If you’re willing to bust out the canoe, you can paddle your way to a creepy castle in the woods where the original owners’ grave can still be found. 

Or, for something a little less ambitious, you can visit the charming small town of Merrickville, where you’ll find the leftover crumbles of an old mill. 

In Williamstown, Ontario, you’ll feel tiny when you walk through the grand ruins of St Raphael's Catholic Church.

You can also wander through natural caves at Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve. And while these aren’t technically abandoned ruins, the spooky vibes are definitely still there.

So if you’re looking for road trip ideas to take with your BFF, these abandoned places are worth your attention.

Lime Kiln Trail

Price: Free

Address: 4897 Old Richmond Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located in Stony Swamp, you can find these abandoned limestone kilns hidden in the woods.


Spirit Rock Conservation Area

Price: Parking fees may apply

Address: Wiarton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This conservation area is a true bucket list item in Ontario. You can find historic ruins, a spiral staircase, and you'll have access to the famous Bruce Trail as well.


St. Raphael’s Ruins

Price: Free, donations accepted

Address: 19998 County Rd. 18, Williamstown, ON

Why You Need To Go: These gorgeous church ruins remain more intact than some and you'll feel tiny when you wander through them.


La Grande Hermine

Price: Free

Address: 2793 N. Service Rd., Jordan Harbour, ON

Why You Need To Go: When it comes to roadside attractions, this replica ship is one you'll want to pull over for.


Merrickville Ruins

Price: Free

Address: 306 Roadway St., Merrickville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Merrickville is a beautiful town to walk through and these ruins are no exception. The vine-covered stones are left behind from an old mill.


White Otter Castle

Price: Free

Address: Kenora, ON

Why You Need To Go: This spooky log castle is tough to get to, but it's worth the canoe trip, if you ask us. 


Nottawasaga Lookout

Price: $2 walk-in fee

Address: 9749 County Rd. 91, Duntroon, ON

Why You Need To Go: These moss-covered caves in Ontario will speak to your adventuring soul. The Bruce Trail also passes through here.

 


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