In 1795, settler Daniel McGinnis discovered a strange hollow in a forest clearing on Oak Island, off the southeastern coast of Nova Scotia. With the help of his friends, he began digging, hoping to find the rumored pirate treasure trove.
At a depth of 90 feet, McGinnis found a strangely patterned stone slab. After digging several feet deep, the shaft was filled with seawater. After all, a 500-foot horizontal tunnel connected the “money pit” to the sea cove. Then he finds artifacts in 200 years only to deepen the mystery.
“Honestly, I don’t know what happened on Oak Island, but I’m sure. something Something very extraordinary happened,” author Hamerson Peters said in an interview.
“The parchment, leather and bones of a 17th-century Arabian woman did not happen to end up 160 feet underground on a tiny island in Nova Scotia.”
This intriguing mystery is just one of many Peterson wroteA fiddler and sculptor who grew up in the Pacific Northwest unearths and writes the hidden gems of Canadian history, exploring past centuries and our own unexplained accounts.
Peters began writing Northern stories in 2016 when the self-proclaimed “history nerd” got a writing gig that took a life of its own.
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading about different historical events and eras. I was particularly drawn to the history of Western Canada after high school. Because I could,” he says.
“I finally got paid to write an article for a site called MysteriesOfCanada.com Specializing in Canadian history and mysteries. I started dabbling in both genres and found that the mystery articles I wrote tended to get more views than historical ones, so I turned my attention to them. ”
The Mystery of Oak Island was an early topic in Peters’ writings. In time, he authored the “Oak Island Encyclopedia” in his two volumes. However, his first book was the 2018 work Legends of the Nahanni Valley. The nearby Dean and Slavey tribes told of a terrifying, hairy, giant “wild man” called the Nakani who lived near the Southern Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories. Merchants, explorers, and missionaries write down their descriptions. Then, in 1908, the discovery of his two decapitated gold prospectors gave the canyon a new nickname: the Valley of the Headless Men.
“Canada’s history before the 20th century is completely intertwined with its Aboriginal history,” says Peters.
“Historically speaking, most Aborigines do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural worlds, so it is impossible to learn anything about Aboriginal beliefs in studying Canadian history, and some I call the elements of ‘folklore’.”
The Nahanni Valley has held other mysteries in recent years. Peters interviewed Frank Graves, who explored the area in 1965. Graves spoke of a giant white wolf-like creature that he shot with a shotgun, but strangely had no effect.Cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson described the beast as direwolfAlso Waheeraand Amphicion“bear dogs” left over from prehistoric times.
Peters intersperses accounts of anthropologists and fur traders with more contemporary reports. But he says ghost ships, dwarves, sorcerers, and time-shifts where past and future temporarily overlap are just a few of the topics he would have dismissed as fantasy early in life.
“I have come to truly believe in the reality of certain unexplained phenomena – ghosts, wildlife, UFOs…and yet we still can’t wrap our heads around them.” he says.
“I find it particularly compelling when history and mystery intersect. When I come across old primary sources that describe the experience of unexplained phenomena. This is a modern explanation of the same thing.” is fully consistent with.”
Many people cling to the preconceived notion that the material world is everything, but many others have a broader perspective, says Peters.
“Most Canadians believe that no matter what humanitarians and atheists try to make us believe, more than our limited human abilities allow us to perceive and understand. I’m tolerant enough to recognize that there are things that are different,” he says.
Peters wrote “Mysteries of Canada Volume I” in 2019 and published Volume III last year. He promotes his six books under his own name. website The YouTube channel has over 12.2 million views. Here, mystery and history, research and creativity intersect.
“About half of the music I use in my videos is made by me and consists of 100% real instruments and vocals. It’s a fact I’m very proud of. They’re simply It’s a background loop, musically speaking it’s not that complicated, but I’m happy with the flavor it gives to my videos.I write the music and hire freelance musicians to play it. [or] They sing various parts for me unless I need the fiddle part.
“What surprises me is that people like my work. is not.”
Some of Peters’ videos are short, while others are full-length documentaries such as: Ogopogo: Canada’s Loch Ness Monster, which lasts over two hours. His exploration of the famous but elusive creatures of Lake Okanagan began at the request of his cousin, but turned into a three-year research project.
The author says it’s hard to balance regular updates on his YouTube channel with wrapping up a longer project. His research continues to open up new possibilities. So are those who come to him and give him explanations that cannot be explained.
“One of the things I have wanted to study for over a year now is the phenomenon of flying humanoids. He told me about a very eerie experience he had in the city of Ontario a few years ago.This project will require a lot of research and will probably be a feature length video.”
In 1930, historian Harold Innis wrote that Canada was settled by “cutters and drawers of water.” Ironically, that history itself gives Peters depth.
“In fact, I am amazed at how much Canadian material there is. You can even come across a whole new side of ,” he said.
“Unfortunately, most Canadians are not only unaware of the richness of our country’s history, but also have the wrong idea due to the misinformation spread by the education system and the mainstream media. It’s no exaggeration.”