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Guided Spirit Walks at Victoria Lawn Cemetery 

Guided Spirit Walks

About the Walks

Explore St. Catharines' past through the stories and experiences of the city's most famous - and infamous - residents in these guided spirit walks through one of the city's oldest and largest cemeteries, Victoria Lawn Cemetery.

The Victoria Lawn Cemetery Guided Spirit Walks are produced by the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre and are a part of the legacy of Niagara-area projects funded by the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada grants. The Guided Spirit Walks take audiences on an evening walk through the cemetery where actors, portraying historic St. Catharines characters, appear to share their part in the history of St. Catharines.

2016 Guided Spirit Walks - Stories from the Home Front

2016 dates: September 9, 10, 16 and 17

Discover stories from the home front and the experiences of St. Catharines residents during the Great War in this year's Spirit Walks, which will focus on the middle years of the First World War.

2016 Guided Spirit Walks Auditions

Join our cast! Auditions are being held June 20-24, by appointment only. Actors should prepare a short, 1 minute monologue and be prepared for a cold read from a script. Please contact the Museum at 905.984.8880 or via email for more information or to book an appointment.

2015 Guided Spirit Walks - Our Canal, Our Community

Spirit Walks Cast Photo 2016 in Victoria Lawn CemeteryOur 2015 walks will focus on the tragedies, successes and sacrifices made by thousands of workers during the building of the four Welland Canals in "Our Canal, Our Community."

Performances: Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19 - 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m.

The 2015 tour features stories from the construction of the Welland Ship Canal/Fourth Welland Canal between 1913 and 1932. This year's tour includes the following historic personalities:

High Constable Richard E. Boyle, Merritton.
World Famous Temperance Lecturer Lillian Phelps
Edward Gardiner, Canal Surveyor and Engineer
Various fallen canal workers including 15 yr old Antonio Collini.

Cast, in order of appearance:

  • Roslin Chen
  • Kayla Cowie
  • Kate O'Melia
  • Deborah Hawkins
  • Darlene Erskine
  • Des Corran
  • Nicholas MacLaurin
  • Irene Romagnoli
  • Melanie Newman
  • Fiona Madill
  • Armand Romagnoli
  • Brenda Schultz
  • Ian Ashman
  • Brett Greening
  • Jordan Kripp
  • Victor Packard

2014 Guided Spirit Walks - Doing Our Bit: The Great War

Cast of the 2014 Guided Spirit Walks

"Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteer actors and event assistants. We could not have done it without you!"

2013 Guided Spirit Walks - Second Canal Era

2013 Spirit Walks cast photo

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteer actors and behind-the-scenes crew for their hard work, dedication and many a rainy evening spent at Victoria Lawn.

2013 Spirit Walk scene

2012 Guided Spirit Walks - War of 1812

 2012 Spirit Walk scene


2012 Spirit Walks crowd

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