The Haunted Emma's Back Porch, Burlington, Ontario-Canada

Official Ghost Site for Emma's Back Porch

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It's Legendary...We made it Ghostly Famous!

Emma's Back Porch Restaurant and Water Street Cooker

Our home for Burlington Ghost Walks and Burlington Ghost Researchers is Famous Emma's Back Porch.Celebrating 20 years.Emma's opened April 6th, 1992. and Water Street Cooker, 2084 Old Lakeshore Road, Burlington. We also do ghost seminars, media interviews and speaker events here. Emma's and Water Street Cooker is open 7 days a week for your dining pleasure. After dinner, take a stroll on one of our Historical Ghost Tours as advertised- featured in Burlington Lesiure Guide, Burlington and Ontario Tourism, Toronto Star, The Sun and Globe and Mail newspapers.

The original Emma's pictured in photo above in the 1900's was known as the Estaminet Restaurant. Emma Byrens and her husband George started the restaurant in 1910. In 1943 Emma Byrens celebrated her 70th birthday at the Estaminet. Emma ran the well known establishment until it was sold. It has since changed hands several times up until 1992 when it became known as Emma's Back Porch Restaurant. This is the longest running restaurant in Ontario.

The full story of Emmas is told on our tour including all the ghostly goings on at the restaurant, downstairs cellars, upstairs where the haunted mirrors are int he Water Street Cooker.

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Featured on CTV and Discovery Channel's CREEPY CANADA TV Show

Author Terry Boyle and Researcher Patrick Cross shown here from the very first Perry Sound Conference, May 2002 have researched and told the story on Emma's Back Porch as seen on the Creepy Canada TV Series, Episode #4

Famous Emma's Back Porch is the first stop on our Burlington Ghost Walks


Featured on SPACE IMAGINATION STATION-Ghost Hunter's Series

These are the actual photos taken in the basement of Emma's where we all witnessed with the Space camera crew ghost orbs, cold spots, temperature changes, seeing images and hearing voices, objects being moved, the ghost children of little Sarah and Robert playing down the basement and inside the restaurant.You might even see Emma herslf appear on the original staircase or the conceirge butler by the front entrance of the Water Street Cooker welcoming you to the Estaminet, meaning Bistro-Cafe as it was called in it's popular days.

The "Ghost Investigation Team" on the Ghost Hunter's TV Series

Notice a ghostly face of a woman appears with a 1920's style hat in the top left corner of this photo below

Kailin, owner of Emma's Restaurant confirms ghost activity in the restaraunt and the ghost of Emma is here.

Patrick Cross led a Ghost Investigation at Emma's Back Porch with Space Imagination Station in July, 2001 which was videotaped and broadcast all summer long and into the fall on the Space Road Odyssey, 2001 - "Ghost Hunter's Series". Accompanying Patrick with the investigation was Psychics Michele and Kim from Hamilton and Psychic Researcher, Carolyn Bassell from Burlington Ghost Walks.

-Emma's Back Porch, in basement with purple ghost "orb" above camera's filming with Space 2001 Road Odyssey. Do you see a face in the top left corner of a woman smiling wearing a bonnet?(first photo above)
Kissed by a Ghost? Ghost orb appears almost on Patrick's face as if Emma herslf is kissing Patrick in this rare photo captured a ghost orb surrounding Patrick Cross-Director of Burlington Ghost Walks. This area by and around the stairs is very active with ghosts and the ghost of Emma Byron who is known to appear on the top of the landing looking down at all who walk up the stairs to her dining room. Emma has appeared as a ghostly figure all in black just as she did when she was alive.

A Space Imagination Station World Premier - Ghosthunting Show was broadcast March 2003 CITY TV Feature.

*Featured on CREEPY CANADA Series - CTV Travel, Discovery Channel and OLN Network. This is episode 4 of 6 episodes. Hosted by Rob McConnell-The X-Zone Radio Show and Terry Boyle-Author of "Haunted Ontario" Books.

Located in the kitchen, this is the ghostly salad spinner (red bucket)that has many times started spinning on its own, even though staff would need 2 hands to turn it and start it up.

Many staff and visitors have seen and experienced ghostly things including faces appear in Emma's and especially down in the basement where the family of Emma's ghosts usually are. One person, Jeremy Jones-worked at Emma's 2 years ago and said he saw faces appear on the freezer doors, looking all frozen. He also said windows would get fogged up with a misty breath on the windows, even though no one else was around. Very Creepy!

Ghost Walks meet at the front Veranda at Emma's Back Porch, downtown Burlington and run from August to November. *Do not call Emma's Back Porch since we are the only ones selling tickets and tour information email:

Patrick being interviewed by well known Ghost Author, Terry Boyle, for a chapter in Terry's Book Released Marilyn of the French River-available at, Indigo and Chapters. Terry is known for his ghost books, Haunted Ontario 1 and 2. Terry was also interviewed on Patrick's "Ghosts Among Us Radio Show" broadcast on Night Search Radio Network USA, 2002

Some of the "ghost hunters" that came to the Ghost Tour at Emma's, Halloween Night, October 31st, 2001. Notice the white ghost "orb" around the woman on far right, Laurel Haber, is the great grandaughter of Emma Byrons!

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Copyright Official Burlington Ghost Walks 2001-2018. No un-authorized reproduction without written permission. History information courtesy of Emma's Back Porch-Owners and Management. Ghost Investigations, Ghost Research, Stories, History and all Ghost Photos by Patrick Cross. Book information supplied by Terry Boyle's book-Marilyn At French River and Laurel Haber. Media and News Articles by Burlington Post, Toronto Star, Terry Boyle-Author, CHCH TV, CTV Travel, Space TV-City TV, BT-City TV, Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator copyright 2002-2017.If any information from this website is used, please give proper credit: Patrick Cross-Burlington Ghost Walks 2018