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Watson's Mill Investigation

Alain and Jonathan

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Established - January 2001


Ottawa's Oldest Established Paranormal Group Dedicated To investigate The Unknown.

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About Haunted Ottawa

(H.O.P.S.) is a dedicated FREE VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION of people who do not have any preconceived or established beliefs about the paranormal. Together, we have a combined 25 years of paranormal experience. We are open-minded about ideas, beliefs, and further research and experimentation.

 Like most paranormal investigators around the world today, we are always learning and gathering knowledge as we explore and investigate reported hauntings around Ontario. We make our findings publicly available whenever possible so that the public can also share in our knowledge and discoveries. H.O.P.S. was formed in 2001 and is one of the first groups to offer public membership. H.O.P.S is dedicated to providing paranormal evidence from around North America. Read More...

 Experiencing A Hauntings !

Do you get and unwelcoming feeling your being watch even you feel your location may be haunted? If so, go to our contact page Click HERE. If you have any suggestions on location you would like Haunted Ottawa Paranormal Society to  investigation please e-mail your suggestion to us! Haunted Ottawa Paranormal Society anything that is "Supernatural" and Paranormal, such as Cryptozoology literally, "study of hidden animals") is a pseudoscience involving the search for animals whose existence has not been proven. e-mail us today.

Our Local History

Watson's Mill


In 1860, along the Rideau Canal, Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier, built the Long Island Flouring Mill in what is now know as the historic Dickinson Square in the picturesque village of Manotick, to which Dickinson founded and named after an Ojibwa word meaning “Island in the river”. The mill was constructed of limestone quarried from the riverbank of the western channel of the Rideau River and is older than Canada itself.

Moss Kent Dickinson was born in Denmark, New York in 1822, his family relocated to Cornwall, Ontario in 1827. Joseph Currier was born in North Troy, Vermont in 1820, his family moved to Canada in 1836. In 1858 he became partners with Dickinson to open the Long Island Mill. Both men were in the lumber business and teamed up for this new and exciting opportunity. They obtained the water rights to the head of water at the newly constructed dam on the back channel of the Rideau River. The Mill was officially opened on Valentine’s Day in 1860.

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Ghost and their acknowledgement

ghostThe first thing I would like to say is that everyone has its own interpretation of a ghost, with all the research and reading you may have done you may not agree with my definition or even research on this topic. The years I’ve been in this field and all the research I’ve done I came up with this interpretation of a ghost:

The first and probably the most commonly accepted definition of a ghost is the disembodied energy of a deceased human being that appears not only self aware, but quite capable of interacting within the linear world of time and space. Ghost is the energy of soul or dead people that are stuck between this plane and the next. These ghost can interact with the living by audibly or visible by the naked eye. However, a ghost is normally depicted as something that haunts people or places and therefore gives off a feeling of fear. Unhappy ghost is often called "poltergeist.


Radio-Sweep: A Case Study

by Tom Butler, 2009


Radio-sweep technology, popularly known as "ghost boxes" or "spirit boxes," is examined as a technology used for recording Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). The results of a session reported in the ATransC Idea Exchange were used for a blind, online listening test similar to previous tests reported in the online ATransC Journal as EVP online listening trials. The generally negative results are reviewed and reasons why the technology may not be suited for trans-etheric communication is discussed.


Ghost Photography.

ghot_photography_newHere's a few basic tips and suggestions when you decide you'd like to photograph the paranormal. Before you begin with the tips below, there are a few things you should keep in mind regarding trying to capture spirits.

First and foremost, you have to learn how to use your camera perfectly. Remember, what's the point of finally gets undeniable proof of paranormal phenomenon if your pictures are blurry, improperly exposed or just plain don't turn out? Skeptics and believers alike will eat you up and spit you out if they can deny or at least find fault with your picture. If there can be an alternate explanation to what you've captured then people tend to gravitate towards that explanation. Learn not only how to take pictures efficiently and properly, but do so while avoiding pitfalls such as lens flare, out of focus dust particles, blurry shots, under exposure that could lead to possible matrixing, the act of turning random features into seeing something more than what is really there, and so many other issues, we as paranormal photographers face. Learn every feature of your camera before you use it in the field and learn proper photography techniques. It will pay off in the long run.

It's interesting when you look up information on ghost photography on the internet. There's actually a wide range of information. What you can and can't use, what works and what doesn't, you have to wonder what information you should just ignore or filter out (pun intended). Once you learn how to use your camera, however you can't really go wrong. It's about paying attention to your setup, what kind of issues you might face in the field and anything else that might impede proper photography techniques.