Ghostly Walks

Behind Victoria’s old-world charm lie tales of eccentric characters, heroic deeds, intrigue, love, humour, hangings, murder… and GHOSTS!

Essential Information


November 2 to April, 2016:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm (Except Dec 25)
Extra tours Dec. 26-31 at 7:30pm


From November 2 Ghostly Walks start in front of the Visitor Information Centre at 812 Wharf Street. The Visitor Information Centre is directly across from the Empress Hotel.


Adults: $15
Seniors (65+): $13
Students: $13
Children (6-11): $8

Family Special: $35
(up to 2 adults and their children under 16)

Purchase tickets directly from the guides in cash starting 15 minutes before each tour.


All prices include GST.


About Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks are 90 minute walking tours conducted every night from May 1 to October 31 and on weekends through the rest of the year. During the tour, expect to hear great storytelling as we guide you through the streets and alleys of Victoria, a ghost-hunter’s paradise.

We have collected more than five hundred tales of ghostly encounters in Victoria and in our thorough researches we have uncovered the sordid truth behind many of the City’s most gruesome crimes and tragic accidents. On our tours, we weave together the ghosts and the stories behind them, bringing Victoria’s dark history to life.

Ghostly Walks have been developed by John Adams, one of Victoria’s foremost historians and storytellers. John has been leading tours of Victoria since 1970. He has appeared on a number of TV series including Ghosts & Ghoulies and  OLN’s Creepy Canada. The tours are conducted by John and his team of expert guides.

Ghostly Walks are guaranteed to be spell-binding, entertaining, memorable, and most of all … spine-tingling!


9 Scary Routes to Choose From

Halloween Route (October 16th-31st at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm)

Every year, we select a dozen or so of our favourite ghostly tales and create a special Halloween route which we unveil in October. The Halloween route is different each year and we always include new stories. Most Ghostly Walks start from the Visitor Info Centre but our 2015 Halloween route starts from the main gates of Market Square, 560 Johnson St.

Red Light District & Chinatown (Fridays at 7:30pm, except during Halloween)

Starts at the Visitor Information Centre with tales of native spirits along the shore of Victoria Harbour, passes behind the spooky old Customs House and along the Wharf Street docks. Visit Bastion Square, then head up to Johnson Street, the heart of Victoria’s old red light district which has plenty of ghost stories, including the famous Belle Adams and Charlie Kincaid. We finish with the story of Chung, the Chinese boy who cut off the head of his girlfriend.

Old Town & Bastion Square (Saturdays at 7:30pm during the Winter, every night at 9:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Info Centre with stories of disturbed native burial grounds along the shore of Victoria Harbour, passes the Empress Hotel with a stop on Kanaka Row for a story about a nasty Hawaiian ghost, includes stories about Roger’s Chocolates and a paranormal pub. Travels through the infamous Helmcken Alley before finishing in a haunted room in Bastion Square for tales of Victoria’s public hangings.

St. Anne’s & Beacon Hill Park (Saturdays at 7:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads to the grounds of the Fairmont Empress for the sad tale of Lizzie McGrath. After the story of the haunted pocket watch at the Royal BC Museum, we head past Dr. Helmcken’s old house – one of the most paranormally active buildings in the city. Into the gardens at St. Anne’s Academy, Victoria’s haunted convent for tales of ghostly nuns. We finish just inside Beacon Hill Park with a well-known doppelganger.

Church Hill & Old Burying Ground (Sundays at 7:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads along Humboldt Street, narrowly avoiding the vengeful ghost of Kanaka Joe. Passes the Chateau Victoria Hotel, once the site of an old house owned by Victoria Jane and her pet parrot. Up Church Hill to the steps of Christ Church Cathedral for a ghostly duellist. Finishes in the Old Burying Ground which was re-landscaped by the City many years ago and dubbed “Pioneer Square” – only they did not remove the bodies…..

Parliament & Gatsby Mansion (Mondays at 7:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Info Centre, passes the Fairmont Empress Hotel, then heads behind the massive stone Parliament Buildings. The ghost of architect Francis Rattenbury stalks its corridors and statues of many famous people who have come back as ghosts line its outside walls. It finishes at the Gatsby Mansion, the haunted former home of the Pendray family whose paint factory stood on the Indian burial ground at nearby Laurel Point.

