Yes, the 2020 Canadian UFO Survey is now out. To view it, visit Ufology Research.
It turns out that 2020 was an exceptional year for UFOs, as well as being a strange year for all of us because of the pandemic.
Here are some highlights:
There were 1,243 UFO sightings recorded in Canada in
2020, an increase of 46 per cent over 2019. Despite the pandemic and lockdowns, this was one of the highest total
numbers of UFO reports recorded in a single year since the annual Canadian UFO
Survey began in 1989.
Data showed that during the early stages of the pandemic,
during the first quarter of 2020, UFO report numbers surged significantly from
151 in 2019 to 259 in 2020. As the pandemic took hold in Canada in the second
quarter of 2020, UFO report numbers surged to 354 cases, up from only 222 in
2019. This trend continued throughout 2020.
There are now more than 22,000 Canadian UFO reports in
the Ufology Research database, just from 1989-2020. (A project is underway to
document Canadian UFO reports previous to 1989.)
In 2020, about 13 per cent of all UFO reports were
classified as unexplained, but more than 26 per cent had definite explanations.
The remaining cases had either possible explanations or insufficient
information for evaluation.
In 2020, Ontario led all Canadian provinces with 30 per
cent of all Canadian UFO reports, up from 20 per cent in 2019, followed by
Quebec (24 per cent, down from 2019) and BC (17 per cent, unchanged from 2019).
Manitoba was the only other province that showed a decrease in
UFO reports from 2019, from 78 to only 42 in 2020.
Maritime provinces had a dramatic increase in reported
UFO sightings, rising from 39 reports in 2019 to 130 in 2020.
Since 1989, Ufology Research (formerly Ufology Research
of Manitoba) has solicited UFO case data from known and active investigators
and researchers in Canada. The goal has been to provide data for use by
researchers trying to understand this controversial phenomenon.
2020 marked the 32nd year of collecting and analysing
Canadian UFO report data by Ufology Research. With some gaps in data, tables of
most Canadian UFO reports included in the annual surveys from 1989 to the
present are available online.
The most obvious indication of something being unusual in 2020 UFO data is the distribution of cases over the year. The double peak in April and August is particularly striking.
Was this because of COVID? Or was it because of several factors such as Starlink satellite launches combined with the lockdowns? One suggestion, that it was because of media attention to the “Tic Tac” UFO story and the impending US Intelligence report on UFOs, would be reasonable, but that would not explain the sharp drop in June reports. Besides, it is known that current UFO reports are not necessarily linked to current media, but often precipitate reporting of older experiences.
It’s also interesting to compare Ufology Research data analyses with other studies. American ufologist Cheryl Costa, for example, has been doing fine work by crunching UFO data as well. What’s curious is that her graph of monthly UFO report numbers is very different:
Specifically, while the April peak is in the US data, the second August peak that is in Canadian data is absent. Costa notes that the March/April American peak is due to: “the result of COVID lockdown giving people more leisure
time, a known driver of sighting reports.”
Another difference is that Costa notes: “usually the 4th of July spike dominates the chart. In
2020 there weren’t as many fire works events scheduled due to shutdowns.” Yet Canada’s national holiday featuring fireworks is in July as well, and showed high numbers of reports.
Clearly, some other factors are involved in the variances in Canadian UFO report numbers and the differences between the two countries.
Of all the 1,243 reports recorded in 2020, while about 13 per cent were classed as Unexplained, when looking only at Higher-Quality cases with high Reliability, the field was narrowed considerably.
The following are the best of the bunch, mostly in the witnesses’ own words. Some might have simple explanations despite their classifications:
Higher Quality Unknowns in Canada in 2020
2020 1 23 1700 Toronto ON c1 180 silver 1 other 8 4 NUFORC u
“7ft long UFO came within 5ft and folded in on itself”
I was shoveling snow on my balcony when I saw something
in my peripheral vision. When I looked up it was about four or five feet away
from me, levitating above a roof. It was about 7 feet long, silver on both
sides with two black (not sure how to describe them) at each end. Almost like
camera shutters. It had no noise at all. I stood there staring at it and the
one side kind of folded… I went to the end of the balcony to get a better
look and it was gone, or I couldn’t see it.
2020 1 23 2303 Guelph ON nd 1 cylinder 7 5 MUFON u
“2 craft escorting another cylinder shaped craft”
I saw a plane with 2 bright lights following it. I know
planes do not travel so closely together so it caught my eye. As the plane
moved I identified it because of its flashing lights. I tried to see if the
other object had flashing lights — they didn’t. The plane started to go
in a different direction and then the other objects traveled alone. The one in
front turned into two and the one behind “went off” and I saw a massive
circular object as if it was being escorted by the two in front. I pulled my
phone out and managed to get a pic of the two in the front. They were moving at
least 4 times faster than the original plane had been. I tried to take a video
but the objects were so fast moving they disappeared heading in the direction
of Kitchener from Guelph.
