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My Personal Sightings
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1 - July 13, 1974: Daytime sighting. Time: Approx. between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and sunny. I remember seeing an object hovering at treetop level. It was sphere-shaped and looked metallic as the afternoon sun reflected off its surface. I have in my possession official documents that confirm sightings of these objects, both in Hanmer and Sudbury, during the same time period.

My original sketch and a representation of a silver sphere

Three UFO reports from the National Archives of Canada,
dated July 12, 1974

2 - October 9, 1990: Evening sighting. Time: Between 8:30 and 8:55 p.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and cool. Figure 1- Looking to the south, I saw an object as bright as a planet come down from the sky at an angle and then "floated" above the rocky hills, slowly heading east.

Figure 2 - After stopping at the house to grab my binoculars, I drove up to the woods at the end of another street and from there, I noticed that the object's brilliance had dissipated and it appeared to be egg-shaped and white in colour.

Figure 3 - As I looked between the bare branches, I noticed that the object was moving from side to side about three times, then stopped for a second or two. Then suddenly blinked out, as if someone had flipped a switch. The object then reappeared at a slightly lower elevation.

Figure 4 - After leaving the woods, I proceeded to drive my car up a hill that would allow me an excellent view of the surrounding valley. As I was driving, I could not see the object anywhere. But as I crested the hilltop, I scanned the skies looking for it, panning from my right to my left until I noticed a large pinkish-red, oval-shaped light in the area when I knew the Falconbridge Radar Base was located. It hovered next to it for several minutes, pulsating like an emergency road flare. Throughout the entire sighting, there was absolutely no sound.

Top, left to right: UFO sighted at two different locations - looking south.
Bottom: UFO sighted near CFS Falconbridge - October 9, 1990

3 - November 26, 1990: Daytime sighting. Time: 11:40 a.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and sunny. I saw a large white disk-shaped object with a thick tail moving across the clear blue sky, from the northwest to the southeast. I watched it for several minutes, until it looked like a white cotton ball in the distance. When I first observed it, the object was less than one mile away. There was no sound.

Strange object seen crossing the sky until disappearing in the distance.

4 - December 5, 1990: Daytime sighting. Time: 9:05 a.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and sunny. I saw what appeared to be a vapour trail in the sky. Suddenly, it began to curve downward and reverse direction, heading back south. When completed, the "vapour traiI" looked like a white candy cane. Despite the bright sun, I never saw any object or reflection at the leading edge of this trail, indicating to me that this was not a conventional aircraft.

Unusual object with long tail.

5 - Summer 1991: Night time sighting. Time: Between 10:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and warm. While looking straight up at the sky, I saw three single flashes at 2-second intervals. All three lights flashed from different locations, describing a triangular pattern in the sky.

6 - Fall 1994: Night time sighting. Time: Approx. 9:05 p.m. Location: Whitefish, Ontario. Weather: Clear and cool. I saw a fast-moving, multi-coloured light in the presence of five other people. The only sound we heard was that of a passing plane, which was at a much lower altitude than the light.

7 - September 18, 1995: Evening sighting. Time: Between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and cool. After being contacted by a friend in Sudbury who said he saw something heading towards Hanmer, I drove my car to my favorite hilltop in order to have a good view of the sky above the village. After having looked towards the east, I took a glance towards the west, just in time to see two fast-moving, rapidly-flashing strobe lights as they flew towards the town of Capreol; they were less than half a mile away from me. The objects moved very fast, just like jets, but there was no sound. The leading object was further ahead, followed by the second. As they flashed past me, they reminded me of two sea urchins.

Two silent objects traveling at jet speed towards the north.

8 - May 2, 1996: Daytime sighting. Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear, sunny with large clouds. I was outside doing some gardening for my mom when, from the corner of my eye, I noticed something in the eastern sky, moving from south to north. I grabbed my camcorder and began to video tape the object. A friend of mine had seen unusual lights at about 3:00 a.m. the night before, so I had decided to set up my camcorder on its tripod, just in case I would see something. The object looked like a short cigar, moving amongst the clouds. Through my binoculars, I couldn't see any lumps, dark spots or shadowing on the object that would indicate it had wings, a tail fin, or a cockpit. The colour of it was pure white, but much brighter than the clouds. After entering and exiting a cloud bank, it took on a round shape. It later changed back to a cigar shape before finally going out of sight. There was no sound. I continued to watch the object with my binoculars after putting down the camcorder. One of my friends who saw the footage, described it as a piece of burning phosphorous.

Daytime UFO Sighting

9 - June 11, 1996: Night time sighting. Time: 2:45 a.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and warm. I was outside at a friend's house and through my binoculars, I saw a silent object that moved from south to north, 70 degrees above the horizon. It flashed seven times, at intervals of about six seconds while flying in a straight line. Once or twice, between the flashes, I could see a faint grey, oval-shaped object as it crossed the sky.

10 - August 24, 1996: Evening sighting. Time: 9:32 p.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and warm. I saw and video-taped an orange light as it flew between the Moon and Jupiter, from the northwest to the southeast. It looked like a faint oval light with a halo around it. On two occasions, it became almost as bright as Jupiter. Its appearance reminded me of the Hale-Bopp comet, with the exception of the colour. There was no sound.

Nightime UFO Sighting

11 - June 28, 1997: Night time sighting. Time: Between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. Location: Blind River, Ontario. Weather: Clear and warm. I saw two different objects appear out of nowhere near the Big Dipper, in the presence of three other people. The first object was deep red in colour and triangular in shape, with jagged edges. Within a split second, it was gone! A second and a half later, the second object appeared. It was oval-shaped and dark grey and flared up to a very large bright light every two seconds as it crossed the sky to the north. We watched it as it flared up eleven times before disappearing behind the treetops. No sound.

Unusual egg-shaped object crossing the sky towards the north.

12 - October 4, 1997: Evening sighting. Time: Between 8:00 and 8:15 p.m. Location: Hanmer, Ontario. Weather: Clear and cool. I confirmed someone else's sighting when I saw a single white light as it sped up, streaked to the east and suddenly disappeared.

13 - August 13, 1998: Night time sighting. Time: 10:06 p.m. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. Weather: Clear and warm. I saw a light which, at first, looked like Venus. But then, it moved away to the east-southeast and faded-out within seconds.

14 - December 7, 1998: Nighttime sighting. Time: Between 11:45 and 11:52 p.m. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. Weather: Clear and cold. I saw a bright white light "hovering" near the Copper Cliff Super stack. There was no flashing. The light eventually moved away from me towards the west and faded away.

15 - March 16, 2000: Evening sighting. Time: 9:45 p.m. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. Weather: Clear and cold. While riding in a station wagon with my two friends, I looked out the right rear passenger-side window and noticed a light up in the eastern sky, directly above Lake Ramsey. It was pinkish red in color and pulsated at the same rate as those found on some of the communication towers located around the city. But unlike the tower lights, it did not completely go out as it would pulse on and off. It appeared to be almost as big as a small aircraft, but oval in shape. As we went past the General Hospital, I kept looking in the sky and could no longer see the light, which was odd since it was at a fair height and would have been easily noticeable from the street we were on.

16 - March 26, 2000: Evening sighting. Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. Weather: Clear. My colleague Todd Fraser decided to cut his visit short, so I accompanied him outside and as we both stood there talking, I happened to look up in the sky (approx. 90 degrees) and spotted something strange in the sky. I saw what looked like a single bright flash*, then barely noticed a second one from the corner of my eye. As Todd looked on, I told him I was going upstairs to get my binoculars. When I came back, he said he'd seen two more flashes and told me to point my binoculars in the direction of the Big Dipper (south to north). Todd said the flashes seemed to be heading that way in a straight line. I kept looking up but never saw them again. In total, we estimate we saw four flashes at different points in the sky. These looked similar, but brighter than those I had seen during the summer of 1991.

* I call these lights "Jumpers" because they seem to flash once in one spot, then flash again somewhere else...sometimes a third or fourth time, then disappear for good. These are not the lights of an aircraft, helicopter or satellite.

17 - August 25, 2000: Late evening sighting. Time: 10:25 p.m. Location: Sudbury, Ontario, overlooking Lake Ramsey. Weather: Warm and clear. My buddy and I were taking a long walk along Lake Ramsey, watching a freight train as it rumbled by until it disappeared around the bend in the distance. As I looked toward the direction of the train, I noticed a red light which seemed to be at the water's edge. As we walked a few more yards, we watched in amazement as the red light suddenly zipped across Ramsey Lake, from west to east, more or less parallel to us. Within 5 seconds, it had disappeared behind another shoreline to our left. It seemed to travel at level flight with a speed comparable to that of a jet fighter. The light never flickered, remaining bright red, with an estimated size of a basketball or a beach ball at that distance. We waited and watched the lake for a few more minutes, but there was no wake or ripples on the water. Lights from surrounding camps and homes reflected in the lake on all sides, placing the object approximately in the middle of the lake. I estimated its height above the water between 5 and 10 feet, but I couldn't see any reflection from it on the surface of the water. We were at a higher vantage point, looking down at it at about a 20 degree angle or less. I have since gone back there in daytime, took a few pictures of the area, which does look different than at night time. But I am still positive we saw something highly unusual. The following daytime images show the movement of the red sphere as it was seen, that evening.

18 - April 18, 2001: Evening sighting. At around 9:31 p.m., I noticed a single light source crossing the sky from W.N.W. to E.S.E. for two minutes, then disappear in a cloud. It had no flashing lights and no audible sound.

