Canadian folklore

Screaming Tunnel

An Ontario Ghost Story

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

There is a tunnel under the old railroad tracks just to the west of the Queen Elizabeth Way in Niagara Falls. It is known locally as the Screaming Tunnel. A path wanders through the tunnel and then up to an empty field on the hill. But the field was not always empty.

At one time, a large farm house stood in the field at the top of the hill, and in it lived a happy family. Then one night, the house caught fire. A young daughter was trapped in the house, and the only way to escape was through a wall of flames. The brave young girl covered her face with her arms and ran into the fiery doorway. Her long hair and her long nightgown began to smolder as she burst through the flames and rushed out of the house.

When the night air struck her smoldering clothing, it burst into flames, enveloping the girl in a raging inferno. The girl screamed in agony and ran blindly down the hill, away from the fire-stricken house. She staggered into the tunnel under the train tracks, her screams echoing and re-echoing through the night. Overcome by the flames, the girl fell to the floor of the tunnel, wailing in agony. She rolled frantically on the floor of the tunnel, trying to douse the flames, but her efforts were weak and ineffective. She was quickly overcome, and burned to death in the tunnel under the tracks.

After that night, anyone that dares strike a match in the tunnel under the tracks will hear the agonized death screams of the burning girl, and a ghostly wind will instantly blow out the match.

You can read more Canadian folktales and ghost stories in Spooky Canada by S.E. Schlosser.



This is a good story.I love this story.

not bad no bad

that was realy good i like it.

this site is so cool i cant wait to read the next one

Great story! CREEEEEEPY!

dont really understand the story???

Wow, I wanna see if that's true, lol.

It was absoloutly great i really wanna get the autograph of the author

poor little girl, and now i am starting to feel very scard....


Now this is scary !!!!

I've heard scarier..

thisis a mad story man i want to blow a match and c if its true hahahaha lol

aw poor little girl i have to say idk if i could b as brave as her she was probaly my age but good story

If this story is tru I wanna go 2 that tunnel and light a match lol!!!

Could be the greatest paper that I have read in my life :)


Great post! Maybe you could do a follow up to this topic :D

... lawlz if i had the gutz i wood light a match

i wouldn't want to light a match if it meant hearing those screams if the story really is true i wouldn't want to cause her anymore pain.

Sounds more like a local legend but there might be some truth behind it. Ghosts are barely "triggered" by a certain action, they're just hanging around. But is the story of the fire and the girl is true, she might haunt that tunnel and some people might have met her, with or without lighting a match.

Oh my gosh! i am not gonna be able to sleep tonight! this is the scariest story i've ever read!!!!


I'm from Niagara Falls and yeah the stories true. My dad was telling me him and some friends went to the tunnel when they were kids. The tunnel is pitch black and you cant see the exit from when you go in. His friend lit a match and it blew out instantly, and he heard the girls scream. BUT what is not included in this story is that he also heard a man's voice yelling. The other part to this story, the reason the fire started, was that a man had broken into the house while the family was sleeping, and set the house on fire, and followed the girl into the tunnel and set her on fire. The reason a "match" will instantly be blown out by wind in a windless tunnel is because the man who set the house on fire used a match to start the fire. I hope my input helped you guys learn more about the story.. I'm going there next weekend with my girl, shes totally up for it and I'm terrified!

i loved this story .its something i like it seems reall is it? well i think it is .it caught me i cant believe that happened to her

wow what an amazing story
i feel bad for the little girl
though .
such a sin for that to happen to
i believe in this because
i actually believe in ghost myself
hah wow great story (:

fricken scary!

You believe in ghosts? I kinda do, but not very much. Do yo u believe in zombies too?

I LOVED IT!!!!!!

this is my first time ever reading this and it gives me the chills just imagining her screams!!!

I live about 20 away from Niagara Falls. I should find out if its true and creep a few friends out with this story >:)

I dont think im ever gona light a match again...

ive heard it before but exept the
girl comes back in another form and can breath fire

wow! i feel sad for the little girl!!
i actually kinda wanna try lighting a match in that tunnel!
and when she was rolling on the trian tracks, i thought that a trian was gonna come or something..


This was kind of dark.... Very creepy.



i heard a story kinda like that but it wasnt the same plot. 3 workers were trying to fix a train track in a tunnel, wen the train was coming too fast, the workers couldent get out in time, in the tunnel there were these little cubbies to hide in as the train passed, and only one worker hid in a cubbie and got out alive.....

i loved it so good

great story it is very simular to screaming jenny

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Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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