2020 2 3 1506 Whistler BC nd 600 2 cylinder 8 3 NUFORC u
“tube shaped snow formation” with tan disc
shaped ufo going in and out”
We saw a tubelike snow formation with the sun shining
through from behind. We took a photo and later upon examination there appeared
to be saucer shaped objects flying into the formation as well as bright pink
spots of light. We were on top of Backcomb Mountain looking down after exiting
7th Heaven chairlift.
2020 2 3 1630 Cochrane AB nd 15 grey 2 triangle 7 5 NUFORC u
“triangle shaped craft stationary, spun in spot then
Driving with my son westbound on RR 262, I noticed a grey
pie-shaped object in the sky out of my driver side window. I alerted my son to
look at it and he spotted it right away. As I was driving, I had my attention
divided between the road ahead and the object in the sky to my left. I took four
or five 2-3 second glances at the object, which seemed to be standing
stationary in the sky. The object began to rotate, appeared to turn black then
disappeared. After it turned black I looked away to check the road and when I
looked back it was gone. No trail, nothing. Very clear sky with high visibility
and ceiling. I have binoculars in my truck which I quickly passed to my son earlier
on in the sighting, and he struggled to find it through the binoculars, but he
watched for the first 10 seconds or so. The object was triangular in shape. It
looked proportionately like a thick piece of cake.. The tail end was also “v”
shaped or possibly described as a shallow chev! ron shape when observed from
directly below. There were no windows, lights, lines or markings on the objects
surface and the edges were all rounded. Within 1 min of us seeing the object we
witnessed a military plane flying in the direction of our sighting.
2020 3 25 2015 Sparta ON nl 120 1 ps 7 5 MUFON u
“pulsating light that moved erratically and reappeared in
Just as I was at the crest of the hill leading down into
the valley, and before descending down into the valley, a bright streak of a
light caught my eye. I later realized that it appeared as a streak because the
light was fairly slowly pulsating as it appeared, and my movement made it
appear as a streak. But then I stood still, anticipating seeing the light
appear again, as is usually the case with evenly-timed flashing lights of an
overhead airplane passing by. But it took longer for me to see the light
reappear than any aircraft I’ve seen before. When it did reappear (about 2-3
seconds later), it was in a different location than I would’ve predicted. I
expected it to be farther along a straight flight path because of longer timed
intervals, but it actually appeared in an entirely non-predictable location
somewhat farther to the left. At least 2 or 3 seconds later, the pulsating
light reappeared again but farther to the right and somewhat higher (the light
seemed to be moving away at a low angle, so I expected it to reappear somewhat
lower, not higher, the next time it reappeared, if it was following a straight
flight path leading away from me). There was another non-uniformly timed
interval before the pulsating light reappeared again, and again in a random
position that my mind would not have expected if it were following a straight
flight path. This pulsating light gradually brightened when it appeared and
then gradually faded, which took approximately 1-2 seconds maximum in total
time during each I saw it appear. I estimate that I saw the pulsating light
appearing and disappearing in unexpected random positions, and at random time
intervals between pulsations (intervals between pulsations ranged between 3 – 6
seconds); pulsations occurred approximately 8 different times. And then I did
not see the light reappear again at all, and it if was an aircraft, I would
definitely have continued to see the aircraft’s light continue to flash,
consistently, quick-flashing, and for a much longer duration, before it
traveled beyond visible distance. But this randomly somewhat gently-pulsating,
random positioned light just suddenly stopped reappearing in the plain open
This was not an aircraft. It is
physically impossible for any aircraft to move in the pattern that this (or
these) pulsating light(s) appeared. And I would’ve been able to follow the
flight path of any aircraft for much longer than I viewed this pulsating light.
It was pure clear sky, and yet it suddenly stopped appearing in random
staggered locations in a manner that would be impossible for any typical
aircraft escaped my continued viewing.
The random timing between the
pulsations, and the random, unpredictable or staggered locations, makes me
absolutely certain without any mistake that this was not lights from an
aircraft from our planet. This also was not any satellite, nor helicopter. I
looked at videos of Chinese lanterns, and this was not like any of the videos
showing Chinese lanterns, and I live in a very remote, rural area, and the
location where I saw these lights excludes that as a possibility.
2020 3 27 2100 Ottawa ON nd 2 white 1 boomerang 7 5 MUFON u
“boomerang ufo with brightly lit tips and dimmed circular
center travelling fast through the sky”
I was standing on my balcony looking at how bright the
moon was tonight. Then I looked away from the west towards the north and I saw
this object that appeared to me to be boomeranged shaped, with a light at both
tips. The center appeared as if there was a dimmer circular light about twice
the size of a tip. It flew as if gliding in a straight line going much faster
than any plane I’ve ever seen. I was gone in the North in one instant.
2020 4 18 132 Innisfil ON nd 900 red 1 triangle 7 5 MUFON u
“triangle shaped formation with red light in the center
I was driving West, not far from home and on a side
street that has farmland all around, so it’s very dark. From behind the trees came
this white light in the center and reddish lights in a triangular formation
pulsating back and forth and then pulsating from the center light. The
direction it was headed was South. It was flying low and the reddish orange
lights seemed fixated to the center light, but didn’t appear attached. It
disappeared behind the trees on the South side of the road, but I was curious
to see more, so I drove past my street to where there’s an elevated bridge. I
stopped at the bridge and the lights continued to fly low in the South
direction. It disappeared over a distant hill and that was the last I saw it.
