Ontario Abandoned Places

Documenting Canada's Abandoned Structures

Winchester Mystery House

Ontario : Fort Erie
Location #10094

Location Owner:ground state
Creation Date: 2/3/2014
Last Updated: 7/12/2015

... the Ontario version, anyway. Not quite as grand and mysterious as the San Jose, California original, but what did you expect out Ridgeway?

Crazily, against all odds, this house has somehow escaped. It has stood right in the middle of the downtown core of Ridgeway, fully furnished, completely open to the elements, since the late 80s. It is truly amazing that, in a town with a population that barely broke 2000 just this year, local youth bored out of their skulls haven't totaled it. In 2013, a group of Ridgeway youth were even arrested for various arsons around town. And yet, by all indications, this decaying gem has never even been entered by vandals, explorers, or anyone else.

Making things even more mysterious (or perhaps having something to do with why it has been left virtually alone), the interior is filled with target shooting paraphernalia - empty shell casings wait in piles to be refilled. There are marksman trophies and even a handsome full-wall gun cabinet. This combined with a nicely accelerated level of decay make it surely the best location Ridgeway has to offer.

The challenge though, is finding it. The mystique of this location is how interesting it is that it remains JUST hidden enough to escape the casual comings and goings around it. Strictly speaking, if we cut off Crystal Beach to the south, the Ridgeway core is only a 0.8 km X 0.6 km rectangle with just two main streets running north and south. LOCATION IS NOT AT THE POSTED COORDINATES. The map marks the centre of town just so you can see how small the geographical area is. Surely that kind of area is worth the challenge? Explorers... work your magic!

Abandoned houses may be dangerous! Read the LEGAL DISCLAIMER.
Always obtain permission before entering someone else's property. To request this location be removed, Click Here.
Status: Demolished | Category: House or Farm

Apart at the seams...
Winchester Mystery House
Created on:7/12/2015
Created by: jimmyenduro
9 photos
May 2015
Winchester Mystery House
Created on:6/8/2015
Created by: Dave Summer
9 photos
Found It!
Winchester Mystery House
Created on:6/7/2015
Created by: Talker
14 photos
Skeet Skeet
Winchester Mystery House
Created on:2/3/2014
Created by: drunkenmunky420
34 photos

None listed

We do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of this information or for liability should you injure yourself.

Google Maps are only shown to logged in members.
Google Maps is no longer free.
Province: Ontario

Motleykiwi says:
6/12/2017 12:15:53 AM

This has been demolished.

teeko says:
2/5/2014 8:44:05 AM

I don't know how you keep finding these GS, but you never fail to impress.

timo explorer says:
2/4/2014 8:15:13 PM

Brilliant shots boys, well done.

f.o.s. says:
2/4/2014 11:17:43 AM

Terrific galleries guys!!

superss says:
2/4/2014 1:16:02 AM

Strange that a place like this could be virtually untouched.

drunkenmunky420 says:
2/3/2014 8:06:36 PM

No the furnace and water heater and breaker panel was in that first room so I don't think there was one.

ground state says:
2/3/2014 7:34:30 PM

DM do you remember seeing a basement door? I'm with you on the noise in photos. Mine had far too much as well. On a side note, I just learned I've made a critical error - using a tripod with image stabilization still turned on actually introduces noise and blur into photos. Huh!

drunkenmunky420 says:
2/3/2014 6:14:35 PM

a few shots are a little noisy but it was getting very dark and the photo's I got with the flash I didn't really like as much as the ones without, hope you all still enjoy and if not there is alway's GS's gallery ;)

Show All comments

On 6/12/2017 12:15:35 AM user Motleykiwi changed the following: security settings, location status, description
On 7/13/2015 9:56:21 PM user jimmyenduro deleted photo : USER MEET 2015 501_3_5_tonemapped.jpg /
On 7/12/2015 7:35:09 PM user jimmyenduro uploaded photos : USER MEET 2015 417_19_21_ / USER MEET 2015 427_29_31_ / USER MEET 2015 441_3_5_to / USER MEET 2015 471_3_5_to / USER MEET 2015 477_79_81_ / USER MEET 2015 495_7_9_to / USER MEET 2015 501_3_5_to / USER MEET 2015 513_5_7_fu / USER MEET 2015 531_3_5_fu / USER MEET 2015 549_51_53_ / to SID: 712201516317
On 7/12/2015 7:31:34 PM user jimmyenduro created gallery : Apart at the seams...
On 6/8/2015 5:55:45 PM user Dave Summer uploaded photos : 1.270.JPG / 2.245.JPG / 3.249.JPG / 4.254.JPG / 5.258.JPG / 6.259.JPG / 7.266.JPG / 8.262.JPG / 9.273.JPG / to SID: 682015145217
On 6/8/2015 5:52:26 PM user Dave Summer created gallery : May 2015
On 6/7/2015 1:45:44 PM user Talker uploaded photos : DSC_0225.JPG / DSC_0227.JPG / DSC_0228.JPG / DSC_0233.JPG / DSC_0235.JPG / DSC_0240.JPG / DSC_0241.JPG / DSC_0246.JPG / DSC_0248.JPG / DSC_0249.JPG / DSC_0252.JPG / DSC_0255.JPG / DSC_0260.JPG / DSC_0262.JPG / to SID: 67201510285
On 6/7/2015 1:28:13 PM user Talker created gallery : Found It!
On 5/30/2015 11:15:02 PM user OAP deleted gallery with SID : 232014134225
On 2/4/2014 10:18:40 PM user ground state changed the following: description
On 2/3/2014 8:05:06 PM user drunkenmunky420 deleted photos : 32.jpg /
On 2/3/2014 6:09:44 PM user drunkenmunky420 uploaded photos : 1.jpg / 2.jpg / 3.jpg / 4.jpg / 5.jpg / 6.jpg / 7.jpg / 8.jpg / 9.jpg / 10.jpg / 11.jpg / 12.jpg / 13.jpg / 14.jpg / 15.jpg / 16.jpg / 17.jpg / 18.jpg / 19.jpg / 20.jpg / 21.jpg / 22.jpg / 23.jpg / 24.jpg / 25.jpg / 26.jpg / 27.jpg / 28.jpg / 29.jpg / 30.jpg / 31.jpg / 32.jpg / 33.jpg / 34.jpg / 35.jpg / to SID: 23201414723
On 2/3/2014 5:28:07 PM user ground state changed the following: description
On 2/3/2014 5:19:46 PM user ground state changed the following: description