The Detroit River
From the burial grounds of native inhabitants to the wars of European settlers and ambitions of modern industrialists, the Detroit River has been instrumental to Windsor’s history. The strait that connects Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair has silently witnessed human suffering for centuries and our tour gathers on its banks to tell the stories of people who perished along the shore and in the fast-moving waters.
The Great Western Railroad
From the Great Pyramids to the Panama Canal, human suffering is always found in places where the force of progress wrestles the power of the natural world. The expansion of the southwestern railroad was crucial to the commercial and residential growth of Ontario and Michigan, but a great toll of human life was paid. Our tour visits the location of a particularly tragic and cruel episode in Windsor’s industrial history.
Hiram Walker Executive Office Building
The former global headquarters of a famous whisky empire is one of Windsor’s most haunted locations. Those who walked the Renaissance marble halls weren’t encouraged to share their ghostly encounters yet archival evidence matched with first-person experiences reveal how the dead often linger in the places of their untimely demise.
Willistead Manor is an architectural marvel constructed by whisky empire heir Edward Chandler Walker and his wife Mary. Despite the glamour of the mansion, the high society couple didn’t live within its luxurious walls for very long. Our tour meets the ghost of Mary Walker between the shadows of her former home and final resting place to hear her sad story.
“The Grave Digger”
Rob is the foremost expert on the ghost stories of Sandwich Town and has conducted walking tours of the old town for many years. Rob is one of the writers of “The Spirits of Windsor Tour” and as the “The Grave Digger” will guide you through some of our most disturbing stories.
Paul is an acclaimed actor, writer and director in Windsor’s theatre community and currently portrays the gangster-busting cop on “The Rum Runners Tour.” Paul’s “The Undertaker” will organize your tour experience with the steely calm of those who deal in the dead.
“The Lady in White”
Stephanie is a local actress who has performed a wide variety of roles in productions such as “The Birds” and “The God of Ecstasy.” As “The Lady in White,” Stephanie will share her knowledge of those who have perished in the Detroit River and along it’s haunted shores.
“The Black Widow”
Karen is a local storyteller and one of the writers of “The Spirits of Windsor Tour.” Karen is the author of “The Lady of the Manor,” a play about Mary Walker and as “The Black Widow” shares her knowledge of some of Windsor’s most famous inhabitants.
“The Ghost of Mary Walker”
Michelle is an award-winning actress of stage, screen and radio and has performed the role of “Bertha Thomas” on “The Rum Runners Tour” for eight years. As “The Ghost of Mary Walker,” Michelle will intrigue you with the true story of one of Windsor’s best-known citizens.