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Canada's most haunted

Canada's most haunted house


This is a second floor bedroom of Mackenzie House, the former home of Canadian revolutionary William Lyon Mackenzie. Mackenzie was the first mayor of Toronto, newspaper editor and later, leader of the failed 1837 Rebellion against the corrupt colonial British government of Upper Canada. Following exile in the US, he was later pardoned and returned to Toronto - although his followers didn't fare as well; being either hanged or shipped off to the Australian penal colonies. Mackenzie lived his final years in this home, dying here in 1861.


According to renowned Canadian author John Robert Colombo, Mackenzie House is "the most celebrated haunted house in Toronto and perhaps in all of Canada." The house receives similar billing in the books: Ontario Ghost Stories, The International Directory Of Haunted Places and Haunted Toronto.


Among the reported paranormal activities in this house over the years:


~ A woman with long hair and dressed in 19th century clothes seen moving through the halls and upstairs rooms. This female apparition is said to have physically struck one of the caretakers, leaving her with a black eye.


~ The kitchen rocking chair is known to start rocking on its own.


~ Strange sounds have been heard within the house, including footsteps going up the stairs and heavy booted footsteps across the floor.


~ The sound of somebody banging on the keys of the piano has been heard, as has the sound of someone playing the same piano.


~ During renovations, workers complained of having their tools and dropsheets moved at night.


More info at Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society


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Taken on October 31, 2008