An extended “about us”

We get asked the question by new members at almost every event. How did you guys meet and get this group going? I keep meaning to type up a little bio and add it to the website and on meetup, just to give a little info and insight but I always got sidetracked (nice way of saying I forgot). But now I’ve got some spare time, kids are in bed, the house is quiet and I can sit here and type away. So how did it all happen?

Last February I joined meetup and began looking for a paranormal group to join. I came across ghost guide, signed up, and waited for the ghostly fun to begin. And waited. AAAAnd waited. For some reason or another, the group didn’t seem very active. This was, after all winter, and maybe this group was more of a seasonal thing, whichever the reasons, not much was happening and I was eager to get things going, I emailed several group members and posted on the site offering to host events, etc…no reply. A few months flew by and I had actually forgotten about the group when Amanda emailed and asked me if anyone had ever gotten back to me, which was a no of course. We bounced a few emails back and forth and got to know each other a little and decided to get together for some ghostly chatting over lunch.

We met at the Met which is a hotel and pub in the heart of New Westminster. It’s also a local haunt and a preferred lunching destination for other paranormal teams. We met for about an hour or so, exchanged ghostly stories and past experiences with ghost hunting and it was pretty much then that we decided to strike out on our own and Coldspotters was born.

Things took off pretty fast, as of this blogging, we’re only about 6 months old. We’ve had several great events, we’ve grown as a team, and most of all, we’ve met some great people along the way who have joined up with us.

Unfortunately, the group (ghost guide) that we met up through, and what was once the premier ghost hunting site for the city on meetup, was not destined for longevity and after discussions with that group’s founder and organiser, we agreed to merge and eventually absorb their members and resources into our group.

So that is our little story, up to now. We have a website, a couple of social media pages, a blog, over 100 unique members between the two groups with more to come, and a big, old city for us to explore. Doesn’t get any better.

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Mountain View Cemetery – The Colonel

Built in the 1800s as the first cemetery for the City of Vancouver, MVC houses several mayors, prominent people, and various socialites in addition to the hundreds of everyday people that populated the newly found city. It’s been known as a local haunt for years and when Amanda and I formed Coldspotters, this was where we made our first visit.

First of all, the cemetery is huge. It spans several blocks on Fraser from east 33rd to east 41st and is easily the length of a couple football fields wide. We canvassed most of the area and got the usual orbs on camera, for example.

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I wanted to talk about one area in particular. We were in a section not  far from the main gate, and came across the weathered and worn tombstone of an army colonel that had been buried in mvc for about a hundred years or so. As soon as we got up close to it, we both felt an icy chill course through our bodies and a very pronounced energy. It was amazing and we both knew it wasn’t just a random breeze whipping through the area. Here is a pic of that grave.

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Mountain View is full of energy and never disappoints when we visit, but this particular grave was quite remarkable with how much energy flowed off of it. I would highly recommend that anyone going on their own ghost walks to spend some time at this grave, it’s a definite coldspot. There is a large circular common area with fountains etc near the main gate, this grave is located in the area directly to the east of that. Check it out.