Nanaimo Ghosts: Old Man Breathing

Nanaimo ghosts paranormal haunted BC British Columbia

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Ghost report from Sharon on April 17, 2015:

“In the early 1990’s I was living in a small apartment in a medium-sized building in the downtown area. I was a single parent of one child. My partner had recently self-destructed and was returned to prison on the mainland, so we’d been forced to move quickly, hence the small apartment.

A few weeks after we moved in, I was sleeping in the only bedroom. My son was with his grandparents at the time. It was darkish in the room, but there was a bright light on a tall pole in the small parking lot outside the bedroom window. I never saw anything, but I sure heard something! It was the distinct sound of an old man’s breathing! He seemed to be in the room with me! It seemed to be above me, as if he, or it, was hovering above my bed! I was totally freaked out. I quickly left the room and spent the rest of the night on the sofa in the living/kitchen/dining room. As I said it was a very small apartment. Maybe 250-300 sq.ft.

In the morning I asked the resident manager if anyone had ever died in that apartment. He said a man had died, not in the apartment, but in the hospital.

I heard this breathing sound many times. One night a friend stayed the night and the sound was so loud I had to go to the sofa, which meant he had to go sleep in the bedroom. When he awoke I asked him how he slept, he said great, except for that guy breathing so loud! Later on he tried to convince me the sound was somehow travelling through the structure of the building. I wasn’t buying it.

In the apartment beside me a young woman lived, above me was a young man whose job required him to travel a lot, and beside him was a youngish weekend father. None of them had breathing issues. In fact at that time there were no tenants older than 35.

I moved out of there after a few months. Whoever he was, I hope he found the white light, and peace.”

Update from Sharon on Oct 8, 2015:

“I happened to run into a friend yesterday who recently moved out of the building I wrote about in my report. Her name is Barbera. She told me that there were many unusual experiences while she was living there. She said that other tenants reported seeing apparitions, hearing breathing for no apparent reason, and feelings of uneasiness.

Barbera has a friend who used to visit her quite frequently at her apartment. His visits became less often and he wouldn’t stay long. When questioned about this, he said that as soon as he turned the corner to get onto the property, he immediately began to feel fear and dread. This is a man who loves the Lord and does a great deal of good for his community.

Barbera reported at least one suicide in the building, and there is a documented shooting as well, with the RCMP being forced to kill a man exhibiting mental illness and/or breakdown.

I’m not an investigator, normal or paranormal, but it would certainly be intriguing to see someone else visit this location. It is in one of the older neighbourhoods of the city, and the building was built on a lot that had a house or houses torn down to make space for this apartment building. Of course the building has had a large number of tenants over the years, and of course those dozens of people are going to have had illnesses both physical and mental. But when I lived there 20+ years ago I never felt anything dark or dreadful.”

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Britannia Mine Museum – Haunted Britannia Database


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Copyright 2015 Bonnie. Photo #435. Orbs, likely just dust
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Copyright 2015 Bonnie. Photo#436. Orb of light on male’s left elbow and shoe, interesting.

Location: Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Type: museum
Built: n/a

Ghost report by Michael on March 25, 2015:

“While working for the BC Mining Museum in 2006, I encountered a number of ghosts while working there.

The first happened in mid-May of 2006. It was closing time at the museum and one of the big draws was an underground train ride through our old mining tunnel that went under the old mill on the site. It was my turn to close up the tunnel which involved locking a large door at one end of the tunnel and walking through the tunnel to make sure no visitors were still in there and locking a second door on the other side.

I began my lock-up like normal, and locked up the first door. Upon walking about 100 meters down the tunnel to the first of three forks in the tunnel (the other two containing exhibits), I noticed a thick mist appearing all around me. I then noticed voices, many of them, some just whispers, other crying out “Help me”. It’s safe to say I ran as fast as I could to the other end. As soon as I passed by the second fork the mist and voices suddenly disappeared.

Doing some research on the subject, I learned that during that tunnel’s construction around 1917 a dozen workers were killed in an accidental cave-in at that first fork in the tunnel.

The second ghost I came across was a silhouette of a man that always appeared at the top of the huge staircase that lead up to the top of the old mill. I would only ever see him from far away, but he always appeared there and never moved. Occasionally he would startle other tour guides by standing at the bottom of the stairs looking forlornly up the staircase.”


On Oct 17, 2015, we received the two photos above from Bonnie. These photos are copyrighted.

Photo 435 has orbs, which we believe are just dust. We uploaded the photo so that you can decide for yourself.

Photo 436 is interesting. It has an orb of light located by the left elbow of the male. There also appears to be lights on his shoe, however, these could just be reflectors on his shoe. What is ideal about photo 436 is that there are also two lights above him that are just normal lights (not paranormal) which is handy because we can compare the non-paranormal lights to the unknown light on his left elbow. NOTE: Bonnie has just informed us (Oct 19, 2015) that the male in the photo is her husband. She checked his shoes and there is a reflector on the side of his shoe, however, there are no reflectors on the heel or bottom of his shoe.

Keep in mind that when we use the word “orb” we are not saying that it is ghostly in origin. Orb is just simply a sphere.

Bonnie sent us the original photos, so we were able to verify ourselves that there has been no photoshopping done to either of these pics, by checking the EXIF tags. We were also able to determine that both of the pics were taken with a Canon Power Shot SD 130Q IS. The shutter speed was 1/60 seconds. ISO was 500. Aperture was F 2.80 The flash was fired in both pics.

Thank you Bonnie for sending these into us.

WARNING: Do not trespass! Permission from the location owner must be granted to investigate this location!

