The Screaming Tunnel

The Screaming Tunnel

Located in the northwest corner of Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Canada, the legend says that if you stand in the center of this tunnel running underneath what once was the Grand Trunk Railway lines, and light a match, the match will go out. You will then hear the screams of the dying girl. It's one of the Top Haunted Roads in the world.

The tunnel is located just off Warner Road and is one of Niagara Falls’ most enduring legends. It's made of rough-cut stone and measures 16 feet high by 125 long. This is an imposing dark structure, and at night it transforms into a black portal that would create anxiety on any who disappear into the darkness, but why such fear, and why a wooden match? Such is its local notoriety that the Screaming Tunnel was used during the filming of David Cronenberg’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone. The location was used as the place where Christopher Walken’s character sought temporary refuge.

This small limestone tunnel runs under the railway tracks that link Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City. The legend begins with a young girl that met an unfortunate fate. There are a few versions of the story, but each one agrees that that she lived in a farmhouse on the south side of the tunnel. One night her house caught fire, and she fled the building with her clothes ablaze. She reached the tunnel before she fell to the ground, and that is where she perished. Other tales say she was set on fire deliberately by her raging father, or that she was raped and burnt in the tunnel to hide evidence.