Fox and Scully are back! After 13 long years, Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) have returned in Season 10 of X-Files!
For those unfamiliar with the hit 1990s-2000s science fiction show, X-Files portrayed the paranormal cases Fox and Scully investigated in search of "The Truth" , which is about what happened to Fox's sister when he was twelve years old (possible spoiler: aliens might be involved).
With X-Files' Season 10 finally premiering, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to present five events in Canadian history that have some "paranormal" elements to them. It would be interesting to see if the current six-part series covers any of these locations, but if they don't, I'm sure the truth is still out there.
1. Nightmarish Nahanni National Park
What the heck is going on in Nahanni National Park?
I covered this location in my "Instagramming Canada – Northwest Territories" article and discussed the weird events that have been taking place there. When I wrote that article, I got all my information from "MysteriousUniverse.org", a not-exactly-legitimate website. I was questionable about adding it to my blog since the facts were flaky, but it was a great story so I did anyway. A few months later I discover there's been an addition to the Wikipedia page that discusses the mysteries around the park with a link to a very legitimate website: the official Parks Canada website, which validated the majority of the claims.
The story goes like this: in pre-European days, the aboriginals in the area tell a story of a tribe called the "Naha" that lived in the park. The tribes around the park were terrified of the Naha people as they would raid nearby settlements, decapitate the people living there, and then vanish back into the mountains. This happened for centuries until suddenly it stopped. Nobody knows what happened to the Naha people, with many believing they were just myth.
In the 1700s, Europeans arrived in the area and began setting up trading posts. The arrivals of the fur traders changed where the aboriginal peoples lived, and many moved away from what would later be called Nahanni National Park. In the 1800s the Klondike Gold Rush brought an influx of people to the north, and stories of the Naha people once again gained stature. In 1908 two Metis gold prospectors, Willie and Frank McLeod, were found dead in the park, decapitated. Several more mysterious deaths happened in the following years, leading areas of the park to be renamed pleasant names such as Deadmen Valley, Headless Creek, Headless Range and the Funeral Range.
According to MysteriousUniverse.org, only a fraction of the park has fully been explored. Could there be something in the park? Could it be the Naha tribe, untouched for centuries? Or could it be something more paranormal?
2. Alberta's Bovine Bamboozlement
Crop circles, strange lights, little green men; unless these things are documented with non-fuzzy camera and were witnessed by legitimate sources, they're often dismissed. It takes something tangible for people to sit up and listen, and that's where Alberta's cows come in.
Alberta has a staggeringly high number of cattle mutilations for the number of farms in the province. The mutilations range across the Canadian prairies, but Alberta is the hotspot. The cows are often found in the morning by ranchers, far from the herd, dead on the ground. Autopsy reports find the animals have been completely drained of blood, have their tongue, eyes and genitals removed and are often incapable of rotting. Foxes, crows, flies, maggots, ants or any other scavenger animal you would expect to see around a dead body are mysteriously absent.
Losing a cow is hard on a farm, as the cow can be worth several thousand dollars. Some farmers have had to retire from their businesses all together because these mutilations happen so frequently. RCMP and local law enforcement have no explanation, and insurance companies aren't always willing to cover the costs of the animal since there's no way to say it died by natural causes.
Fox and Scully did once come to Alberta looking for answers, but they came looking for the killer bees. Maybe this time they will come for the cows.
3. Where's Fat Man?
The year was 1950, and the Cold War was in its infancy. It had been one year since the Soviets had exploded their first nuke, and the Arms Race was just ramping up. On February 13th, a Convair B-36 bomber (Flight 2075) left Eielson Airbase in Fairbanks Alaska to Fort Walsh, Texas, in which it would commence a "simulated combat profile" over the skies of Southern California and San Francisco. The plane would also be carrying a four megaton nuclear bomb, equivalent to the one dropped on Nagasaki five years earlier.
The flight would take 16 hours, but 6 hours in, something went wrong.
It was a frigid -40 Celsius day and after climbing to 40,000 feet into the air, Flight 2075 began experiencing heavy ice on the wings of the plane. Trying to unthaw, it lowered to 15,000 feet. Soon the instruments on the plane began failing, and one of the engines caught on fire. Two minutes later, a second engine caught on fire. Then, a third engine was plugged. The plane began dropping at 300 feet a minute.
The crew, realizing they had five minutes to cheat death, locked their final position 90 miles south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and jumped. On their way to safety they watched the plane circle the island and then they lost visual of it. They believed it crashed into the ocean.
Two days later, five members of the crew were presumed dead and the plane, along with the nuke, could not be found.
It would take six years before the wreckage was found, but it wasn't found in the ocean, but in the mountains 200 miles away. It is believed that after the crew jumped, the plugged engine restarted and the plane continued on its modified course until slamming into a mountain. While the wreckage of the plane was found, along with a Geiger counter and the bomb detonator, the nuclear weapon was never recovered.
4. Tunnels Below Toronto
"If I tell you what I saw, people will think I was drunk or crazy, they'll never believe me."
In March of 1957, Earnest, a resident in the area of Toronto called Cabbagetown, had lost a kitten from a litter he was supposed to be taking care of. While looking for his kitten, he discovered a small cave near his Parliament Street home. He crawled down into the cave with a flashlight, and after about 10 feet into the darkness, he saw some movement. His flashlight landed on a small creature with slate-grey fur, long teeth, lanky arms and red eyes. The creature looked back at Earnest and said in a hissing voice "Go away, go away" and then scampered down the tunnel into the darkness.
Earnest fled the tunnel, and told his wife Barbara what had happened. A few days later SUN News heard the story and interviewed him. The tunnel was revisited and no creature was found, but it is believed the tunnel might access the sewer system beneath the city. Some city workers who were interviewed say it's possible he saw a homeless person living in the tunnels, or a raccoon or beaver, but they aren't completely sure.
