Campark Resorts: Niagara’s Haunted History
The Niagara Region is well known for its haunted history, dating back hundreds of years to the Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812. Local residents of Niagara Falls often tell stories of ghostly soldiers wandering through parks and cemeteries late at night. Campark Resorts on Lundy’s Lane takes it one step further by putting on a full production of scares for customers each October when it morphs into HAUNT MANOR offering a hayride and haunted houses full of surprises.
“October is downtime for us and we really wanted to offer something extra for our campers and even the local residents. We didn’t imagine how well it would be received,” said Phil Van Kleef, who came up with the concept.
Now going into its 5th season, Haunt Manor is a main attraction in the fall for the Niagara Region. With over 20 experienced actors, a 25-minute hayride and over 5 haunted houses, there is definitely something for everyone. “Everyone who goes through comes out exhilarated they made it through. We want people to have a good time, we really amp up the theatrics” he said. Adding, “The main house was built in 1796 and survived through the War of 1812. There is definitely history here, even ghost sightings. We have had several ghost chasers here filming during the years. This is what really makes us unique in terms of other haunted attractions.”
And what do the campers at Campark Resorts think of it? “Oh, they love it! We have customers start calling in August to book during the event. Even the campers that roll up without any knowledge of what’s going on are pleasantly surprised! The attractions are not right in the way of camping, so there is that separation element in case it is not something they are into.”
Campark Resorts opens its doors for Haunt Manor Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the last weekend of September. Campark Resorts is also open year round for camping. For more information check out www.campark.com and www.hauntmanor.com.