Haunted Mountain returns for 2013 Halloween season!

To celebrate Montreal’s festive, yet creepy 2013 Hallowe’en season, the spine-tingling Haunted Mountain Walking Tour is back! Several dates are being offered to the public, for the first time private tours are available, and a new website has been launched at www.hauntedmountain.com !


Public Dates:

The Haunted Mountain tour is open to the public on the following dates:

Friday, October 25, 8 pm

Sunday, October 27, 2 pm

Sunday, October 27, 8 pm

The tour is in English and starts at Barfly (4062 Saint-Laurent Boulevard).

Tickets will be on sale 1 hour before the tour at Barfly.

The tour is 90 minutes and finishes at the Pine & Peel intersection (a 15 minute walk back to Barfly).

Please wear appropriate shoes or boots for the mountain pathways. Flashlights are optional.

The tour costs $20.00 per person.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve or book a spot, please visit the Haunted Montreal website.

Private Tours & Media inquiries: Please contact Donovan King at optatif@gmail.com or 514-842-1467 to obtain more information or to inquire about rates and availability.



This Hallowe’en season, horror-experts Donovan King, Karen Spilak and Ashley Saul are pleased to offer Haunted Mountain, a spooky lantern-lit walking tour up the slopes of Mount Royal. Beginning on the Plateau at the rumoured-to-be-haunted Barfly, the ramble visits various haunted sites on the mountain, including several locations where ghosts have actually been sighted.

Infringement Festival - Haunted Moutain Tour.

photo by Patrick Alonso

Theatrical guides will regale guests with ghost stories, mysteries and legends about Mount Royal, including haunted hospitals, abandoned castles, cemeteries teeming with undead spirits, and all sorts of paranormal activities on the mountain.

Visitors will learn about the place of Mount Royal in Montreal’s history and lore, including the legend of the cross, the ghost of l’Esplanade Street, the child-victims of the Alan Memorial Institute’s brainwashing experiments, and the tragic tale of Jack McLean and the Haunted Funicular.

Guests will also visit Simon McTavish’s forgotten tomb, recently disturbed by archaeologists digging into the mountain where his earthly remains lie. The angry fur baron’s ghost is known to terrify people – by tobogganing at high speeds down the slopes of the mountain – in his own coffin!

Created by a team of Montreal professionals, including actors, historians, and teachers, Haunted Mountain aims to satisfy a taste for local history, spine-tingling ghost stories and an unforgettable ramble on the slopes of Mount Royal!

 McTavish from Nips Daimon


“Spilak and King are truly masters of their craft. They effectively blend thorough research with entertaining delivery to offer a very worthy storytelling experience.”

– Bianca David, Forget the Box


“King, historian/actor/activist on the city preservation scene, is an authority on ghosts…”

–   Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette


“Haunted Mountain is a street theatre production that revels in the history of Montreal’s ghosts. It is hosted by Donovan King and Karen Spylake, complete with black formal and facepaint, who take the patron on a walking tour up Mount Royal in the evening with a lantern as the night falls…A magical enactment of Montreal’s history, up on the winding paths in the woods of Mount Royal at night.”

–   Rebecca Anne Banks, Tea and Tympani Records


“I will mention that King’s graphic description of McTavish’s dead body almost made me puke. Impressive.”

– Bianca David, Forget the Box


“As someone with a fair amount of experience and taste for the performing arts I can tell you that [Donovan] is a superior actor and brought what could have been a generic tour to something far from average. He was captivating, engaging, believable, and above all very spooky.”

– Kila B., Tripadvisor.ca

Haunted Mountain 2012 Gazette



Forget the Box. “Haunted Mountain delivers the creep factor” by Bianca David. June 22, 2013.

CKUT Radio. Wednesday Morning After. Hallowee’n interview with Donovan King. October 31, 2012, 8:06 am.

Rover Arts. “Nightmare on rue Principal” by Donovan King. October 31, 2012.

CBC Radio. All in a Weekend Montreal. Sonali Karnick interviews Donovan King about Haunted Mountain. October 28, 2012, 8:45 am.

Montreal Gazette.”Bill Brownstein’s Halloween: Montreal is a great place to be in haunting season. Donovan King and Karen Spilak lead tours to prove no other city has a ghost of a chance of dethroning Montreal as spookiest”. October 26, 2012.

CJAD Radio. Interview with Donovan King about Haunted Mountain. October 26, 2012, 2:30 pm.

The Suburban, article by Mike Cohen. Page 31. “The scene…” October 24, 2012.

West End Times article. “Haunted Mountain tour to spook Montrealers.” October 19, 2012.

Forget the Box article by Jason C. McLean. “Rediscovering Culture: Montreal Infringement’s Opening Weekend.” June 19, 2012.

Tea at Tympani Lane Records blog by Rebecca Anne Banks. “Optative Theatrical Laboratories: Haunted Mountain”. June 17, 2012.

Jane’s Walk. Urban Ecology Centre. “Montreal Walks: Haunted Mountain”. May 1, 2012.

Openfile Blog by Sarah Leavitt. “Have a Happy Halloween in Montreal”. October 31, 2011.

West End Times by Stuart Nulman. “Just in time for Hallowe’en for those who like a little mystery with their history”, pages 22 – 24. October 29, 2011.

Preview on Forget the Box by Jason C. McLean. “It’s Close to Midnight in Montreal: 2011 Halloween Preview”. October 29, 2011.

Radio interview on CJAD with Barry Morgan. “Ghosts on the Mountain!” October 25, 2011.

Article in The Montreal Gazette. “Ghostly tour not for faint of heart”. Marianne Ackerman. October 14, 2011.

Radio interview on CJAD with Barry Morgan. “Do you believe in ghosts?” October 11, 2011.

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