2020 4 22 2200 Saskatoon SK nl 60 1 ps 7 5 MUFON u
“2 lights moving at horizon, then moved together and
I saw two star-like lights meandering on the horizon. At
first I thought they were airplanes, but the movement was shifting left right,
in a coordinated manner. After about 15 seconds, the two lights moved together
towards the east and abruptly disappeared.
2020 4 22 2325 Red Deer AB nd 5 black 1 rectangle 7 8 MUFON u
“rectangle craft came down out of clouds (had green/yellow
lights under it)”
Stepped outside and saw two satellites moving to the SE
directly above Red Deer Alberta. Suddenly, a light caught my eye moving rapidly
from SE to NW. Sighting was approximately five
seconds. Absolutely clear view of an object moved into low sparse cloud
and disturbed the cloud as it passed. The object was rectangular, grey/black in
color, with two large lights facing down. The lights were not particularly
bright, yellow/green in color but proportionately very large compared with the
rectangular object. The sighting took about five seconds, and was a very clear
image. I have 20/20 Vision.
2020 5 22 2237 Barrie ON nd 300 white 1 ps 7 7 MUFON u
“Bright object moving SW”
At first I was looking into the sky towards the West from
my backyard patio and saw a bright object moving SW with pulsating a bright
white light. Then it disappeared and reappeared travelling in the opposite
direction NE and it moved upward vertically and disappeared while pulsating. I
was very excited and asked it to show itself for my wife to see, but my wife
left. I then re-entered the house and just a moment later I went out on the
backward patio again and there it was again showing up pulsating light like
never before. I waved and got more response by light pulsation.
2020 5 26 2215 Tottenham ON nl 600 multi 1 ps 7 5 MUFON u
“star like light moving in erratic way and flashing
Star sized flashing red and green object with no specific
pattern. Could be red for 1 min then flash green and red then be green for 1
min. Saw it at about 45 deg over the horizon due south. Then moved straight
north to then veer southeast to a full stop for a few minutes. Then it started
to go north to disappear and reappear going north and then started to go S. It
stopped in the North at about 45 deg above the horizon. I tried to take a
picture with my phone but was way too small to be captured. I tried to zoom but
was just a big blur.
2020 7 24 2011 Pickle Lake ON dd 2 irregular 6 7 TC u “
“obj. 3 feet in diameter passed over right wing of
aircraft; nothing on radar”
The pilot of a North Star Air Ltd. aircraft from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sachigo Lake, ON (CZPB) reported
an object passing over their right wing, approximately 3 feet in diameter. No
traffic on radar in the vicinity.
2020 8 30 2030 Ottawa ON nd 3600 2 boomerang 6 6 NUFORC U
“dark boomerang shaped object with lights hovered then
slowly moved away”
I saw a blinking light, similar to strobe light. At first
I assumed it was a plane or a helicopter, but after a minute or so, the light
didn’t move. Only the blinking light was visible. The object was in a clearing
between the clouds. During dusk, it was still pretty bright, so I took my
binoculars an looked at the source of light. I saw an object, dark in color,
chevron shaped. Facing me with one side, blinking light in equal time intervals
. Looked like the object had the same light on the other side of it. Smaller
lights were visible on the bottom of the object, changing colors from green to
blue and purple. My wife witnessed the object as well and confirmed the shape
and lights. After around 20 min hovering in the same spot, 70 degrees above the
horizon, the object began to move Westbound.
Results of this study show that many people continue to
report 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.
Numbers of reported UFO sightings remain high. Several
theories for this can be suggested: more UFOs are present and physically
observable by witnesses; more secret or classified military exercises and
overflights are occurring over populated areas; more people are unaware of the
nature of conventional or natural objects in the sky; more people are taking
the time to observe their surroundings; more people are able to report their
sightings with easier access to the Internet and portable technology; or even
that the downturn in the economy is leading to an increased desire by some
people to look skyward for assistance.
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.
Popular opinion to the contrary, there is no
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.
Images of UFOs representative of what are seen and photographed
March 8, 2021, Ontario
Posted by R.E to Facebook group: UFOs Above Canada
September 23, 2017, Alberta Beach, Alberta
Posted by R.T to Facebook group: UFOs Above Canada
2020, Northern Ontario
Posted by T.F. to Facebook group: UFOs Above Canada
December 4, 2020, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Posted by Y.D. to Facebook group: UFOs Above Canada
Thank you to organizations and individuals whose data were included in the Canadian UFO Survey. Many cases were posted originally to Facebook groups such as UFOs Above Canada and PEI UFO INFO.
Special thanks go out to those who assisted in the production of the Canadian UFO Survey: Geoff Dittman, Ashley Kircher, Jason Carignan, and Sarah A.
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