Ghost stories excite us, give us the creeps and lead to questions about the unknown. Toronto has several ghost stories. Let's explore a few of them.
The Royal Ontario Museum's McLaughlin Planetarium is said to have a young girl that the staff has named Celeste hovering about. The planetarium closed in the late 1990's but could Celeste be the shadowy figure that tosses around toys in the children's section of the museum?
Ann Marie, a media spokesperson at the ROM had never heard of the story when I asked her about little Celeste. Maybe the child has wandered off to find more toys.
Employees are sometimes afraid to venture into the tunnel that connects the government building complex at Queen's Park it's been said. Some have reported seeing a woman hanging from the end of a rope in tattered clothing.
When I spoke to information staff about the stories I was told that there are four ghosts that have been seen. A male ghost has been reported in 19th century British military gear. He's the lone man on guard but there are three ladies hanging around. One lives on the third floor, another wanders the staircases and yet the third is the scary figure found in the basement tunnels.
The man I spoke with at Queen's Park said that they love giving tours. They can be contacted at 416-325-7500, just ask for Public Relations.
"I have to admit I haven't seen a ghost myself. i am more afraid of the bats that sometimes are in the hallways than of the ghosts," the staff member told me.
Black Creek Village showcases the city's past with historic homes and buildings. The staff, dressed in period clothing guides guests along the way. There are stories though that some of the thumps that visitors may hear in the attics are that of former residents.
I was delighted with some tales earlier this summer. Black Creek does a wonderful Halloween program every October that is well worth taking in.
Melanie Repetski is new to the park and admitted that she has yet to run into any ghostly figures, but "I have heard of stories."
One of the most talked about haunted houses in Toronto is Mackenzie House at 82 Bond Street. Janet, a spokesperson at the house told Digital Journal that while she has not run into a ghost herself the stories are very much part of the history of the house. Most of the stories come from the 1950's when live-in caretakers heard and saw what they believe was the ghost of Toronto's first mayor. In the 1960's the house was exorcised in an effort to cut down on vandalism. It appears that the exorcism worked Janet said.
"It's up to the individual though to decide. We welcome people to come and learn about Mr. Mackenzie. He was a fantasizing man."
There are many stories the The Keg Steakhouse & Bar - Mansion on Jarvis Street. They are coming in a feature in the very near future.