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It’s awesome they are including the Charles Camsell Hospital as one of the unsolved mysteries. Please check out the article and the blog itself.
Princess Mary Restaurant
Bedford Regency Hotel
James Bay Inn
In March 2006, Ben and I (Paranormal Rona) went to Victoria, B.C. for a vacation and a chance to check out all the haunted places it has.
We stayed in the Bedford Regency, for 2 nights in the suite that is purported to be haunted by a woman (a mobster’s girlfriend). I felt no presence of a woman there but did get an interesting picture in the sitting room of something… There definitely was a presence in the hallway, however. I constantly heard things going on, such as footsteps outside and someone near the door, and then when I would go to the door to look, nothing was there.
We took a walking ghost tour with historian and author John Adams, and also had the privilege of attending his Ghost Dinner on the Princess Mary boat turned into restaurant. We had some amazing luck with dowsing rods which went absolutely crazy in the kitchen area. Our one picture of the lady sitting at our table ended up revealing a man seated behind her, which was amazing because everyone was accounted for and no one was sitting back in that area.
We shared some of our ghost hunting experiences with the people at the dinner and displayed the gadgets and tools we use.
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia dominates Bastion Square in the heart of Old Town. Once the site of public hangings, the museum is open daily, and the ghost of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, the “hanging judge,” is often seen.
Rogers Chocolates at 913 Government Street in Old Town is a National Historic Site. It is also Victoria’s oldest, most famous and most haunted chocolate shop. The owners say look for the ghosts of Charles and Leah Rogers, the founders, who often slept in the kitchen of their old store and who reputedly never left. Great chocolate!
Old Morris Tobacconists, 1116 Government Street, is a heritage building that contains its original polished wood cabinets, onyx pillars and leaded glass entrance dome. It is haunted by the ghost of a former employee, who died suddenly in the upstairs workshop. His footsteps and the sound of cupboard doors opening and closing are often heard when no one is upstairs. It’s a wonderful shop and the owner and staff are very friendly. You can ask them questions about their ghost with whom they are very protective of. Ben bought me a beautiful Meerschaum pipe with a carved lion’s head and a mythological type body.
Bastion Square and Helmcken Alley in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town is the most haunted part of Victoria. Almost every building around the historic square has a ghost or two. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, located in the old Supreme Court building, is said to be the most haunted of them all due to the fact is was built on the site of the city’s first gallows and many of the men who were hanged still lie buried beneath its foundations. Helmcken Alley leads away from Bastion Square and has the reputation for being just as haunted.
On our tour, John led us to a back alley of a large building. I can’t remember the history of it now but when we took pictures, a weird hand shape appeared on a window. It looked like a hand, but upside down.
Market Square and Chinatown have many stories of ghosts and the supernatural. Their secret tunnels are probably only myths, but their hauntings are very real. Fan Tan Alley was unusual to walk through and it has quaint little shops to visit. It does give off the strange feelings of pirates who could have walked down these dark narrow alleyways. I was drawn to the window of an abandoned lobby and looking through it, I sensed a boy’s spirit playing around the fountain in the lobby. This was a window in an alley near the Fan Tan alley. I don’t know what building I was looking into from the back, but it looked like no one used it anymore.
Ghostly Walks with John Adams, explores the haunted alleys and courtyards of downtown Victoria. These popular 90-minute walks take place all year, with extra tours for the Ghosts of Victoria Festival. It’s a fun experience and John is one of the best Ghost/Historical tour guides in Canada, so don’t miss it! John is on Facebook and Twitter.
During the Summer season (May 1st – November 1st) Ghostly Walks take place every night starting from the Visitor Information Centre, 812 Wharf Street, Victoria
NOTE: The Princess Mary Ship is apparently no more. Very sad. We think it was disassembled many years ago.
(Cloudy, 16˚C) By Ben Myckan, Paranormal Explorers
We did an investigation at the Lac La Biche Mission on June 25, 2005 and experienced a few glitches during that time – a four camera system did not record for some strange reason, a small digital camera was lost and a $20 bill was lost – where there wasn’t any people around (just in case you’re thinking “hmm, really?” Yes, they take objects AND money).
The rectory, church and nunnery were the focus of our investigation. We did not check any other buildings on the site (schoolhouse, residence & main office, chicken coop) but did venture across the road from the Mission to a cemetery. Rona felt a room at the back of the church was used for clandestine affairs (could have been recent, not back in history). The nun’s bedroom on the 3rd floor of the nunnery where the children dormitory is had loads of dead flies and Rona was sensitive to activity in the area and had an impression of a small girl called Clara. But with the failed camera system we got nothing other than orbs and I think the sound recordings were mostly done in the rectory.
I did not have the infrared cameras at the time of that investigation so expect better results in future investigations. I personally didn’t spend much time in the rectory but others in the group did because Rona felt there was a young priest who was questioning coming to the mission and was having second thoughts about his vocation. He was “sorry he ever came to this god-forsaken place”.
Sexual confusion was also experienced among the male priests. The dining room was a negative and oppressive place to be. Women were not allowed in the rectory and Mission staff indicate feedback from female visitors touring the rectory get the feeling that they are not welcome there. More questions than answers were raised which can only be solved by further investigation.
We went back to the Mission on November 2nd, 2005 to shoot an episode with Creepy Canada. This time, we spent a lot of time in the rectory. Lac la Biche Mission is full of spirits, especially in the rectory where the priests resided. When we set up the infrared camera, immediately, orbs began traveling straight to us and the camera. We captured ectoplasm at least twice on camera. It wasn’t our breath, even though it was cool in the rectory. When we asked if the spirits could produce the ectoplasm again, some more appeared in front of the camera immediately.