Royal Theatre & St Andrew’s Cathedral (Tuesdays at 7:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads East along old Kanaka Row. We will tell of tunnels at the old Union Club and spirits at the Strathcona Hotel, before reaching the famously haunted Royal Theatre. From the Royal we head along Blanshard St, stopping by St. Andrew’s Cathedral for tales of a ghostly Bishop and an assassination on the steps. Finishes on View St. with an intriguing Titanic connection.

James Bay & Bent Mast (Wednesdays at 7:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads south past the Empress Hotel. Goes behind the Royal BC Museum to the site of the haunted cherry tree, past the old house haunted by Sir James Douglas’s youngest daughter, then into Victoria’s oldest heritage residential neighbourhood. Included on the route are stories about an exorcism on Heather Street, the James Bay Inn where famous artist Emily Carr died, a fortune teller and her crystal ball. Finishes at The Bent Mast, one of Victoria’s most haunted pubs.

Trounce Alley and Broad Street (Thursdays at 7:30pm during the Summer)

Starts at the Visitor Information Centre and heads North for a grisly explanation of why the elevator at the Yarrows building is haunted. Into Trounce Alley for a little-known Victoria connection to the gruesome Joe Nuana case. Continues along Broad St. for the tale of a murdered madam and her ghost.  We will point out the site of Victoria’s first Cemetery and tell a tale or two about the old Plaza Hotel before finishing near Centennial Square.



Private Tours

Private walks with our professional and entertaining guides can be booked at any time. We work with groups of all sizes. Whether you are organising an activity for hundreds of conference delegates or arranging a ghostly get-away for two, we would love to share our stories with you.

Our tours usually last 1.5 hours but can be shorter (or longer) depending on your needs. Please get in touch to confirm prices and availability.

Du nouveau à Victoria :  Les Visites Fantômes en français!

La compagnie qui présente déjà les Ghostly Walks et les visites historiques, DISCOVER
THE PAST, vous offre maintenant différents produits en français.  
Débutant le samedi 3 octobre, et ceci tous les premiers samedis du mois, joignez-vous à
Marie-Hélène Bourret, pour une visite guidée de 90 minutes, au centre-ville de Victoria,
alors qu’elle vous racontera des histoires de meurtres, d’exécutions et….. de fantômes.

Aucune réservation nécessaire.

Départ :  au centre d’information touristique, 812 Wharf Street

Heure :  19h30 (arrivez une quinzaine de minutes à l’avance)

Tarif :  $15 pour les adultes, $13 pour les étudiants et les aînés.

            Tarif familial (2 adultes et leurs enfants de moins de 16 ans ) :  $35

Dates 2015:  3 Octobre, 7 Novembre, 5 Décembre 2

Special Programs

Ghostly Walks EXTREME

Ghostly Walks EXTREME

Starting well after night-fall, Ghostly Walks EXTREME tours are full of gruesome surprises. We’ll begin at a secret location and explore the most haunted spots in downtown Victoria. 

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Dinner Ghosts Program

Ghosts of Victoria Festival

The Ghosts of Victoria Festival is an annual event featuring spooky activities throughout the city. The events are separately conducted by many groups at different locations.

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Ghost Bus Tours Program

Ghost Bus-Tours

Victoria’s original Ghost Bus-tours coach excursions past Victoria’s most haunted places since 1994. With a new route every year, Ghost Bus-Tours take place in October.

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Dinner Ghosts

Dinner Ghosts

Each year, Dinner Ghosts selects a few of Victoria’s haunted eateries for a unique evening of ghostly lore and paranormal presentations. Available for private parties as well.

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Founded by a Family of Storytellers

Ghostly Walks

Chris Adams

Historical raconteur and member of the Victoria Storytellers’ Guild, Chris delights in sharing tales of Victoria’s colourful past.

Ghostly Walks

John Adams

One of Victoria’s foremost historians, John has been leading tours through the haunted places of Victoria since 1970. 

Discovery for students of all ages.

School ToursStudents feel our passion for history and story-telling. From spine-tingling ghost tours to in-depth cultural adventures in Chinatown or a custom tailored program, we offer a wide range of school tours to suit all needs.

We are happy to work with students of all ages – from preschool to post-grad.

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