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A ghostly encounter


By Tania Moffat Threads of ectoplasm seen at Elmwood Cemetery. I


t’s midnight and the air has suddenly turned cold. A chill creeps down your spine, like a ghostly finger- tip tracing a raindrop down a pane of glass. Is it the impending storm or something of an otherworldly


nature? Since you’re in the Elmwood cemetery flirting with the


spirit world, it may actually be the latter. Ghosts are all around us, and tales of their hauntings abound in most cities. Winnipeg is no different. Tere are many places filled with haunting tales of spirits that cannot seem to escape their earthly prisons. If you’ve ever been curious about the supernatural or


are looking for confirmation of the spirit world, Kristen Verin-Treusch is just the person to guide you. She is the owner and operator of Muddy Water Tours and offers ghost hunting among her lineup of 12 interactive walks and tours that bring Winnipeg’s colourful history to life. If you dare, try her Talking to the Dead bus tour or the


Supernatural Sites, but be warned, you will most likely be in contact with the spirit world. “Her tour is more than just an education in the paranormal. It’s real; it is not faked,” says Tony, who recently attended a Muddy Water Super- natural Site tour in Lower Fort Garry.


32 • Fall 2015 For those who have never been on a ghost hunting tour,


here is what you can expect. First, throw out every precon- ception you have of people running down hallways with flashlights, screaming. Tis isn’t made-for-TV-entertain- ment. It is a real paranormal experience in a safe environ- ment. Everyone is given a quick 101 course on the paranormal, and Kristen explains what you will be doing to document your ghostly encounters. She reviews the tools you will be using and how they work to prove that a spirit is present. To ensure that everyone has a safe experience, Kristen cre- ates a shield of white light around participants, asking that only white light spirits come through and interact with the group.


One of the tools Kristen uses is an electromagnetic field detector or EMF. EMF meters detect fields emitted by moving electrically charged objects. Te meters dial jumps when there are electrical currents in the air – a sign that there are ghosts present. “We went to a couple of rooms and took readings. You are in a room with absolutely no electricity, and this machine needs 120 volts to activate it. So to have it respond when we asked questions was really cool,” says tour guest Tony. “We asked the spirits talking


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Photo courtesy of Muddy Waters Tours.


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