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More Canadian Poltergeists

More Canadian Poltergeists Last Friday, I published an article on the Great Amherst Mystery- the story of Canada’s most famous poltergeist. As I mentioned in that article, poltergeist activity, according to spiritualists, is characterized by loud, inexplicable knocking sounds; the motion of household objects absent of some discernible force; and the

Ghosts of Ashcroft, BC

Ghosts of Ashcroft, BC If you’ve ever made the road trip from Vancouver to Prince George, British Columbia, chances are that you’ve driven through the village of Ashcroft, located about an hour west of Kamloops in one of the most arid regions in all of Canada.In addition to its 1,500 residents,

The Cursed Lighthouse of Bird Rock

The Cursed Lighthouse of Bird Rock Every day, freighters passing through the Cabot Strait- the waterway between Newfoundland and Cape Breton, which separates the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the greater Atlantic Ocean- float by a bleak, windswept isle known as Rocher aux Oiseaux, or Bird Rock. This five-acre islet is
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The Little Green Men of Steep Rock Lake

The Little Green Men of Steep Rock Lake Near the southern border of Northwestern Ontario, about three kilometres northwest of the tiny town of Atikokan, lies a body of water known as Steep Rock Lake. In 1950, this remote woodland retreat, nestled in the heart of what locals proudly refer to
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Captain Voss and the Voyage of the Tilikum

Captain Voss and the Voyage of the Tilikum “Tilikum” is the Chinook Jargon word for “friend” (Chinook Jargon being a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest). Many people most readily associate this word with “Tilly”, the late, controversial, man-eating captive orca which once performed tricks at Seaworld Orlando and Victoria’s

Legends of Cobourg’s Victoria Hall

Legends of Cobourg’s Victoria Hall If you drive fifty minutes south from Peterborough, Ontario, you’ll come to the lively little town of Cobourg. Despite its relatively small size (or perhaps because of it), this Canadian town on the northern shores of Lake Ontario has an exceptionally vibrant community, the members of
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Normally I do not post stories beyond a thousand words in length, but this one deserves to be highlighted.

Wartime Isolation – RCAF is the story of those hearty Canadians who manned the northern RADAR installations… as told by one of those men… Bill Lloyd.

The First Skyscrapers of Whitehorse.  It was ingenuity in old age.

Here is the story of the colorful Wigwam Harry

What is the real story of the path that the Rideau Canal follows from Kingston to Ottawa?

What  is: 680 feet underground; three stories tall; can house over 400 people, can stop an atomic bomb; and has two very long entry halls? Living Underground – The Story of the NORAD UGC

The Last to Die is the story of George Lawrence Price, a Canadian soldier who in 1918 died 2 minutes before the final cease fire.

The History of The Métis is more than just Louis Riel.

Let’s look at Canada’s First Hovercraft

There is a Mysterious lake in Prince Edward County – Lake on the Mountain.

Not to be outdone by the Federal Government, although we don’t have $28 million to spend, here is our: War of 1812 series:Proceed to the War of 1812 Index

War of 1812 Part 1:  The Lead Up

War of 1812 – Part 2:  Stoking the Fires – The Rise of Tecumseh

War of 1812 – Part 3:  The Fur Flies

War of 1812 – Part 4:  The Emergence of Sir Isaac Brock

War of 1812 – Part 5:  Chronology of the Action

War of 1812 – Part 6:  How Politics Sunk the Americans

War of 1812 – Part 7:  Who Won the War of 1812

Canada’s Joan of Arc – Laura Secord

HM Schooner Nancy

Sir Isaac Brock and the Duel

The Father of the Programmable Thermostat – Jerry Kathnelson. Another great Canadian invention.

Will the real Edward Cornwallis please stand up?  Is this anyway to treat the founder of Halifax? Jon Tattrie tackles the issue.

The Princess May goes high and dry … a lesson for those that cruise the western islands

Upper Canada’s Last Duel… love, hate and violence..

The Laird of McNab, a story of power gone to the head… of the Clan.

Check out the remarkable saga of the MV Ithaca, near Churchill, Manitoba.

Back in 1979, Steven Pile told us about Canada’s Worst Jury.

If you are aware of the Ross Rifle Scandal of World War I,  I wonder if you know about the McAdam Shield Shovel?

Did Canada Sanction the Hiroshima Bomb? Read about it here.

It is about time.  I put up the story of my good friend Alex Storm, Canada’s Most Prolific Shipwreck Hunter.  What’s six years between friends?

I am a member of a number of municipal organizations in Ottawa, including Friends of the Ottawa Archives and the City’s Arts Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee.  The city has built a new Archives building in the west end and it is great.  However there was, and is, a debate going on about the potential name of the structure.  My choice, and that of the two groups of which I am a member, was William Pitman Lett.  The mayor rejected this and proposed Charlotte Whitton instead.  However there has been a move afoot to brand Whitton as anti-Semitic and the mayor withdrew his support.Check out my response to this claim in Was Charlotte Anti-Semitic?

I recently have had a series of emails from a gentleman in the UK who takes exception to my story on Louis Riel.  His arguments, on the whole, were reasoned, even if his tone was not.  When I asked him to provide an article for this web site, he refused, essentially saying that I was biased and would not give his argument fair play.I want go on the record to say that Mysteries of Canada is not a vanity exercise by me.  It is a site DEDICATED to providing help for Canadians (and non-Canadians) to understand our rich history.  If you have something to contribute, do not be shy.  Just make sure that your contribution is based on fact and not fantasy.That being said, we have a new article for you by Barry Degenstien, author of The Pursuit of Louis Riel, entitled: Was the Métis Rebellion Unjustified?

What is the story behind the Lost Boys of Pickering?I wish we knew.