If you’re in or near Ontario, you’re in the right place to investigate ghosts.
In fact, you’re in the right place to investigate lots of weird and paranormal activity.
Here are some of my photos from the May 2010 G.H.O.S.T.S. Conference hosted by Margaret Byl and her team.
Individually, these photos might not impress you.
I’d agree. I’d look at them and say, “That’s okay, but not necessarily ghostly, and definitely not worth going out of my way to investigate.”
But… combined, and all of them at one site on one evening…?
For me, that’s unusual. Anomalous, in its own right.
Ghosts of Fort George / Fort Mississauga
Fort George – Here, I burned through four sets of camera batteries in a little over an hour, taking just 89 photos. This 1802 fort is known for apparitions and paranormal encounters.
Fort Mississauga – This 1814 fort was built to replace Fort George when the older fort was captured by U.S. forces in 1813.
I encountered residual energy in the basement, cold spots around the first floor, and noted considerable activity in the top floor/attic.
Outside, I saw two full apparitions, one in costume.
The photo above was taken after entering the fort, looking back towards the gate.
Those aren’t firework lights. Even our guide couldn’t explain what they were. I could tell they made him uneasy, but he did his best to keep smiling and continue with our tour.
Above, see the large orb is near a barn door. According to a few people on the tour, that door had opened and closed itself during an earlier visit.
However, these orbs may be dust reflections. The night was mostly calm, but the setting was dusty and breezes may have contributed.
Unlike the lights in my earlier photo, these glowing lights (left side of the photo, above) were probably fireworks.
Above, that’s a close-up of the largest orb in the previous photo. It’s one of the prettiest orbs I’ve ever photographed. Is it actually spectral? Hmm… maybe.
I’m not sure what that weird light is near the upper left corner of the photo.
It’s not fireworks. I took this photo at the back of the fort. The angle would be 180-degrees wrong.
It’s not another photographer’s flash, either. I’d lingered by myself to take last-minute photos. (Do what I say, not what I do; always keep a companion with you during investigations.)
Above, that’s a close-up of the strange, lighted area in the previous photo. Is is Native American…? I’m not sure that’s realistic, but it’s fun speculation, anyway.
In the next photo, the blur is not a camera strap or hair.
I have no idea what that misty area is.
It’s densest at the upper right corner, but seems to affect most of the right side of the picture. (The angle and consistency of it makes an insect unlikely, in addition to it being a chilly night.)
The next photo was taken at the white building (dorm?) near the entrance to the fort.
Here’s a close-up of that photo. Note where the circle is, and the odd image in the window.
And here’s an enlargement of that area. Unfortunately, between the age of the camera and the low-light conditions, it’s too grainy to be useful.
For me, it’s an “either you see it or you don’t” image, but what’s odd is that it extends beyond the pane of the glass, so I can’t explain it as a reflection or a smear on the window.
Do I take it seriously…? No. But, combined with all the other “maybe yes, maybe no” anomalies at the site, I can’t just shrug it off.
Whimsically, it reminds me of the alien entity inside the villain in the original Stargate movie.But it might be a simple reflection and pareidolia. (In my opinion, that excuse is used far too often by skeptical critics, but – in this example – it may fit.)
Link: Fort Mississauga (part of the Fort George National Historic Site)
Ghosts Near Fort George
The Prince of Wales Hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake was where I participated in an eerie seance that involved more active participants (on both sides) than expected. Spirits were named George, Ben, Cindy or Cynthia, and Mary Beth, plus an entity with a frog-like appearance.
This elegant Victorian hotel is a charming location for a good night’s sleep during your visit to the area. You can stay here without any worries about troublesome spirits.
However, it’s also a very powerful setting for seances, if (and only if) you choose to participate in one. This is not recommended for novices or anyone easily frightened. Spiritual protection is advised if you attempt a seance.
And, as usual, I strongly discourage use of Ouija boards at this location… or any other.
On the other hand, I definitely recommend this hotel.
Hotel link: Prince of Wales Hotel, Ontario
Remember, when you’re in Ontario, ghosts may be just around the corner!
Seance participants included: