Thorold (Niagara Falls), Ontario | Addresses - Warner Road - MAP


Remotely located and one of the creepiest places you can visit at night

The legend of the old train tunnel in Thorold (Niagara Falls) has been a right-of-passage for Niagara youth for over a century. Those who brave it at night, holding up one wooden match to face the angry little girl will instantly become cool.

This imposing structure at night transforms into a portal so anxiety inducing for the bravest soul who’d dare disappear into its darkness. But why such fear… and why a wooden match?

The Legend of the Screaming Tunnel

The far end of the tunnel leads into a pathway through woods. Along this path once existed a very small cluster of homes. A close knit community all around separated on two sides of a hill.

Everyone knew everyone else’s business including the distraught couple with an alcoholic dad, an abused wife and their daughter.

After getting too violent with her, the wife filed for divorce. Leaving him while the husband was drunk, on this night she told him it was over and went to take the daughter and leave.

This sent the husband into a rage. That was his daughter, a possession to show off the normal life he for which he wished. If he couldn’t have the girl, neither could his ungrateful wife.

He pried the daughter away from his wife as he swung his fist around knocking the scared woman down. The daughter ran, out of the house and into the dark tunnel to hide.

Crouched down, she heard her father’s steps approach until his breathing was just above in the darkness. A snap and cold liquid poured down on her before the darkness lit up around a small match falling to the ground.

The daughter was burned alive inside that tunnel, screaming out. Today it’s those screams which give the tunnel its name, a reminder of such tragedy.

They say, if you walk into the Screaming Tunnel at night and light a wooden match. The spirit of the daughter’s fear will cause her to reach out, screaming, as a gust of wind blows through extinguishing the fire.

Our personal experience - -
We visited the tunnel for prior events. During a Niagara Haunted Bus Trip, we put the legend to test. Daniel of The Ghost Walks stood in the middle of the tunnel and took out a wooden match. A group of about 10 people waited as struck it along the box and a flame shot out.

A high-pitched squeal came from above as wind blew through the tunnel. The flame did not blow out as the noise faded.

No, not the little girl. It was a passing train going along on the tracks overtop the tunnel.

Don’t be discouraged - -
Don’t let our disappointing experience deter you.

The little girl of the Screaming Tunnel remains one of the most disturbing legends in all of Canada inside the creepiest place around. Respect this, even though we have alternate historical evidence…

The Real History of the Screaming Tunnel?

This was provided to The Ghost Walks years ago by a local Niagara historian.

He had the opportunity to talk with a woman who was only living person to once call the tunnel’s village home. She knew many details about the houses once gathered in this confined area.

She then told the historian about a wife who lived in one of those houses, not liked by her neighbours and known for acting deranged.

“We talked about her”, she said, her hand over her mouth.

She said the wife fought with her husband all the time.

“And every time, the wife calmly walk out of her house, over to the tunnel and disappeared inside.

“The first time it happened, we were all scared. After a while it became normal. She, I swear this to be true, walked to the middle and would scream at the top of her lungs.”

They believed the wife wanted everyone to feel her anger. To know her husband was impossible.

After a while the residents started calling it the “Screaming Tunnel” in honor of this woman.


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The Screaming Tunnel, Thorold, Niagara, Ontario, Canada