The Paddock in Toronto – Haunted Toronto Database

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Type: bar and restaurant, our case# B3230
Built: 1940s


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Cold Spot Paranormal Research™ was called out to investigate The Paddock in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We were the very first investigation team to ever conduct a paranormal investigation at this restaurant. We experienced the following oddities during our investigation:

An apparition was seen “poking” its head from the door next to the doorway leading to the kitchen

The apparition (mentioned above) was seen at the same time when we all heard strange prominent “rustling” type noises coming from the area that the apparition was seen.


An employee reported the following while inside the storage room: an apparition of a man, cold spots, and the feeling of not being alone

A thick, oppressive “gotta get out of here” feeling in the back storage room and back beer locker area

The bartender has reported glasses spontaneously hurling themselves off the mirrored glass shelves. He has also reported the feeling of somebody being in the room with him.


Some say the alleged hauntings are caused by the ghost of a “murdered gangster” who was rumoured to have been shot to death here. Other rumours say it is the ghost of a man who “hung” himself here. The manager told us that one of the men who were shot made it to the hospital and survived.

The Paddock Tavern originally opened for business in the 1940’s by Morris Fishman. He owned and trained thoroughbreds, some of which won Cups. Hence the name “The Paddock”. This bar and restaurant has a history of live jazz players from New York City; including Oscar Peterson and Alberta Hunter. It also drew a crowd of bookies and “gangster” types. The main floor bar had a downstairs component called The Saratoga Room, Blue Bonnets Room and the Little Saratoga Room.

WARNING: Do not trespass! Permission from the location owner must be granted to investigate this location!

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