Metro Vancouver tops Canada for reports of UFO sightings

Dec 19 2017, 11:40 am

Is it a triangle, boomerang, sphere, disc, cylinder or even a bright and fast moving point of light? Is the truth out there?

Winnipeg-based Ufology Research says 14,617 sighting cases of unidentified flying objects were recorded since 1989 – starting 25 years ago when the group first began collecting data. It also states that according to polls, approximately 10 per cent of Canadians believe they have seen UFOS.

However, the report was not meant to proof the existence of UFOs and the existence of extraterrestrial life. “The present study only shows that people are reporting sightings of unusual objects, some of which have no simple explanation,” said the report.

The most sightings in any year during the study period was in 2012 when 1,981 incidents were recorded. The majority of the sightings were in British Columbia and Ontario, with the two largest major metropolitan areas in both provinces attaining the most sightings.

Most Sightings in Canada by Metropolitan Area

1. Vancouver – 1,393
2. Toronto – 1,127
3. Winnipeg – 536
4. Calgary – 472
5. Edmonton – 395
6. Hamilton – 348

Most Sightings in Canada by Municipality

1. Toronto – 623
2. Winnipeg – 521
3. Vancouver – 504
4. Calgary – 431
5. Edmonton – 324
6. Montreal – 287

The most common colour of UFO sightings was white (29 per cent), followed by orange (21 per cent) and then “multicoloured” (17 per cent). Contrary to popular culture of what UFOs look like, disc-shaped objects comprise of just 5 per cent of all sightings in 2013.

The report also highlights ‘remarkable’ sighting incidents, including a pair that took place in Metro Vancouver.

  • May 9, 1989 at 9:58 p.m. in Vancouver, British Columbia: Two witnesses saw seven different formations of objects moving across the sky, including a group of seven or eight “grey, dull metallic objects” that flew directly over a downtown apartment building.
  • May 15, 2000 at 10:50 p.m. in North Vancouver, British Columbia: While skygazing, two witnesses observed a large, silent, boomerang-shaped object gliding silently overhead. It had a dark infrastructure but had seven dim triangular objects on its underside.


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Image: Ufology Research

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Image: Ufology Research


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