Winnipeg has a long and rich history of paranormal fame.
At the height of spiritualism in post-First World War Canada, carried over from a popular Victorian diversion of attempting to communicate with the dead, T.G. Hamilton, owner of Hamilton House — still standing in the Elmwood area — hosted seances and captured photographs of alleged ectoplasm.
This inexplicably active portal to the other side, conveniently based in Winnipeg, brought followers from all over the country to experience the phenomenon. Even former prime minister William Lyon MacKenzie King and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame participated in the ectoplasmic playground of Hamilton House.
In celebration of our haunted city, author and ghost enthusiast Matthew Komus developed Winnipeg Ghost Walk tours for the brave souls who wish to learn more of the history of Winnipeg and its residents who are no longer viable to be claimed on the census.
For the entire month of October, Winnipeg Ghost Walk will be hosting tours starting in the Exchange District every Thursday through Saturday starting at 7 p.m. in Old Market Square. At $15 a ticket, this activity has lots of bang for students’ buck.
The walking tour highlights stories of the paranormal from Old Market Square to Pantages Playhouse Theatre to the Burton Cummings Theatre.
Tickets for the Ghost Walk can be purchased on site, but with a 25-person tour capacity, online is your best bet to guarantee a night of spooks.
This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress for the weather and bring snacks. Who knows, maybe a ghost will ask for a bite of your granola bar.
For our city’s beloved cyclists, Winnipeg Ghost Walk and Bike Winnipeg are pairing up to host a Pedal Powered Ghost Tour on Oct. 16 through the Seven Oaks area, complete with visiting Seven Oaks House, whose claim to fame is being the oldest haunted house in Winnipeg — though, whether oldest necessarily means haunted is for the tour group to determine.
With the cycling tour notably on Oscar Wilde’s birthday, if Hamilton’s portal to the spirit realm remains open, perhaps the famous playwright will pay a visit.
The Pedal Powered Ghost Tour starts at 7:30 p.m. and also costs $15.
While on tour, you can pick up your own copy of the Haunted Winnipeg: Ghost Stories from the Heart of the Continent from your tour guide. Written by Komus, the book gives a detailed overview of the city’s most infamous hauntings.
Winnipeg Ghost Walk is a great opportunity for horror genre lovers, ghost enthusiasts and amateur ghost hunters to get to know the city’s rich past of paranormal activity.
Information and tickets for the Winnipeg Ghost Walk tour and Pedal Powered Ghost Tour can be found at winnipegghostwalk.com