Get Mulder and Scully on the phone, there might be an X-File right here in Guelph.
According to Manitoba-based Ufology Research, there were four reports of UFOs in Guelph last year. There was only one report in 2016 and none in 2015.
They were part of the 1,101 reported across Canada in 2017, says Ufology Research, which has been tracking data since 1989.
There were 10 reports in Kitchener, one in Waterloo and two in Acton last year.
The four Guelph reports were:
On March 31 irregular lights described as “searchlight beams projected onto clouds”
On July 19 a report of a “starlike” object with “erratic movements.”
On September 14 there was a red “starlike light began moving in multiple directions” that flickered off.
On October 3 there was a report of a metallic object “hovering in treetops in bird sanctuary” that apparently included a photo.
“This is the fifth year in a row that UFO reports in Canada are at or above this level,” says the 2017 report, which can be seen in its entirety here.
Quebec led the way with 518 reports, with Ontario having 241.
It says in 2017, about 8 per cent of all UFO reports were judged unexplained.
“This percentage of ‘unknowns’ falls to less than one per cent when only higher-quality cases are considered.”
It says there is an average of two witnesses per UFO sighting and the typical UFO sighting lasts roughly 15 minutes.
“The study found that 43 per cent of all UFO sightings were of simple lights in the sky.”
But many reports remain unexplained.
“Many witnesses are pilots, police and other individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgment.
“Although the largest percentage of reported UFOs is simply lights in the night sky, a small number are objects with definite shapes observed within the witnesses’ frame of reference.”
Ufology Research uses information found from other UFO organizations, government sources, witness reports, media and internet posts.
Some of the more unusual reports include:
“Object followed witnesses, shone beam on car; missing time?” in Prince Albert, SK.
“Objects approached campers, stopped, then moved away north” in Saint-Jean Baptiste, Que.
“Photo of a gray alien, blurry” in Montreal, Que.
“My dog and I were abducted; 5 hours missing” in Salisbury, NB.
“Radio making strange noises, orange line in sky moving fast,” in Chicoutimi, Que.
“Ball with "protrusions" came into view, hovered, moved off” in Kananatsis, AB.
“Ball of light appeared, grew in size, took off W at "impossible" speed” in Surrey, BC.
“Witness woke up in sitting position; stationary obj. just vanished” in Aurora, Ont.