When one thinks of Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition, memories of bright lights, cotton candy, the rush of people, and the excitement of rides spring to mind. But when the lights go down and the people head home, the fairground takes on a life of its own. The grounds and buildings of the CNE are so richly steeped in history that they are a magnificent storehouse of energy.
This area has been in continuous use since before the 18th century, starting with Fort Rouille in 1750 and Fort York in 1793. From murders to accidents, it is no surprise that Exhibition Place is haunted. There are many reasons for spirits to dwell in that site, but it may be the joy and excitement that tempts them to linger. That’s the true spirit of the Canadian National Exhibition.
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Richard and Michelle checking the tombstones
Another fascinating place is the old Military Cemetery across from the CNE grounds. We speculate that this site is so haunted because of a great injustice. A major battlefield in 1813 where many died defending the town of York and yet never recognized as a resting place for many fallen soldiers. In 1864 an official grave yard was established where a marker was installed, there is no mention of those who died previously on these grounds.
Tombstones at Cemetery
Trees at the cemetery
A strange fog on a clear night briefly passes the row of tombstones. The fog was not seen at the time of the photo.
Another image not noticed at the time the photo was taken is this glowing mist in the trees which some have speculated as a person walking with a horse.
CNE Princes Gates
We were invited by the Manager of Archives and Records to investigate the many ghosts of the CNE grounds. Our investigations turned into a thirteen month adventure taking us through the many buildings situated on the old Garrison commons grounds. A place where one of the bloodiest battles of the 1812 war was fought (1813 the taking of York).
The team trying to make contact
This is where Paul through the use of EVP discovered a haunting by an old midway clown who was roaming the General Services building. Its a terrifying thought at what something like that would look like.