There are dozens of stories about supernatural beings lurking in unusual parts of downtown Toronto. On the premise that one could capture a ghost's face via Snapchat lenses, two reporters set out to explore supposedly-haunted parts of Toronto to see if any of the stories held weight.

The Royal York

It was a chilly afternoon and the sun was still shining when we met up to start the selfie journey. We started with one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in Toronto, The Royal York, which exudes decadence and beauty.

Gabby: The Royal York, our first stop on the list. We go in. Supposedly, on the eighth floor of the dormitory tower there's a ghost. He's a middle-aged man with grey hair, lurking around the hallways in a smoking jacket (quite stylish). So we asked staff where the dormitory tower was and they had no clue. As it turns out, it's actually not a thing. Anyways, my memory is we got there and looked around all over the eighth floor, which was not only very large but very confusing. We did not feel a thing whilst going through the entirety of the eighth floor. Unfortunately, no silver fox ghost.

Charlie: Right, and the ghost tour mentioned that you would have the sensation that you were being watched and that someone was following you. This was not something we experienced.

149 College St. [The Stewart Building]

It was a weekday morning, warmer than usual for a Toronto autumn. Very few people were in the building at the time, an old building with a kind of sterile feeling.

Charlie: I actually went yesterday. This building is the main hub for University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Before that, it was the Toronto Athletic Club, the police headquarters and was part of two other colleges before it came into our university's hands. According to the guide, an OCAD student who was working night shifts felt like he was being watched and was touched by a "disembodied hand." The guide itself said the Stewart Building basement was really big and that there was a "creepy vibe." I did not feel a creepy vibe. I was very surprised at the ease with which I got in when I went into that basement, and when I poked around the Stewart Building, it was not that creepy. However, this is probably because of how early I was there.

High Park

To get to High Park, we walked from the end of the 505 to get to Parkside Dr., a route that at night was slightly spooky. Despite some lights attached to the fountains at the entrance, High Park was completely dark on this cold night.

Gabby: That was an interesting experience. Personally, I was scared out of my mind.

Charlie: I did not sense anything. I did hear rustling of leaves but that could very easily be attributed to wildlife.

Gabby: Another thing to note was that it was pitch black and I don't know if it was my mind playing tricks on me or the supernatural, but you could see stuff!

Charlie: Did you see stuff?

Gabby: Yes, I honestly thought I saw someone in the bush. I heard a noise, and then I ran out screaming. Regardless of [whether] the noise and sight was a ghost or a person, I was still scared for my life.

Charlie: So you saw something and I did not.

Gabby: Yes.

Conclusion

Charlie: Do you think that there are ghosts in High Park?

Gabby: If there is any park that would have ghosts, it would be High Park. And I honestly got the creepiest vibes from High Park. Just in general.

Charlie: I did get the most sense of a vibe at High Park. If I felt something, I felt it there. Otherwise, Toronto is not as haunted as it seems.

Gabby: Or [at least] as much as this so-called guide says it is.

There are dozens of stories about supernatural beings lurking in unusual parts of downtown Toronto. On the premise that one could capture a ghost’s face via Snapchat lenses, two reporters set out to explore supposedly-haunted parts of Toronto to see if any of the stories held weight.

 

The Royal York

 

It was a chilly afternoon and the sun was still shining when we met up to start the selfie journey. We started with one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in Toronto, The Royal York, which exudes decadence and beauty.

 

Gabby: The Royal York, our first stop on the list. We go in. Supposedly, on the eighth floor of the dormitory tower there’s a ghost. He’s a middle-aged man with grey hair, lurking around the hallways in a smoking jacket (quite stylish). So we asked staff where the dormitory tower was and they had no clue. As it turns out, it’s actually not a thing. Anyways, my memory is we got there and looked around all over the eighth floor, which was not only very large but very confusing. We did not feel a thing whilst going through the entirety of the eighth floor. Unfortunately, no silver fox ghost.

 

Charlie: Right, and the ghost tour mentioned that you would have the sensation that you were being watched and that someone was following you. This was not something we experienced.

 

149 College St. [The Stewart Building]

 

It was a weekday morning, warmer than usual for a Toronto autumn. Very few people were in the building at the time, an old building with a kind of sterile feeling.

 

Charlie: I actually went yesterday. This building is the main hub for University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Before that, it was the Toronto Athletic Club, the police headquarters and was part of two other colleges before it came into our university’s hands. According to the guide, an OCAD student who was working night shifts felt like he was being watched and was touched by a “disembodied hand.” The guide itself said the Stewart Building basement was really big and that there was a “creepy vibe.” I did not feel a creepy vibe. I was very surprised at the ease with which I got in when I went into that basement, and when I poked around the Stewart Building, it was not that creepy. However, this is probably because of how early I was there.

 

High Park

 

To get to High Park, we walked from the end of the 505 to get to Parkside Dr., a route that at night was slightly spooky. Despite some lights attached to the fountains at the entrance, High Park was completely dark on this cold night.  

 

Gabby: That was an interesting experience. Personally, I was scared out of my mind.

 

Charlie: I did not sense anything. I did hear rustling of leaves but that could very easily be attributed to wildlife.

 

Gabby: Another thing to note was that it was pitch black and I don’t know if it was my mind playing tricks on me or the supernatural, but you could see stuff!

 

Charlie: Did you see stuff?

 

Gabby: Yes, I honestly thought I saw someone in the bush. I heard a noise, and then I ran out screaming. Regardless of [whether] the noise and sight was a ghost or a person, I was still scared for my life.

 

Charlie: So you saw something and I did not.

 

Gabby: Yes.

 
 

Conclusion

 

Charlie: Do you think that there are ghosts in High Park?

 

Gabby: If there is any park that would have ghosts, it would be High Park. And I honestly got the creepiest vibes from High Park. Just in general.

 

Charlie: I did get the most sense of a vibe at High Park. If I felt something, I felt it there. Otherwise, Toronto is not as haunted as it seems.

 

Gabby: Or [at least] as much as this so-called guide says it is.


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