NOTE: The Lac La Biche Rectory building was constructed in the early 1920’s and sadly, burned down in 2009.
A place that is haunted but the spirits are very mischievous and are always one room ahead or behind you. My favorite parts are the Ravens outside. Thor is the main guy and it is fun to watch him strut around as if he is in charge of the whole place. Makes you think he is a reincarnated King in a bird’s body.
Lots of tourists are at the Tower; unfortunately it makes it slightly difficult to pick up clear images of spirits in the buildings. I took quite a few pictures and we did capture some strange things. 2 of the pictures were taken by my sister Corey, who lives in London.
Highly recommended you visit this attraction if you are interested in history or ghosts!
Take a look at our pictures and see what you can find.
We had to go to Hampton Court to see where the famous Hampton Court ghost closed the open emergency doors in the famous video.
The Palace is a phenomenal structure and the gardens are absolutely out of this world. We were not allowed to take photos inside most parts of the palace. So unfortunately in the rooms where I had strong impressions, we could not record with a camera to see if we could capture phenomena unseen to the naked eye.
In the Queen’s State area my throat became constricted and I lost my voice for 5 minutes. There was an upset female soul who came through and was scared and repeating “You have to make him understand. He is wrong, I know.” Then near the end of the Queen’s area there was a threatening female spirit near the Queen’s bedchamber, hunched over saying “Get out of my house.”
There is a corridor outside the building that takes you to a washroom area. In that corridor (Lower Orangery) I was pulled toward this one window and had the impression of a distraught woman with the phrase “I didn’t know it would happen” repeating over and over again. She gazes out onto the courtyard, and is filled with massive amounts of guilt. That is probably what is keeping her here on earth.
If you notice in the gallery, the picture that shows Ben and Rona sitting in front of one of the doors leading out of part of the building, has tiny visible piece of uniform behind them. It is at a strange height and the photographer never saw anyone in the doorway or behind the couple.
If you ever go to Hampton Court, talk to Ian at the information desk and he will tell you all about the ghosts.
We went on the overnight Vaults Vigil held in the Blair Street Vaults in Edinburgh. As part of the first year of the Mary King’s Ghost Fest, we were privileged to have seen both the Blair Street Vaults and the Niddry Vault. The event was run by Mercat Tours and the two guides who helped facilitate our stay were Gary and Emma. They were very helpful, friendly and well-learned about the historical facts.
You can read some of the history of the vaults by going to the site www.mercattours.com.
First we walked through the Cowgate Close to see the Niddry Vault. I was busy taking pictures in the vault when I had a sharp blinding pain on the right side of my head and then an impression of a man who was bludgeoned to death in that particular area. I knew there was some energy around so I took lots of pictures and did capture an orb present with us in the vault. From there, Gary took us walking over to a non-descript building (meanwhile my head thankfully cleared up once we were outside) and entered into the most haunted Blair Street Vaults!
We were split into groups of six and really liked the group we were in. Three people in the group didn’t have equipment but they had eyes and ears and senses so they let us know when they heard or felt something. John and Mel, the friendly husband and wife couple from Edinburgh, were equipment-less but had a lot of things happening to them. In one room Mel kept having one of her arms go cold and numb on her. They could also smell different things like pipe smoke and a floral smell. I unfortunately can’t remember the other two ladies names in our group, but they were very patient and fast-learning ghost hunters. The one girl from Australia with a camera was getting some amazing orbs in her pictures.
All of the groups were able to explore each room in the vault and then we got to pick which one we wanted to do a vigil in. Some people in other groups were getting fantastic manifestation pictures. We were getting a little frustrated and jealous (just kidding). However, when you have a digital camera, you can’t always see everything that your camera has caught. So you have to learn patience as a ghost hunter and know that you will get something if you are open to it.
In one of the rooms I had an instant impression of a shirtless man in his early to mid-twenties dressed only in dark long pants. He had shoulder length sweaty hair and his face reminded me of the actor Robert Carlyle. He was very wiry and was a bare-knuckle fighter back in the early 1700’s. These were not ordinary boxing matches, they always fought to the death. This spirit was a very successful boxer, so all the gamblers coming to the vaults would bet on him. John, who laid down on his mat in this room, managed to get his forehead slapped by some entity.
I could not get any other clear impressions of people who had once lived down there as there were too many people in the vaults. The strange thing that happened to our group every time we moved to a different room in the vaults is the temperature would drop after the first 5-8 minutes we were in there. And it wasn’t our imagination, we took temperature readings every time, and the drops were sometimes up to a 10 degree difference. In one room, we started to see our breath after being in there for more than 10 minutes.
We were happy with the outcome of our vigil in the vaults after seeing the video footage and our pictures. Thanks to Mercat Tours, Gary and Emma, The Edinburgh Ghost Fest, and our four partners with us in the vault.
To find out more about the Edinburgh Ghost Fest, go here: edinburghghostfest.co.uk.
To find out more about the history behind the Edinburgh Vaults, check out this site: www.realmarykingsclose.com
In addition, Bite Me Magazine had an article on us in one of their issues.
The night before, we went on the Mercat Ghost Hunter Tour. It leaves the Royal Mile (you meet at the Mercat Cross) and winds through the sinister, dark ‘closes’ of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and into Greyfriar’s Graveyard. It then enters the permanently locked Covenanters Prison which contains the Black Mausoleum – site of the famous MacKenzie Poltergeist. We had a fun tour guide and never got to experience the poltergeist but had plenty of energy in the tomb. We captured a few pictures of orbs in the mausoleum. Unfortunately our tour started at 8:30 so it wasn’t very dark at the time. But we managed to have some darkness near the end that made conditions favourable.