It seems the luxurious
Hotel was "cursed" from the very beginning. During its construction, laborers
several were maimed from construction accidents and one fell
to his death while helping place the cornerstone at the top of the building.
Finally, in 1895, the Goucher Hotel opened its doors at the corner of North
Fourth & Clark Streets in
Built, owned and operated by local financier, Mr.
Samuel B. Goucher, the hotel had many amenities of convenience
consistent with what luxury hotels offered,
including fine dining, entertainment and dancing in the elegant
A variety of shops, open in the storefronts on street level, offered
giftware, clothing, tailoring and other
products and services.
A barbershop provided haircuts, 'close shaves', minor
surgery and bloodletting; a popular practice of the era.
Toronto Bank, owned and
operated by Samuel's brother Charles, was located in the lower level on N.
Fourth Street .
It wasn't long after the Grand Opening of the Goucher Hotel when tragedy struck
the building once again. Six guests, a bellhop,
Mr. Goucher's wife Anna and his
beloved 8-year old daughter were killed when the elevator transporting them to
on the top floor crashed to the basement as a result of the cables
snapping. A devastated Samuel Goucher immediately shut
down his luxury hotel
where he locked himself in becoming a recluse for the next 46 years.
Throughout the remainder of his life, Mr. Goucher devoted his time in renovating
his hotel into an eternal home for the spirits
of those who lost their lives in
the elevator and construction accidents. During this time, the only hotel
Mr. Goucher welcomed were the circus performers who came to Toronto
once a year
"because they amuse me", he reportedly told his brother Charles.
Unfortunately, even the circus performers were not exempt from the 'curse' of
the Goucher Hotel. During one performance in Toronto ,a fire spread through
the big top killing several of the clowns who were trapped in the fiery
Many have encountered these spirits roaming the hallways of the
Goucher Hotel, a place they will be bound to
for all eternity, for they never
were able to officially check out.
As he lay on his death bed in his private hotel suite, Mr. Goucher reportedly
took his final breath and whispered to his brother Charles,
"I will NEVER leave
my home". It is rumored that Charles visited the dark hotel nightly to visit
his dead brother and family.
It's not uncommon for Goucher Hotel visitors to witness
firsthand the secrets that hide behind these
old walls. Some
spirits will show themselves to you. Others will interact using sounds and
Mr. Goucher's haunted hotel is open every Friday and Saturday night in
October. A ghastly good time awaits you from 7:00 pm till ?
The spirits also want
you to know that the Goucher Haunted Hotel is open for Behind The
Screams tours every Sunday in
October from 2 to 4 p.m. for the younger fresh souls and their 'less than
Check in if you dare. Check out alive....if you can! The spirits are waiting
* Proceeds from ticket sales benefit WTOV 9 and
Toronto Kiwanis Coats For Kids Campaign,
children receive warm winter coats.