Oban Inn | Niagara-on-the-Lake | Canada

Oban Inn Address – – 160 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada – MAP

History of the Oban Inn

Before the original Oban Inn was built in the 1800’s, this was a private residence of Captain Duncan Milloy.  He captained the final steamboat to be launched in Niagara, confusingly named “The city of Toronto”.  It was still making runs long after railway transport had taken business from the waters.

Malloy died in 1871 and the house transferred to his son, Captain Bill Milloy.

Bill foresaw the budding tourism of Niagara, and in 1895 turned his family home into a hotel eventually to be called The Oban Inn.

Steamer ship "Chief Justice Robinson" - - first to be sailed by Duncan Malloy of the Oban Inn
Steamer ship “Chief Justice Robinson” – – first to be sailed by Duncan Malloy of the Oban Inn

Duncan comes back – –
A unique ghostly legend comes from the original Oban.  As the former Captain Bill Malloy was getting used to being a hotel manager, it’s said his father’s ghost was already making appearances.

Said the methodical Duncan came back to communicate with his son, to tell Bill what a terrible job he was doing.

Oban Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

The Fire – –
On Christmas Eve in 1992, the original Oban Inn suffered a devastating fire.  A replica building was constructed at the same location.

Same location, same rooms… same ghosts?


Guests hear footsteps from the third floor.  Familiar heavy footfalls happen often, same speed and step, back and forth from one of the empty rooms.  They run up to find it’s still empty.

Workers think this is Captain Duncan nervously pacing.

Photography is important for any landmark in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  The Oban Inn is no different because after many Ghost Walks, guests have taken the short walk to the Oban for pictures.

Many orbs, some faces and even a figure has been captured through the windows.  Mostly on the third floor windows, where Captain Duncan still stresses over his methodical tasks.

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