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Ghost tours explore Newmarket's haunted history and hunt for spirits at Old Town Hall

After hearing the spooky stories of Main Street, the event will end with a paranormal investigation at Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall

Calling all ghost hunters, you're invited to explore the paranormal side of downtown Newmarket. 

On Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 once the sun goes down, you can take a guided tour of historic Main Street, while hearing tales of suspicious events and haunting anecdotes going back to the late 1800s. 

Following the ghost tour, you will go to Old Town Hall to witness an actual paranormal investigation, led by Georgina Paranormal Society (GPS). 

Lynda Quirino, the founder, director and investigator at GPS, has investigated the Old Town Hall in Newmarket before. 

She has been leading the annual investigations since 2016 and said there is a lot of activity in the building, especially in the basement. 

According to local History Hound Richard MacLeod, a spirit that bangs and moans is said to inhabit the basement where formet holding cell was located. 

He said a figure of an old woman in period clothing holding a lantern has also been seen in the window above the Botsford Street entrance. 

Newmarket residents aged 18 and over who are feeling brave can register for the tour online

It costs $20 per person. 

Each night, there are two groups, one from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and another from 7:30 to 9 p.m. 

You are asked to meet at 460 Botsford St. 10 minutes before the tour to check in with town staff. 

Participants are required to complete a COVID-19 screening survey and must show proof that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the event in order to attend. They must also present ID that shows their full name and date of birth. 

You are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather as the ghost tours run rain or shine.


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