7 Creepy Ontario Ghost Towns You Can Visit That Will Scare The Life Out Of You
Explore if you dare.
October is upon us, which means Halloween is fast approaching. To get you excited for a month of spooks and scares, I've compiled a list of ghost towns you can visit in Ontario that are creepy enough to send shivers up your spine.
Though not all of them are haunted or have a dark history, their eerie emptiness and decaying conditions can be rather frightening:
Note: Make sure to get permission to explore these towns if necessary.
Balaclava that once thrived from a sawmill that was built in 1855. The shutdown of this mill and the construction of railroads that bypassed the town caused it to dwindle and eventually die out. Today, there may be one occupied house, but the rest of the remaining buildings have sagging roofs, rotting foundations and creaky windows.
Dartmoor is a town that can no longer be found in modern print maps. At one time, it was a thriving farming community that was equipped with a schoolhouse and a post office. Today, some of the old barns still stand, as well as a few original log cabins.
Duncrief was once a small milling hamlet that boasted a population of 100 and had a general store, blacksmith shops, flour mills, and a Methodist church and school. The town's demise resulted from a mill fire in 1895, and now all that remains are a few foundations and cabins.
Germania was a small village originally founded by German settlers due to the promising soil in the area. It gained around 200 residents at its height and had several facilities, including a school, post office and general store. It is now abandoned and is claimed by some to be haunted due to its notorious history of infanticide.
Lewisham was a small settlement founded in the late 1870s. Some say that original residents actually began to leave the town due to a series of murders. One popular story is that of Henry Edward, who was killed by a gunshot to the head and robbed of his hidden money.
Pakesley was once a location where the Canadian Pacific Railway made regular stops. At its height, it established several buildings, including boarding houses, a lumber mill and a series of offices. When the lumber mill closed, the town began to decline, and today it is abandoned. All that remains are the original homes and the schoolhouse.
St. John's West
St. John's West was an early mill town established in 1792. It is believed to be the site of the first iron furnace in Ontario, which was introduced by an industrialist in 1817. Canals and railroads that were built caused people to bypass the town, causing it to decline and eventually become abandoned. Today, some of the original buildings remain, including a one-room schoolhouse.