Maria Da Silva is the co-author of Strange Events of Ontario. with Andrew Hind. Maria is a contributor to the Muskoka Sun and North Bay Sideroads. They live in Bradford, Ontario.
Ghosts of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Long-dead British soldiers, grieving lovers, an undead priest - Niagara-on-the-Lakeâ€™s long and colourful history is kept alive by ghosts of its past. Widely considered to be Canadaâ€™s most haunted community, the town has preserved much of its built heritage, thus providing perfect "haunts" for age-old spirits.
Through historical investigation and engrossing storytelling, the authors have detailed nearly two dozen ghosts. An ageless tavern is home to the spirit of a British officer slain in its basement, a gentlemanly ghost except when encountering Americans; a woman comes face-to-face with a hero from the past while working at one of the nationâ€™s most cherished historic landmarks; visitors to Queenston Heights are stalked by phantom soldiers.
Historical research is embedded in every tale in an attempt to establish the line between fact and fantasy. But numerous eyewitness accounts will draw the reader into these unusual and often unnerving stories.
Rich not only in the history of the Niagara region itself, but also in the tales of the paranormal and folklore that permeates the very air, Ghosts of Niagara-on-the-Lake, makes ghost-hunting, fun.
"These stories are well-written in plain language without an attempt to add mystery or unnecessary fantasy. The authors have added research and detailed historical information. The book will appeal to lovers of "supposed-to-be-true" ghost stories, history buffs, or those planning a trip to that part of our country and looking for local colour. This volume can be skimmed or read in depth. The historical information alone is well worth the read."
Andrew Hind is the co-authors of Strange Events of Ontario with Maria Da Silva. Andrew is a local history columnist and has written on history and travel for a number of regional and international publications.