What is the possibility of other life forces in the universe? Have they visited the Lake Simcoe area? Rod Urquhart looks at these questions on the eve of the Alien Cosmic Expo, Sept. 21-22, 2019.
By Rod Urquhart – Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have been sighted in the Lake Simcoe watershed for years now – but are they all a hoax, or is there some truth in these constant viewings? Do they exist?
On the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which came out just prior to man’s first walk on the moon, Peter Howell, the Toronto Star’s movie critic asked the movie’s stars this very question. Actors Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea played Jupiter-bound astronauts Frank Poole and Dave Bowman. Here is what they had to say (The Star, Aug. 26, 2018):
Dullea: “I believe they may exist when you think about the fact that each galaxy has billions of stars, not millions, but billions .... just do the multiplication tables.”
Lockwood: “I concur with that. That’s why I believe there are other life forces in the universe. I think that it’s naive to think that we’re alone. ... I hear all these tales about some alien that crashed (in New Mexico) and they have him and only certain people get to see him. I hear all these stories, about UFOs and everything.”
What Lockwood is referring to is known as “Area 51”. You might have heard that it has something to do with UFOs and aliens.
Way out in the isolated high desert in Nevada sits a secret base – Area 51 – where the U.S. government hides its best secrets. Highly classified military vehicles and weapons are developed there: the Stealth fighter, the ‘Stars Wars’ SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) missile defence system and without a doubt a lot more otherworldly hi-tech that no one knows anything about. Miles of empty land surrounds the base and those who have dared to walk across its borders have been quickly arrested. More famously, it’s rumoured to be the crash site of a UFO.
As Stu Bundy, the former MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) National Director for Canada explained in an interview, when asked if UFOs exist, “It’s the most fascinating question of all. (If they exist) then it’s mind-blowing when you think about it.”
MUFON is the most widely known North American body for investigating UFO sightings. MUFON started in 1969 when Project Blue Book folded. MUFON uses the same classification system as Project Blue Book.
Project Blue Book were top secret investigations into UFOS and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952-1969. It was dramatized over the winter on the History Channel.
MUFON’s new National Director of Investigations, Ryan Stacey, age 32, who is a private investigator with Black Light Investigative and Surveillance Service in Midland, when he isn’t tracking down UFO sightings, says on the question of UFOs in the Lake Simcoe watershed: “There is a lot of activity in the area we just can’t explain. The government is certainly capable of producing aircraft that are unidentified, but who are piloting them? People are seeing things they can’t explain that don’t follow any guidelines ... it doesn’t mean they are alien, it doesn’t mean they don’t (exist) .... but videos exist.”
On June 1, 2018, Stacey completed the annual MUFON report for Canadian sightings, called the Canadian Current Event Survey for 2017 and it lists Barrie case 82604, complete with video and still photos of a UFO. It happened Feb. 27, 2017.
The following is what the eyewitness described to Stacey and MUFON:
“I pulled onto my street heading home and I noticed three bright lights in the sky – two red and one white, flashing very fast. I recorded it for a few seconds from my car, until the video went out of focus, then pulled into my driveway and went inside to tell people to come take a look. My brother-in-law came outside and saw it as well. I started to record again and as I did, it changed its white light to red and began pulsating slowly with the other two lights now turned off. It flickered its lights and changed the red pulsating light back to white and continued to pulsate. Then it went back to flashing again for the remainder of the time I watched it. It eventually vanished.”
After a thorough investigation by Stacey and MUFON, he had to close the case as an “unknown.”
A more recent sighting, Jan. 9, 2019, in Barrie, as recorded by MUFON, is reported like this:
“I was driving and two lights appeared out in the sky out of nowhere and were not of this world. The red lights appeared out of nowhere. They hovered and moved back and forth from each other. I felt uneasy .... this was very strange. They just vanished from the sky instantly.”
As reported in The Newmarket Era in October 2008, a group of 15 people watched in amazement as a glowing box-like structure sailed silently past them in the night sky of Willow Beach, Georgina. The Era reported that Robert Bedard of Whitby was one of the witnesses. He was there with his wife at her parents’ cottage on Churchill Lane.
“I said, ‘what the heck is that?’ Everyone on the balcony saw it, then five people came out of the house and saw it as well. It kind of came down the street and over the trees in about 30 seconds, completely silent. I ran around the side of the house and up the stairs of the deck and I could see it over the lake and then it went up into the sky. It was big, maybe 50 times bigger than a small plane.”
Mr. Bedard reported his sighting to Ufoinfo, a website which lists a number of sights and videos about UFOs over Lake Simcoe. Another sighting took place on Sept. 22, 2008, near Barrie, according to The Era article:
“I saw two of them tonight. It kind of freaked me out. I was looking at the Big Dipper and they appeared in the same locations, three minutes apart. They travelled and stopped, then blinked out after 30 seconds. It even was about three to four minutes each and two to three minutes apart. I don’t believe in UFOs, but I can tell you I won’t sleep well tonight. I see jets and aircraft pass every night. Please note, these were not jets or satellites. Jets and satellites don’t stop dead and move the other way.”
Lake Simcoe Outdoors website posted this sighting June 9, 2012:
“Around 10:30 last night, my wife told me to look out the forward hatch at a strange light in the sky. It was a glowing orange ball, not going fast enough to be an airplane. It had no navigation lights and made no sound. I estimated its altitude to be about 1,000 feet and travelling in a southerly direction. We went above deck and watched this thing for about six minutes. When we first noticed it, it was approximately over Thorah Island. At the end of the sighting, it gained altitude very quickly and split into two balls and then vanished. When it vanished, I would guess it was about halfway to Pefferlaw. Too bad it was out of range of my paint ball rifle or I would have blasted the hell out of it.”
And this sighting on Lake Drive in Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe, recorded in November, 1997, thanks to Brian Vike, director of HBCC UFO Research and host of the Vike Report:
“My son and I were walking to the store in the evening. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was in November. Suddenly we saw what was a falling star and we both pointed to it and said, ‘Look, a shooting star’. Then it stopped, it stayed in place for a couple of minutes, then took a different direction from its original course. We just looked at each other and said, ‘Wow. What was that?’ We talked to some people and one man, a retired teacher, said he saw many UFOs around that area.”
And this one, on Oct. 6, 2010, in Innisfil, overlooking Lake Simcoe:
And according to the UFO Hunters website, there was another sighting in Orillia, on May 10, 2016:
“I was on my deck at 3:30 a.m. in the summer of 2016, when a three- to five-foot cloud 20 feet off the ground appeared slowly moving across the roadway, then stopping over the peak of my mobile home. The whole event lasted five minutes.”
And this one from Keswick, thanks to UFO Hunters with the NUFORC source, on Dec. 5, 2016:
“There was a silent, white light/sphere in the sky. The light fades, then disappears, then comes back and disappears again. Looking at the stars, I saw a bright light moving farther away. The light disappears and then comes back and then fades out. No sound and no flashing light like an aircraft (we live in a fly zone). We thought it was a star until it began to move to the east. It was dropping altitude then as the light faded out. It reappeared and headed towards the south and disappeared.”
MUFON investigated 222 cases across Canada from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017. Of those 222 cases, 65 cases were in Ontario and of those cases in Ontario, 32 remain ‘unknown.’
For those who want to find out more, Bundy (mentioned earlier) is planning an Alien Cosmic Expo, at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, on Sept. 21-22, 2019. It’s a conference on the scientific study of extraterrestrial life and occurrences.
Whether you believe in UFOs or not, something is being seen in the sky over the lake – and the question remains, what are these phenomena?
Article by Rod Urquhart, painting by Sam Logan.
Rod Urquhart is the author of three books – two humour books ‘Talk Turkey With Urqey’ and ‘Tales For The Outhouse,’ and one poetry book, ‘Life Lines.’ All three are available at the Georgina Art Centre and Gallery in downtown Sutton and at Amazon.ca. Life Lines is also available at the IC online bookstore, http:/icbookstore.ca/lifelines.
Sam Logan is a renowned artist living in Vancouver. Sam’s love of colour, use of geometry and fine draftsmanship merge with a highly original vision to create an art that is alive and exciting. He is better known as Gastown Sam, where he sets up his easel daily. Check out: www.gastownsam.com.