Paranormal is a word that often draws intrigue. For years, humankind has tested ways to communicate with those who have passed on while others remain skeptical and reserved from the phenomenon. Vancouver Paranormal Society (VPS) has been exploring the questions of afterlife since 1993 and officially became a legitimate non-profit organization after VPS President Peter Renn took over around six years ago. Vice President Kelly Berge and Investigator Mike Lutke spoke with Surrey604 about their personal experiences with spirits as well as the public investigation of Surrey’s Camp Alexandra on July 16.
“This will be our second public event at Camp Alexandra,” Berge states. “Our first was quite an extraordinary event.”
Berge and Lutke will share tales of voices being caught on audio recordings, physical altercations and unexplainable images captured on InfraRed Cameras. “Peter Renn was, I believe, in the children’s daycare when he captured an image of a full body shadow-figure, but that’s not all…”
Berge recalls her own paranormal experiences at the camp. She was inside of a cabin with camp caretaker Steve Jones as well as lead investigator Aimee Sheppard. “I had asked with so much passion for a spirit to gather as much energy as they possibly can and manifest themselves, whether it be vocally, visually or even a tap on the shoulder. Suddenly, Amy saw some light come in from underneath the cabin door and Steve felt an energy shift. At that point, the bunk bed I was sitting on suddenly felt like someone was pummeling it from underneath.” Berge continues: “There were some curtains behind Amy and I saw what looked like someone grabbing the corner of the curtain, lifting it up and put it back down.”
Though most may become squeamish at the sounds of this, Berge and Lutke wouldn’t consider spiritual interactions frightening. “Typically I come from the premise that ghost are people too,” Berge explains. “I wouldn’t say I’ve had any frightening experiences. I’ve had experiences that were quite strong. Things were thrown. In my previous residence about a year ago, my son and I both saw apparitions.”
Seeing a spirit in a physical form is an extreme rarity according to Berge and Lutke. “The theory is it takes a lot of energy for a spirit to manifest a physical form. It’s actually a lot easier for them to move something or, from our experience, imprint vocal on an audio file.” Lutke chimes in: “I’m actually in the process of reviewing some audio from a recent investigation and you can clearly hear, in a child’s voice, someone saying: ‘It’s the devil.’”
As terrifying as that sounds, Lutke confirms that the statement doesn’t necessarily mean they’re interacting with an “evil” presence. Often times, spirits can be playful and will try to creep you out for their own amusement.
“Movies and television have created a situation of fear, so much so that many people think demonic activity is everywhere, it’s not. Most investigators will rarely, if ever, come across a demonic case. Going back to the thought that ghosts are people too, we’re going to have loving spirits, sad spirits, angry spirits, but typically they’re all of a human nature. Human spirits.”
Vancouver Paranormal Society is available for private home and building investigations and will not disclose your information without permission. Lutke praises the group’s diversity, stating it contains an even amount of believers and skeptics. There have been many instances where the group has investigated homes that they believe did not have spiritual connections, often citing abnormalities to things such as pipe issues and mice.
Being a non-profit, the group consists exclusively of volunteers who, despite having ties with the Ghost Hunters of television fame, work for free without much media publication.
“What we do is really important to us, we have a mission to help,” Berge states. “None of us are looking to become famous or anything like that. Our passion is real in that we want to help others that are experiencing things that are affecting their lives, whether it be that they need help understanding what’s going on because they’re scared or they have children and it’s affecting them or maybe they want answers on how they can live in conjunction with the spirits that are in their home.”
The public reveal at Camp Alexandra will be an event where VPS showcases evidence of paranormal activity gathered from multiple surveys conducted at the grounds. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see how gear VPS uses their gear to track and communicate with spirits and will be guided through the campgrounds to get a taste of what it’s like to investigate. Be alert, though. That cold shiver might not be from the wind…
You can reserve your spot for the July 16 public reveal on the Vancouver Paranormal Society Facebook group:
If you cannot make the public reveal on July 16, Vancouver Paranormal Society will be hosting another one sometime in mid-August. Stay up to date by joining their Facebook group or visiting their official website:
Interested in becoming a paranormal investigator? VPS are always open to bringing in new team members. Information on how to apply can be found at the following link: