area has rich history of UFO sightings
June of 1992, on the advice of a friend, I began looking
through The Sudbury Star on microfilm for UFO news clippings,
not knowing what I was getting myself into.
time and determination, I managed to sift through the
newspaper, page by page, and pull out a good number of
articles. Now, I've finally completed the search, the
results of which have been compiled at the main branch
of the Sudbury Public library on Mackenzie Street.
were 14 daytime sightings and 39 nighttime sightings,
some of which were observed at very close range.
I found was that Sudbury has a rich history of UFO sightings
which not too many people were aware of.
June 1947 and December 1989, there were 362 articles pertaining
to the subject of flying saucers and UFOs. Of these, 216
were of actual sightings of mysterious objects both in
the sky and on the ground. These reports originated in
other countries, including Finland, China, South Africa,
Australia, Europe, South America and the United States.
reports included everything from observations of UFO occupants
near landed craft to sightings of fast-moving objects
seen from airliners.
these, I was able to gather 140 Canadian cases, of which
119 were from the province of Ontario alone. Of those,
51 reports originated in Sudbury and surrounding areas,
including Manitoulin Island. I then took these reports
and broke them down into two separate categories: daytime
and nighttime observations.
total, there were 14 daytime sightings and 39 nighttime
sightings, some of which were observed at very close range.
the research, I was also able to make the following distinctions:
the years 1953, 1954, 1961, 1967 and 1975 were periods
of high UFO activity, while the years 1955, 1956, 1962
and 1970 were periods of low UFO activity.
are slight variations between these periods of activity
and the other worldwide waves of sightings.
are a few examples of some of the happenings that took
place in Sudbury and elsewhere in the province:
Warren, March 20, 1948. Two produce truck drivers
are followed by an 80-foot long object with 20-foot long
orange sparks shooting from the rear.
Sudbury, Jan. 31 - Feb. 24, 1953. Two "flying
torpedoes" are observed for 30 minutes over Copper
Cliff. Subsequent sightings are made while the RCAF investigates
Hamilton, April 4, 1966. A 13-year-old boy touches
an antenna of a landed object, which results in a curved
burn on his hand.
Ottawa, Nov. 13, 1973. A family of five is chased
by a UFO down Highway 417 at speeds up to 100 miles an
Bracebridge, Oct. 9, 1975: Robert Suffern of Three
Mile Lake nearly runs over a small creature with his car.
A few minutes later, he notices an object as it ascends
into the sky.
Cooper, June 12, 1976: A UFO lands near Belleville
and displaces three large pieces of earth in a field.
articles refer to strange events which have been associated
with UFO activity, such as the massive 1965 power blackout
which left 30 million homes in darkness and another power
interruption on March 26, 1970, which affected Fecunis
Mine and Levack Mine in Onaping Falls.
next project will be to search through The Sault Star
on microfilm for similar reports. I already have in my
possession some very interesting cases from Sault Ste.
Marie and surrounding areas. I hope to be done with that
newspaper in a couple of years or less. And when I do,
this information will be compiled into a book on Northern
Michel M. Deschamps is MUFON provincial section
director in Sudbury and is a UFO researcher/historian