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Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

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Take a spooky stroll through Downtown Ottawa on this guided haunted walking tour. Experience the darker side of Canada’s capital and hear tales of the city's haunted heritage as told by a professional storyteller. Hear the hair-raising stories and see the area’s most haunted sites. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
  • Experience a haunted walking tour of Ottawa
  • Learn about and visit the city’s most haunted places
  • Follow a local storyteller guide through the streets of Ottawa
  • Choice of departure times to suit your schedule
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46 Sparks St. , 46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada

Tour departs from Haunted Walks ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in Downtown Ottawa

This activity will end right where it started.
This haunted walking tour through the streets of Ottawa will surprise, amaze, and delight. Hear the tales of an eerie past while visiting some of city’s oldest sites. The tour departs from the Haunted Walks ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in Downtown Ottawa.

Follow an expert storyteller guide through the town to discover Ottawa in a completely different way than the regular tours — in search of its haunted places where a lesser-known history is uncovered.

See the Fairmont Château Laurier, a historic landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa, and discover its grim connection to the Titanic. Learn why the Rideau Canal is purported to be haunted by the thousand workers who died during its construction and visit the city’s oldest building, the Commissariat Building Bytown Museum, a small museum in Ottawa located on the lower locks of the canal at the Ottawa River. Also, see Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa’s infamous haunted high school, and more.
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Haunted Walk of Ottawa
This tour departs from the Haunted Walks ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in Downtown Ottawa.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rideau Canal National Historic Site
The 90-minute storytelling adventure will surprise, amaze, and delight even the most skeptical in the group. Along the way, hear a number of stories. Find out about the tragic connection between the Titanic and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier; why the Rideau Canal (a Unesco World Heritage Site) is believed to be haunted by 1,000 workers who died during the construction; and Ottawa's infamously haunted high school. Also, learn about a Canadian solider who was saved from certain death by the intervention of a deceased family member. And discover why Ottawa's oldest building seems to be its most haunted. The tour ends where it began, with souvenirs and refreshments available for purchase.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible — if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Haunted Walks Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Its great
, May 2022
It was super fun, its like a history tour but with something Different and interesting to know, super recomended!
A unique and cool way to explore the city!
, Apr. 2022
We had a blast and Eddie was such an amazing orator. Such a cool experience, especially when it got dark. Highly recommend!
Sara was very detailed, enjoy hearing history of sites in Ottawa
, Nov. 2021
Learning about Ottawa, first visit since a kid. Worth the time and walking through at night helps set the mood
Great tour!
, Nov. 2021
Great tour of downtown area and canal. Saw parts of the city that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The stories were interesting and the guide was an excellent story teller. She was also knowledgeable, personable and nice.
Booking bad. Tour was good
, Oct. 2021
Booking with Viator was a nightmare😕 Took over 45 minutes to get it straight. Internet then two phone calls.
Great walk
, Oct. 2021
It was an interesting walk through Ottawa. We did it with three teenagers and we come to the conclusion it's better to see Ottawa at night then during the day. Less
, Oct. 2021
The stories were great! Believable for sure! We had taken the canal cruise also and a couple of the stories were related. Our guide was great!
Ghosts of the downtown
, Sep. 2021
really great guide. Enjoyed the ghost stories that were very well told. My grandson put on his ghostbuster costume to help with the ghost had we needed it. A lot of history in downtown Ottawa
, Sep. 2021
It was very fun. A very good way to discover the city with a spooky Side. We had fun and the guide was amazing
Very interesting
, Sep. 2021
Lots of good local history. Chrissy was a great tour guide and story teller. Worth the time when you visit Ottawa.
The ghost stories were...
, Sep. 2021
The ghost stories were very interesting and my kids really enjoyed them. The places that we stopped along the way added a bit of spooky to the experience and the kids loved it!
Fun experience.
, Aug. 2021
It was great experience. The story teller was very friendly and interactive with the group. I’d absolutely recommend doing this tour.
Disappointed Tour
, Aug. 2021
Boring tour.. stories and walk uneventful.. had a great haunted tour in Kingston and was hoping this would be the same. But this tour lacks any excitement of a haunted tour 😢
1 traveller found this review helpful
5 Star fun
, Aug. 2021
Excellent experience! First time on a haunted walk and had fun thanks to Laura a captivating storyteller.
, Jul. 2021
We liked the way the guide was very knowledgeable and she didn't miss a beat, even when distracted by passersby.. Great job..
Fantastic Haunted Walk!
, Nov. 2019
My husband and I decided on this walk last minute while visiting Ottawa. We had such a great time! The guide was fun and interacted well with all of the group members. I would highly recommend this tour!
Fun and entertaining
Doris d
, Oct. 2019
We have never been to Ottawa and we thought this is a fun way to learn the city's haunted history. Monica was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk.
Amazing Walk!
, Aug. 2019
Really fun, interesting, well told! My teenage daughter even enjoyed it and she doesn’t believe in ghosts! I recommend it and look forward to the jail walking tour.
Haunted Walk of Ottawa
, Jul. 2019
As someone who enjoys history, I found it very informative. I knew some of the history but it never hurts to gain more knowledge. I was glad we had a perfect evening as I couldn't imagine doing it in either sweltering heat or rain. Our guide was very knowledgeable and often waited for us stragglers (me in particular) to continue on our journey. It was a very nice way to entertain our visitors, who currently live in Prague but were originally from England and Canada.
1 traveller found this review helpful
Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Elizabeth M
, May 2019
Loved this walking tour. The guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant and fun. Lots of historic facts and ghost stories.

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