Canada is often seen by the world as an odd and quirky country. In a way, such is a fair perspective because Canada is known to have experienced its lot of crazy things throughout its history. In Ontario alone, there were several bizarre events that really boggled the minds of Canadians and people all over the world.
Here are 5 different Ontario tales that will raise your curiosity:
The Witch of Baldoon
Over 160 years ago, in the small community of Baldoon, a man named John McDonald and his family were consumed by evil forces that would shake up their lives forever. The McDonalds initially moved to Baldoon in 1804 in hopes of a better life in the New World. Across from where they settled lived a particularly strange family consisting of an old woman, her sons and a daughter. On several occasions, they would offer to buy the McDonalds' land from them; but of course, the McDonalds refused to sell their lot every time they were asked.
Ever since then, unexplainable events haunted the McDonald family. Showers of lead bullets shot through their windows on a daily basis, screaming noises were heard throughout the night, plates and cups would fly through the air, and their house seemed to sometimes rise at one end. Even a British army man, Captain Bennett, experienced his own gun explode randomly when he came by the McDonalds' to check out their situation.
A local mystic revealed to John that his family was being cursed by a witch who apparently disguised herself as a black goose. The hauntings stopped once John shot the goose, and upon a later visit to the unusual family's house, he came across the old woman with an wounded arm. Check out The Windsor Star's coverage of this story in 1964 here.
The Death of Tom Thomson
Tom Thomson is known to be one of the most influential painters in Canadian history. On July 8, 1917, Thomson set out on a fishing trip by himself across Canoe Lake. He knew the area well, especially since he had been working as a fire ranger and a fishing guide there. So it came to everyone's surprise when Thomson's canoe came back to shore empty a few hours after he had set off. His dead body surfaced a week after his disappearance, and until this day, the events surrounding his death remain a mystery.
As investigators pried deeper into the story, they realized that Algonquin Park may not have been as tranquil as Thomson depicted it to be in his paintings. They put into place several theories regarding his death. The most innocent theory involves an accidental tipping of his canoe by unseen logs and stumps in the lake (since Algonquin Park had a rich logging culture during those times). More violent theories suggest that Thomson was the victim of foul play involving Canadian and American soldiers who fled to Algonquin Park to escape the war.
Today, several paranormal explorers visit Canoe Lake in hopes that they'll encounter the ghost of Tom Thomson and learn the true story of his death.
Photo cred - All Things Brooklyn
The Lost Island of the St. Lawrence Seaway
In 1823, it was believed that a small island in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Alexandria Bay had disappeared. It had submerged completely under water (20 feet below sea level) for reasons that were undefined. Some theories attribute its sinking to the great earthquake of 1663 or to the collapse of a random cave within the island itself. But a larger question remains unanswered - how the heck did people notice it had disappeared out of the thousand other islands in that area?
An interesting story accompanies the island's disappearance. On 1823, a hunter randomly decided to row out to the island and explore it. When he got there, he found a dead body which he then immediately buried to avoid being wrongly accused of murder. He left the island and told no one of what he discovered. A few months later, he attempted to revisit the island but it was no where to be found. The incident frightened the hunter so much that he finally passed on the story to his son.
Around 60 years later, a tourist who had heard about the island tried to look for it himself. On his travels, he came across a woman who admitted to once killing a man on the island. He had promised to bring her to her missing husband, who was supposedly captured by the army and executed for deserting the war. Instead, he brought her to the island and tried to kill her, but she managed to kill him herself and get away safely.
The Shadow of the Cross
The Shadow of the Cross is a rather intriguing painting. It was made in Colbalt, Ontario in 1895 by Henri Ault, a French-Canadian painter. The painting was quite simple and minimalistic in terms of concept, depicting Jesus Christ standing at the edge of a small hill or rock. What is particularly strange, however, is that there are certain elements of the painting that Henri swore he was not responsible for adding.
When the painting was almost finished but not complete, Henri noticed a glow of light coming from the canvas that produced a shadowy image of the Jesus Christ he had painted, as well as a shadow of a cross behind it. Nowhere in his memory did Henri recall ever including a cross in his painting at all.
He revealed his painting to others and they all saw the same things as he did. It was noted, however, that the shadowy images of Jesus Christ and the cross only appeared in a darkened room. The peculiar dark-induced luminescence may have something to do with chemical action between the paints he used; but the mysterious appearance of the cross is still unexplainable.
The Bradford Triangle
Alright, so this one isn't as mysterious as it is weird, but nevertheless it's still interesting to mention. In 1994, a UFO advocate named Joyce Halfin outlined a triangular boundary connecting Bradford, Aurora and Uxbridge which she called the "Bradford Triangle". The boundary is reminiscent of other bizarre triangles around the world, such as the Bermuda Triangle and the Dragon's Triangle. She claimed that the area she defined was "an energy vortex and an interdimensional light and time portal."
The area is known to have had a high frequency of UFO sightings. Today, it attracts several UFO and paranormal enthusiasts.