Source: The Canadian UFO Survey


The 2004 Canadian UFO Survey: Summary of Results

- There were 882 UFO sightings reported in Canada in 2004 C or
  more than two each day.

- There were about 31 per cent more UFO reports in 2004 than
  2003. The number of UFO reports filed per year in Canada
  has been increasing steadily since 1998.

- Records show that more than 5,000 UFO sightings have been
  officially reported in Canada since 1989.

- Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
  Newfoundland and Quebec all had all-time record high numbers
  of UFOs reported in 2004.

- In 2004, about 15 per cent of all UFO reports were
  unexplained. This percentage of unknowns falls to about
  seven per cent when only high-quality cases are considered.

- Most UFO sightings have more than one witness.

- The typical UFO sighting lasted almost 20 minutes in 2004.

The most important findings of this study include the fact that the number of UFO sightings in Canada has increased over the past sixteen years, and 2004 saw an all-time record high number of sightings reported. People continue to report observing unusual objects in the sky, and some of these objects do not have obvious explanations. Many witnesses are pilots, police and other individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgement. Although most reported UFOs are simply lights in the night sky, a significant number are objects with definite shapes observed within the witnesses= frame of reference.

Popular opinion to the contrary, there is yet to be any incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases involve extraterrestrial contact. The continued reporting of UFOs by the public and the yearly increase in numbers of UFO reports suggests a need for further examination of the phenomenon by social, medical and/or physical scientists.

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