Elora Gorge - "Mystery Man"
We received the following report from one of our readers...
It was February 24th 2007. My friend and I were exploring the trail surrounding the Elora Gorge for photo opportunities. The area was covered in untouched snow and it was a bright sunny day. A perfect day for a perfect shot.
We had been there for over an hour and during this time encountered less than a handful of people. Although the day was great it was still cold and the conservation area was closed. We did not expect to see too many others.
At this time we came across a staircase leading towards the edge of the Gorge off the main trail.
The staircase was stony and snow covered at the top and slippery steel at the bottom so when a man approached from behind we moved aside to allow him to pass. He appeared to be around his late 40’s in a cross between jogging and hiking attire. He seemed to be in a hurry but still at a walking pace.
We continued our descent down the stairs taking pictures along the way. When we reached the bottom we came to a fenced off area and looking around we discovered there was nowhere left to go but back up the staircase. At this moment we realized that the man that passed us only moments before never did go back up. The chills that ran up my back were definitely not from the cold weather alone!!
We searched the areas around the fencing to see if there were signs that the man climbed over and continued on a different path. However, we found no footprints around the fence area or any other evidence to prove this would have even been possible.
At this time we also entertained the thought he may have leaped into the Gorge but again found nothing to support this theory.
So back we went up the stairs to the main trail and spent more time in the area taking pictures. All the while looking around in hopes of catching a glimpse of our "mystery man". This was never meant to be. Leaving the area that day, we accepted that we just experienced something that could never be explained.
We thank the witness for this report...
"Hmm. I didn't really pay a lot of attention to them as the only truly remarkable thing they did was vanish. I was reminded of the "phantom hiker" story I read on your site recently, which is why I posted it.
They were both in modern dress as far as I recall (I am very slightly nearsighted but I don't wear glasses). One had a bright pink (or maybe red or orange) jacket and similarly light-colored pants. She could have been blonde. The other had darker hair and clothes. Blue jacket I think.
It was Wednesday May 2nd 2012, maybe 7pm or as late as 8pm.
There was no obvious source of the smoke, especially such a powerful scent. It was like inhaling right next to a wood fire -- I really did nearly choke, and my friend commented on it immediately before I thought to say anything. Nothing visible on the air, no lights on the surrounding cliffs. Fires are not allowed anywhere in that area, although there are plenty of dead pits. We had been all over the Irvine gorge as far as the David Street bridge, on both sides of the river, and had seen no live fires or smoke. It also faded unnaturally fast: there was not much wind down there, and I would have expected even drifting smoke to linger for at least a few seconds.
One point I didn't make was that all of us (there were four in our party although the other two were heading up to the stairs by that point) were carrying small tektites (meteor stones) at the request of the lady who was looking for the feathers. Some say stones of that type increase sensitivity."