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Vancouver Ghosts: Old Woman Cooking While Humming

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The following report was sent into our website by Sabina on June 26, 2012:

“I once lived in a house in Vancouver which was built in 1939, we lived next to a church. Whenever in the house I felt like I was being watched. Sometimes I felt a breath on my neck, or a presence behind me. But one encounter really stood out. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep. So this was very strange. Late at night I was in my bed, when all of a sudden I felt like I was surrounded, even though I could only see one silhouette, in the shape of a tall man. He approached me and said “Shhhh… It’s all right.” Then he put his hand on my forehead, it was as cold as ice. Then I closed my eyes and fell asleep instantly.

Another time I was once sleeping downstairs because I was having a sleepover. I suddenly heard humming from the kitchen. I knew that once when the house was first built an old women lived in the house. As I quietly went into the kitchen, I saw an old woman cooking while humming. I ran back to bed. I never saw her again.

Whenever going in to the basement I always felt an aura of jealously, as if ghosts were watching me wishing they could be young and alive again.”

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Vancouver Ghosts: The Nasty Devil and Angel

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The following report was sent into our website on Dec 17, 2011:

“I was spending time with my friends. We had a new loghouse located at the forest near Stanley Park. We thought one of our guests was a thief due to missing items, so we sent them away. After a while, there were unusual things happening… items flying around the room by itself.

One time, my friend reported windows breaking so I went outside to catch the vandal. But there was no trace of someone in sight.

Then the nasty spirit started to talk, it sounded like an evil voice that nobody has heard before. It was saying insults personally directed to my friend, then it started to threaten to break his leg if he didn’t leave.

Then another time lots of people came even challengers, the spirit claimed to be both a devil and angel. It left all of us terrified and confused. After the challenger left, a pastor came and sang hymns with all of us. The evil spirit joined in laughing at the efforts for driving him away. It left, but threatened to return the next day. Me and my friends decided to leave from our terrifying experience. Then it all stopped, maybe the spirit was living there and didn’t like trespassers arriving.”

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Vancouver Ghosts: I Refuse To Go Back There

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The following report was sent into our website by Lynn on Oct 26, 2010:

 “I moved in with my boyfriend to the basement of his grandmother’s house. My boyfriend had disclosed to me that when he was around seven years old he saw the face of a demon through the window downstairs. After a month I began to cry when I would have to be left alone in the house. It always felt like someone, or something, did not want me in the house. When i would work out by myself in the hallway (the only space for my treadmill) I would hear a man’s voice in my head saying “get out” “just leave” “go away”. I knew it wasn’t my imagination as I had never heard the male voice before. I told my boyfriend about this. His grandfather and uncle are both deceased, and he told me they both agreed that girlfriends or boyfriends were not allowed overnight. It was forbidden. I began talking to the voices when I worked out, saying that I respected the grandmother very much. I thought maybe if it was a disgruntled spirit I must be calming it, or at least calming my imagination.

But a month later new things happened. I would wake up every night at 3am, as if someone was telling me to wake up. I always went back to sleep, but the regularity of it seemed odd. After a couple weeks of that when I’d wake up at 3am I would go and sleep in my 2 year old son’s bed with him. The instant I layed down I began hearing voices in my head (and no I do not have any mental history). I would hear my boyfriend’s mom crying like she were a little girl, I’ld hear the other siblings saying horrible things like “don’t do that” “help me” “no.” I was hearing all of them in my head when they were children. I also began seeing in my head memories that weren’t mine. Like hiding under a bed afraid, or running away. I told all this to my boyfriend, he believed me and told me his family past. Well turns out the siblings were abused I guess in some form, and always were abusing each other. I guess growing up in the home was a fearful thing. I don’t know if an actual spirit was giving me these experiences, or maybe it was just the energy of the house. But since we moved out I refuse to go back there.”

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Vancouver Ghosts: The Green Apparition

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The following report was sent into our website on Oct 24, 2004:

“I was living with my best friend at the time, in an old house that his parents had completely renovated about 2 years previously. His mom had moved to California, and his dad took a contract job in Kuwait, so I moved in for 10 months. I had noticed a few things in the first few weeks I was there, but I figured that they could have been reasonably explained. My friend’s parents did not own a television, nor did we, being only 18 at the time. We hooked up an old computer monitor to a VCR that I had brought from my parents place, now the monitor was old and everything displayed green. One night I was at home by myself watching “tv” with the lights off in the living room, when an old cedar chair I owned creaked the way it does when somebody sits in it. Completely surprised I looked at the chair and saw the perfect silhouette, in green, of a person sitting in my chair. I jumped up and turned the lights on and I could no longer see this silhouette, thinking my eyes had fooled me, I left the lights on and continued to watch “tv”, when about two minutes later, there was a sound like someone was getting out of the chair. Well my heart started pounding, I turned off the lights and there was no silhouette.

Later, I asked my friend if he had ever had any odd experiences in the house, he refused to talk about it. It wasn’t until about 3 years later when he moved out did he start telling me about things, he told me about a time that when the renovations were still being done, that he was playing his drums in the unfinished part of the house and he heard footsteps, louder than his drums, coming up the steps. He stopped playing and called out his dad and sister’s names but there was nobody there, not even in the finished section of the house.

He also told me about a time when he was by himself in the house and he took a shower. He said he shut the door, cause he always shut the door, and when he got out the door was closed, but not latched. He was not positive that he latched it but it was when he looking in the mirror and he saw the door open behind him did he yell out. There was nobody home, and he claims that there is no way the door would have opened like that.

My friend’s family no longer owns this house, but I would love to have the chance to live there again, now that I am a little bit more brave, and a lot more curious.”

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