There are a surprising amount of abandoned ghost towns in Ontario. Many of them became abandoned due to regular causes like losing their main resources or because the residents wanted to relocate to a more prosperous area nearby, but some of them have a darker history.
Balaclava, Ontario is one of those towns and it's said to be one of the creepiest places in the province to explore. The town was once thriving off of the lumber business and had many prominent landmarks like their water-powered sawmill, a hotel and a blacksmith shop. But the town was quickly abandoned in 1939 when a massive fire engulfed the town.
You can find the ghost town of Balaclava in Renfrew County which is a 4-hour drive from Toronto and just over 1 hour from Ottawa. Most of the town's buildings are run-down and abandoned like the infamous sawmill on the river. Anyone who wants to visit this town can explore the buildings if they dare!
We don't know for certain if ghosts roam the town but the creepy feel from this place definitely suggest that they do. It's been said that this is one of the eeriest ghost towns in all of Ontario so it's definitely worth a road trip to check it out for yourself!
You can walk through the town and explore the abandoned and half-burnt down sawmill on the river, walk along the empty main street and see the old churches and homes that used to be filled with the town's residents, and enter the creaking old town general store.
There's so much to see and explore in this creepy ghost town and you never know what you might run into here after dark!
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