Haunted Toronto


236 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Bibliography
ISBN 0-88882-185-9
DDC 133.1'2'09713541





Reviewed by Chris Raible

Chris Raible is the author of Muddy York Mud: Scandal and Scurrility in
Upper Canada.


This 15th published gathering of the weird and wonderful by Canada’s
premier collector features 66 Toronto sites, geographically arranged by
section of the city, each with its own strange tale or other association
with the mysterious.

The items range from brief accounts of a strange sound or sight to
carefully crafted stories. Some of these yarns have been spun many times
(e.g., the spirit of stonecutter Ivan Reznikoff at University College,
the reported ghosts at Mackenzie House), while others (the strange
happenings at Osgoode Hall, the haunting of a St. Michael’s Hospital
ward) are new to this volume. The sites include both the famous
(Queen’s Park, the Hockey Hall of Fame) and the ordinary (a
Scarborough apartment, a Mississauga backyard). Casa Loma and an
Iroquois burial mound in Mt. Tabor park are listed because, to the
editor’s surprise, no apparitions have (yet) appeared there!
Occasionally, facts are askew (e.g., Toronto was named York after the
Duke of York, not the City of York). Sources are listed for all the
stories, most of which were previously published.


Colombo, John Robert., “Haunted Toronto,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 30, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/4958.