19 - July 10, 2002: Daytime sighting. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. While waiting for the bus on my way to work, I was looking up at the clear blue sky and I noticed what first looked to be a seagull riding the thermals above downtown Sudbury, along with other birds. As this thing made a slight turn, it seemed to change shape and became a white smudge -- sort of circular but with an irregular edge -- just like looking at the bottom of a somewhat round object. It headed to the east towards New Sudbury, and as I kept watching it, it then looked like a very dark grey flying wing or flat piece of metal. Looking at it from behind, there seemed to be a red tinge on its rear, followed by a very bright glare as the Sun reflected on the left-hand surface. I looked at my watch which indicated 10:15 a.m. If I'm right, it took this thing about a minute and a half to two minutes to travel that distance. Now, it might have been an ultra-light, but I could not see anything (the cockpit) hanging from this "wing". Once I got to work, I phone the control tower at the Sudbury airport to tell them about this and ask them if they had any incoming flights for that time. All they said was that they don't necessarily get flight plans from anyone flying ultra-lights...which I knew. My eyesight is good...I know I saw something weird. Binoculars would have been helpful in "bringing in" the object, but my 7 x 35's are too bulky to carry around all the time, so I bought a small compact pair which I will carry with me...well, at least when I go to work.

ADDENDUM: On Thursday, September 5, at around 7:40 p.m. while waiting for my bus to go home, an ultralight glider flew over my head at approximately 600 feet. I watched it as it veered high above the New Sudbury shopping centre parking lot, heading south-east, until it went out of sight. At that distance, it looked nothing like the unknown object I spotted on July 10. This confirmed the fact that the object I had seen could not have been an ultralight aircraft...which would have been the only logical explanation for it, had the object been a conventional aircraft.

20 - March 8, 2005: Evening sighting. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. At around 7:40 p.m., I was waiting for my bus to go home after work when I spotted a flickering light moving erratically, from south to north. It was to the left of the Orion's Belt Constellation and moving straight, high up above my head. There was no discernible shape and it seemed to "jump" from one spot to another, while heading north. It was way too high to be a plane, and did not display the usual colored lights that aircraft have.

21 - March 22, 2005: Evening sighting. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. At around 7:42 p.m., I was again waiting for my bus after work when I spotted a white light out of the corner of my eye. I looked again to make sure it was moving...and it was, in a straight line heading southeast, between the Moon and the Orion's Belt constellation. It moved fairly fast and disappeared quickly at about 30° above the horizon.

22 - July 23, 2006: Late afternoon sighting. Location: Sudbury, Ontario. At around 5:30 p.m. that afternoon, I was outside lying on my hammock when I spotted a small white object that looked like a satellite, moving in a straight trajectory from west to east, at very high altitude above my apartment building. There was no tail or exhaust. (NOTE: A satellite cannot be seen in the daytime) I also saw seagulls flying high and in a somewhat straight path, but did not quite look the same. The sky was clear with some high clouds (ceiling was at approx 10,000 to 11,000 feet) through which this thing travelled. Winds were north-northwest. Sighting lasted about 15 seconds.

23 - September 19, 2006: Afternoon sighting. Location: Toronto, Ontario. At around 3 p.m., I was sitting in the backyard at my friend Errol's place where I was just relaxing and taking photos of the sunny sky during my holiday week in Toronto. I was trying out my new camera (Kodak P850) and its 10X digital zoom. After I took a photo of a particular cluster of clouds, I used the zoom button to close in on the photo of the cloud to see how good and clear the edges of the cloud would be. And near the white portion of the cloud, I noticed this white dot on the photo. And since planets and satellite cannot be seen in broad daylight, I'm guessing it has to be a UFO parked up there, a few miles up!

24 - 27 - July 11 & 12, 2009: Evening/night sightings. Locations: Blind River and Lake Duborne, respectively. After hearing about a lot of UFO sightings in Wiki, Elliot Lake and Blind River, I decided to go spend the weekend at my friend's place on the Mississagi River Indian Reserve, east of Blind River. Having seen UFOs there in 1997, I certainly was not surprised to see more, on those two separate evenings.

The first night was spent skywatching near the North Channel until 4 a.m. I was in the company of my friend Joan, her sister Marge, an OPP officer and her husband, along with Matthew Fish, documentary filmmaker. It was about 11:06 p.m. when we stood there and watched as the first object appeared from the west, near The Big Dipper, and headed east. It was bright white in color, and I estimated its height to be about 6,000 to 15,000 feet. No sound and no flashing lights.

Then later, at around 1:45 a.m., a second object appeared from the same direction as the first, and moved along the same trajectory. Matthew managed to get this one on digital video tape.

The second night was spent at Lake Duborne, north of Blind River, after having visited the lake in the daytime, and we stayed up, skywatching, until 3 a.m. At around 11:30 p.m., an orangy-red object appeared from behind a rocky outcrop to our left, moving from west to northeast. As it moved across the sky, its color changed to a light orangy-yellow, but still bright, and remained so until it disappeared behind the treeline on the other side of the lake. Again, I would say that its height was between 6,000 and 15,000 feet...maybe 20,000. And again, no sound or flashing lights of any kind.

Then, at around 1:15 a.m., a second object appeared from the west, and looked like something with a bright light at the front. At first, when I saw it, it looked like a brilliant light. But then, as it got half way over the lake, I noticed that half the object was dark, and the front portion was projecting light at the front, away from our eyes. It was weird because no light shone from the back as this thing moved away. No sound and no flashing lights. On both nights, I was using binoculars to observe the objects.

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