However, some people believe there is a bigger secret under Cabbagetown than just skinny, English-speaking, sewer-dwelling beavers. Some believe Toronto is built over an ancient, underground city and that the area has extremely high electromagnetic fields. The mystery remains unfounded, but when asked if Earnest would ever visit the tunnels again he said "If we could get in there, I sure as hell wouldn't want to go down alone."
5. Mysterious Marysburgh Vortex
What sounds like a Lemony Snicket novel, the Marysburgh vortex is also called the "Bermuda Triangle of the North". This triangle sits in Lake Ontario, with two corners in Canada and the third crossing the border into the United States. The area is at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and once was heavily populated with hundreds of vessels. Early in its history, stories began of ships mysteriously being sucked into the lake, compasses going haywire and mysterious fires being set aboard ships. Some of these paranormal events have been witnessed by crew members of nearby ships, and there have been no explanations so far. To date over 100 ships have been lost in the Marysburgh Vortex.
But it gets even weirder! According to the Ottawa Citizen, both the Canadian and United States government had a program in place called "Project Magnet" which was part of a worldwide effort to map the shifting magnetic fields of the planet. What they discovered was that something strange was happening in Lake Ontario, right in the center of the Marysburgh Vortex.
The project discovered something below the lake, approximately one kilometer in length, eighteen feet deep and with protrusions around it between two and six feet high. The "Charity Shoal Structure" appears to be a crater from around 460 million years ago during the Ordovician geological period. The Ordovician time period is unique as the Ordovician meteor event occurred around the same time, which brought an explosion of life across the world that has only been matched by the Cambrian explosion. Meteors from the Ordovician event crashed all over North America, and could have been responsible for one of the "Big Five" extinctions that occurred across the planet.
Could the crater under Lake Ontario be home to one of these meteors? Could it have a strong enough magnetic field to suck ships below the lake's waves? Could the meteor have brought interplanetary life with it? Is it possible there's a 460 year old extraterrestrial sea creature living in the lake? Probably not, but ships as recent has 2013 have been found floating in the area without any crew aboard, so the question of Marysburgh Vortex remains, and is one of Canada's Top 5 X-Files.
Image of Nahanni National Park belong to Reddit user, sfbruin. The image of the Toronto tunnel monster belongs to Toronotist. The image of Marysburgh Vortex belongs to The Ottawa Citizen.
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And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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A few months ago I entered a contest for a trip for two to visit Philadelphia on Two Bad Tourists. Normally contests like this are limited to United States residents so when I saw this one was open to Canadians I jumped at the chance. I've never won something like this before, so I actually forgot about it until I got the emailing saying I had won. Two Bad Tourists then worked alongside Visit Philly to organise the trip for me and my mother to explore Philadelphia for three days. Visit Philly paid for our flights, hotels and gave us a VIP Pass to experience the city to our heart's content. It is thanks to them that this trip is possible.
Several movies and television shows have tried to capture the essence of Philadelphia over the years – from the boxing Blockbuster Rocky, to the paranormal thriller The Sixth Sense, to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and even Boy Meets World – but each described the city differently. There is no easy way to approach a city as dynamic as The City of Brotherly Love. With countless layers of art, history, religion and the paranormal, Philadelphia is a city unlike any other throughout the United States.
One thing that surprised me the most about Philadelphia was the history. The city was founded and designed by William Penn, who is also the state of Pennsylvania's namesake. Born in London, England in 1644 he lived through The Great Fire of 1666 and The Great Plague of London from 1665-1666. Both events shaped Penn's life so he designed the city to be strictly stone buildings (to stop fires from spreading) and to have plenty of space between the buildings (as to prevent illness from spreading). This led to the older areas of the city to have winding corridors between old stone walls.
Canada's 150th birthday cannot be complete without visiting the country's capital city... but which one should you visit? While Ottawa is the current capital of Canada, there have been four other capital cities, and it has changed seven times. It started in Kingston (1841 – 1844) and then moved to Montréal (1844 – 1849), believing it to be safer from the Americans. After the citizens of Montréal burnt it down, it rotated between Toronto (1849 – 1852 and 1856 – 1858) and Québec City (1852 – 1856 and 1859 – 1866). Finally, it was placed right on the border between the two provinces in Ottawa (1866 to present day). This tour ventures into each of these five cities and explores what makes them so unique.
Since the capital flip-flopped location seven times, it would be much more convenient to go through the cities geographically then historically. If we started in the West, we would start in Toronto, Ontario, Canada's biggest city. While G Adventures only mentions the CN Tower and Kensington Market, there is much more to see in this city. You could visit the 18th century Casa Loma Castle, stroll through the artistic Graffiti Alley, visit Ripley's Aquatic Aquarium, or go drink and dine in the Distillery District. Looking for more outdoorsy stuff? Check out the Toronto Islands, the famous High Park or the Toronto Zoo. You can even take a boat out onto Lake Ontario and see the city's iconic skyline!
Part 12 of my cross Canada series takes us to the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island. However, don't let the name confuse you: PEI is actually 232 islands!
PEI also happens to have smallest population of any province in Canada, with only 146,300 people as of 2014. This means this province has less people than my hometown Regina!
Being so small, however, it was difficult to find images on Instagram. That isn't to say there's nothing there worth seeing! Quiet the quandary, actually. PEI has a few very unique locations that drive their tourism. One of them is the gorgeous themed village of Avonlea, named after the village in the hit novel "Anne of Green Gables" published in 1908. This story, and the subsequent stories, follows Anne, a red-haired "fiery" orphan who grows up on PEI. The story is an international bestseller, and is strangely very popular in Japan (or so I've been told)!