When York was founded in 1793, the streets had very little pavement. The town was referred to as Muddy York until 1834, when it was renamed Toronto.


Readers interested in learning more about their city’s history — and hearing a few ghost stories while they’re at it — should join Richard Fiennes-Clinton, founder of Muddy York Walking Tours.


“We have two ghost tours,” says Fiennes-Clinton. One, the Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto, begins next Friday and runs every October evening at seven o’clock.


It’s “a two-hour walk from the Royal Ontario Museum, down past Queen’s Park, ending off around Dundas and Yonge.”

The other, the Ghosts of the University of Toronto, begins later each evening, at 10 p.m. Visitors are told the history of several noted buildings, and the ghosts that may be haunting them.

“It’s not like an amusement park where people jump out,” says Fiennes-Clinton. “It’s something you can bring kids to.”

Tickets are $10 per person and should be booked in advance.

“The last couple of days before Hallowe’en, we’ve already got groups of 50 and 75 people,” Fiennes-Clinton says.

For more information, call 416-487-9017, or visit muddyyorktours.com.