UFO sightings around Halloween more common in Mississauga, Hamilton, Oakville, Oshawa
Published October 18, 2023 at 11:48 am
Come Halloween, ghosts and spirits aren’t the only spooky sightings residents in Mississauga, Hamilton, Oakville and Oshawa report.
As we draw closer to “All Hallows’ Eve”, a look up at the sky on a nighttime walk can reveal something a little more supernatural, a little more unexplained.
Nowhere in Canada is the reported spotting of a UFO (unidentified flying object) more common than in Ontario.
According to data collected since 1998 by experts at BonusFinder Canada, an online gambling website, there have been 486 reported UFO sightings each October across the country.
And the best chance of spotting a UFO this Halloween is here in Ontario, with 199 reported sightings. That’s more than the 150 reported by runner up Saskatchewan and 89 per cent more than Manitoba since 1998.
“This comprehensive new information paints a fascinating picture of the modern UFO mystery, at a time when the subject is making the news all around the world,” said Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the British government. “The new data will be of interest to anyone intrigued about UFOs, and might even assist NASA, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. intelligence community, who are all working on UFO studies where identifying possible hotspots could be useful.”
In the spirt of Halloween, BonusFinder Canada decided to research which Canadian province has the highest chance of spotting a UFO this holiday. To determine the volume and duration of sightings across the country, experts analyzed data from the National UFO Reporting Centre State Report Index dating back to 1998.
The most recent sighting in the province was in Orangeville just before Halloween on Oct. 29, 2022.
The report showed an “abundance” of visual evidence, including hundreds of standard photos and high-definition HDR images captured with astro cams.
“It’s difficult to tell whether we’re seeing a genuine spike in UFO sightings – and if so, what this means – or whether what’s happening is that a higher proportion of sightings is being reported, as a result of the current mainstream media coverage of this subject,” said Pope. “Sometimes the fear of being disbelieved or ridiculed can dissuade people from coming forward, but the stigma has decreased sharply in recent years as a result of the U.S. Navy UFO videos, interest from the U.S. Congress, and numerous other revelations about military UFO sightings and government engagement on the subject.
“The subject has come out of the fringe and into the mainstream, which has led to lots more people speaking out about their own sightings and encounters.”
According to the study, Ontario has had the highest number of total alleged UFO sightings in Canada at 2,416, each of which lasting an average of 14.42 minutes.
Most of these sightings, said the study, consisted of seeing bright or flashing lights in the sky. In one sighting, a Scarborough resident spotted two objects flying together at high speed on July 6th last year. Other sightings included an orange-red circle flying north to south over Toronto in 2021.
“One of the big surprises was the average duration of sightings,” said Pope. “People have this idea that UFOs are here one minute, gone the next, with sightings lasting only a few seconds, and with witnesses getting only a brief glimpse. The new data shows that people are seeing UFOs for much longer periods of time than is commonly realized, which is why we’re getting more and more photos and videos, as people have time to take out their smartphones.”
Data for the study is correct up to February 15, 2023. The full dataset can be found here.
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