Take Us To Gettysburg
Far too many times, we get people asking us to take them on an "orb shoot" to some place and the spot that gets the most attention and requests seems to be Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Now, I realize that this spot (as far as battlefields go,) is ripe with ghostly legends and with more than it's fair share of phenomena that all sounds VERY interesting and yes, I would LOVE to go but I might remind the people that ask this that Canada also has it’s haunted battlefields and especially Upper Canada (modern Ontario,) is ripe with places you can visit and snap pictures in.
To sate the appetite of those wishing not only the battlefield, but the cemetery urge, may I recommend a trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario to Lundy's Lane battlefield. Just like "Cemetery Ridge" in Gettysburg, some of the fiercest fighting took place on this hill where a burial ground was located. The hill is now known as Drummond Hill for Sir Gordon Drummond who was the commander and chief administrator in Upper Canada at the conclusion of the War of 1812 and the ranking British officer at the battle. His artillery was positioned here and it was the main thrust of the American's to capture it. A see-saw battle ensued littering the hill with dead of both sides.
This hill, which is still a cemetery near Drummond Memorial Church, was one of the bloodiest spots in Canada during the conflict. There is also (as an added "bonus",) a ghost story involving three ghostly red-coated soldiers seen marching past the homes near the church.
Queenston Heights and it's huge monument to Sir Isaac Brock is another battle ground/burial ground in Niagara. Buried at the monument is Brock and his aide de camp, John MacDonnell who were both killed in the battle. Not as big a cemetery but an impressive view and an impressive monument. What's interesting is the sheer number of units of all types that fought and died on this cliff. Well worth the photo trip.
The bloodiest (and haunted to boot,) battlefield in Upper Canada is Fort Erie in Niagara. An interesting spot with a varied and interesting history but the English attempt to siege the fort and force the occupying American's out caused much bloodshed and was (by all accounts,) a gruesome and horrible affair. We will have a page devoted to the site available shortly.
Recently being deemed a historic site and another bloody field filled with the dead of both sides of the War of 1812 is Chippawa between the falls and Niagara on the Lake. On our last drive by, graves were still being marked off by archaeologists and the site was still awaiting an official opening but it will be a grand spot for battlefield ghost photography in Canada when it's ready. Keep in mind, not just a few years back, this battlefield was slated to become a subdivision!
Of course, there's Fort George in Niagara on the Lake, which saw it's fair share of death and destruction (also see our soon-to-come story about the Angel Inn,) and is a well known "haunt" and Fort York in Toronto, which is also haunted. We are also starting to hear some stories from Fort Wellington in Prescott and The Battlefield House and Museum in Stoney Creek.
In essence, why go to the U.S. to get your chance to take pictures of possible ghosts on a battlefield when Upper Canada offers so many close to home that have as deep and sad a place in history as any.
If you do go and your film has an anomaly on development, please contact us and we will be happy to have a look and display the image on our site. Why not take a tape recorder to see what comes out on these fields and forts? Maybe you'll get a possible EVP of someone more directly involved in Canada.
If you do go to these sites, check the TGHRS, ParaResearchers, & PSICAN sites out first as we will keep our eyes open for ghost tours and trips that are offered for people to explore and investigate the history and the spirits of Canada's battlefields.