We have been on a very long hiatus – three years, at last count. Life was happening for the entire team; losses, moves, and life in general put us in a position where we had to suspend our paranormal work. We didn’t know if we would get back to it at some point, or if Wolf Paranormal was dead and gone for good. Thankfully, we are still alive – and we are now ready to get back in the saddle.

Because it’s been so long since we picked up our cameras and voice recorders, we decided a refresher investigation at a local cemetery would be a great way to dust off our equipment and our skills. On July 10, 2021, Holly, Paul, and Shae went to Mountainview Cemetery to do that. Here are our findings.

The wind was coming from the north-northwest, sometimes swinging over to come out of the east-southeast. It was a welcome and deeply appreciated gift after the intense heat of the day. Unfortunately, it was also an annoyance, as it hit the mics on the recorders and the video camera the entire time we were investigating. We tried to keep our backs to it to minimize the interference.

During the investigation, some new tools were introduced: the SB-7 spirit box, a phone app called “Necrophonic” that works like a spirit box but is much more clear, and a new video camera. We also used our EMF readers, voice recorders, and phone cameras for video and stills. The EMF readers registered no unusual spikes. Both the Necrophonic app and the SB-7 spirit box provided only minimal and very infrequent responses. Persistent and very loud wind noise across the mics on the recorders and the video camera denied all possibility of hearing any potential evp’s.

Conclusion

Paul captured something unusual while taking still photos with his phone camera. However, close examination of the possible anomaly is impossible. The photo is small, and enlarging it causes massive pixelation. Holly is returning to the cemetery to physically check out the area in question to determine whether the anomaly is genuine, or an optical illusion generated by the natural light and the angle at which the photo was taken.

Due to the extremely loud wind noise persistently blowing across the recorder and camera mics, our voices – along with any potential evp’s – were almost completely drowned out. Holly spent most of a day editing video to minimize or remove the worst of the wind noise, but after reviewing the finished product, the team unanimously agreed it’s a dud and should not be presented to the public. To prevent this from happening in the future, a search was done for filters that would minimize the worst of the wind. Fur wind screens [also called “dead cats”] were found and are expected to arrive in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, sponges will be used to cover the recorder and camera mics.

Overall, the investigation at Mountainview Cemetery got us back on our feet again after our long hiatus. It was nice to get together in person again, and we’re looking forward to investigating some new locations in the very near future.

William Lyon Mackenzie was elected Toronto’s first mayor in 1834, after the Toronto City Council was established – a role he held for just under a year. Mackenzie moved into the Bond Street home in 1859; after a failed rebellion in 1837 to overthrow British rule, Mackenzie was forced into exile in the US, where he lived until 1850. When he returned to Canada, he had no money or belongings to his name; in 1859, his friends and supporters came together to purchase Mackenzie House for William and his family. Mackenzie lived there until his death in 1861. His wife and daughters lived in the house for a further 10 years.

The ghost stories started back in the 1940s, when the house was being renovated to become a museum. Hearing footsteps creaking on the stairs, playing of the piano, and spirits standing over those who were sleeping are just a few of the tales. Although he was buried at Toronto Necropolis, many believe Mackenzie’s spirit returns to the house.

Bruce Beaton, a historical interpreter at Mackenzie House, adds that Mackenzie was also a journalist who owned and operated a newspaper called Colonial Advocate, and that the printing press has been known to start up by itself at night. He adds that in 1960, an Archdeacon was brought in to perform a blessing on the home in the hope of calming some of the restless energy. Beaton says the house was donated to the City of Toronto in 1960, and part of the bequest included a full inventory of everything in the house. At the bottom of the list were the words, “One ghost.”

Mackenzie House is open Tuesdays through Fridays between noon and 4pm, and noon to 5pm on weekends. To arrange a tour of this historic building, contact the Scotland Shop for available dates and times.

Have you visited the Mackenzie House? Did you have any unusual experiences while you were there? If so, drop us a line in the comments.

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