9 Montreal UFO Sightings That Have Never Been Explained
From the 1970s onward, here are some of the strangest and most well-known UFO sightings to ever occur in Montreal, almost all of which can simply not be explained.
The Little Italy Rooftop Sighting of 1977
When 58-year old Florida Malbouef was kept awake until the wee hours of the morn on January 6th, 1977, she didn’t expect to see (what she claimed to be) a UFO.
Kept awake ’til 1:30am due to a bronchial condition, Ms. Malbouef, who lived at 6420 Casgrain in Little Italy, witnessed what she described as a 15-foot-in-diameter “large oyster” that was drifting in the sky, approaching her home.
According to Malbouef, the floating disc landed on a rooftop of a building only 60 feet away. Things only got stranger, as Malbouef went on to describe two thin, six-foot individuals robed in tight white uniforms that exited the “ship,” only to stare into the dark sky, then return to their mysterious vehicle.
Malbouef’s tale is definitely fantastical, and given the fact that there were no other witnesses, it can’t be corroborated. Still, the Journal de Montreal saw enough of a story to report on the event, and Malbouef’s experience is still regarded as the first major UFO sighting in the city of Montreal.
The UFO Squadron Sighting Of 1973
When a professional academic reports a UFO sighting, you need to take it a bit more seriously than some random citizen. And Marc Leduc, a physics teacher at École PolyvalenteÉdouard-Montpetit in the 1970s, along with a member of the investigative team UFO Quebec, didn’t just see a single UFO, but an entire fleet.
Recounting his story to the Gazette in 1978, Leduc, on the eve of August 10th, 1973, received an array of calls from individuals in St. Bruno reporting a UFO sighting.
Leduc decided to investigate, and witnessed a “squadron of UFOs flash across the sky from south to north.” In an effort to prove the veracity of his sighting, Leduc commented that the UFOs moved as quickly as a shooting star, but lasted far too long in the sky to be one, or a meteor.
Steadfast in his opinion, even though he discredits many other UFO sighting, Leduc firmly stated “I know they were UFOs.”
The Lake Baskatong Sighting of 1978
UFO expert Marc Leduc (see above) predicted 1978 to be a “busy year” for UFO sightings in Quebec, and he wasn’t wrong, as this sighting demonstrates.
Two citizens of Île-Perrot went camping at La Vérendrye park on Saturday, March 11th, 1978, specifically by Lake Baskatong. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the pair suddenly saw an object “hurtle out of the sky” which sent them in a fit of fear fleeing the scene.
Once the duo recovered their wits, they returned to the lake, only to see what they said was a UFO “hovering silently over the water” for about 30 seconds.
Despite capturing a photo of the alleged UFO, the Île-Perrot pair couldn’t convince officials, since the clarity of the image was quite poor.
The Town of Mount Royal Sighting of 1985
Apparently UFOs have a thing for middle-aged Montreal women, as another, who solely went by the name of Mildred in the original Gazette article, spotted another extraterrestrial-like object in the sky on April 17th, 1985.
At about 1am, Mildred and her husband were sleeping, only to be awoken by a sound “like hundreds of firecrackers” being set off above her house. Mildred and her man went to her bedroom window that faces Jarry Park, only to see a “fiery red ball low in the sky moving…deliberately northeast.”
In Mildred’s account, the object had a very bright “beehive effect” that “lit up the sky for an hour and a half.” Intense noise was also reported, described “like gunshots or firecrackers” accompanied by “static, static from hundreds of radios.”
Mildred wasn’t alone in her sighting, as the air traffic control centre at the Dorval airport reported that two other individuals called in between 11pm and 1am, both concerned about a red and white oval-like object.
Even though Mildred’s story is somewhat backed up by other reported sightings, none described theexact same object as she saw. Plus, Mildred’s husband was concerned so little that he actually went back to sleep, which doesn’t seem like the proper response when you see a huge floating red orb in the sky. Still, something was seen, we don’t know what.
The Place Bonaventure Incident of 1990
Easily the most famous and well-known UFO sighting in Montreal history, the event now known as the Place Bonaventure Incident is quite different from other like circumstances mostly because of the large number of reputable individuals who confirmed some form of object was seen in the sky, from reporters, to police officers, to RCMP officials.
The Place Bonaventure Incident began on the evening of November 7th, 1990, at 7:20pm, when a woman swimming in the rooftop pool of the downtown hotel saw a large, light-emitting object in the sky.
A chain reaction of sorts began when the woman reported the sighting to a nearby lifeguard, who then told a security guard, who then got in touch with a La Presse newspaper reporter and the police. From there, the RCMP, military, Dorval and Mirabel airport officials, and even NASA were contacted, none of whom could explain the unidentified flying object.
In a feature conducted by CBC, the police officer on the scene of the event described seeing a gigantic metallic round object that projected beams of light into the sky. The same was seen by all onlookers, with the sighting lasting nearly three hours, from 7:20pm to 10:10pm.
Skeptics have cited the sighting to merely be the Northern Lights, a mundane theory discredited by the fact that Montreal’s light pollution would make seeing the aurora borealis next to impossible.
Montreal-based UFO researcher Bernard Guénette and ex-NASA scientist Dr. Richard Haines wrote a report on The Place Bonaventure Incident, and while they couldn’t confirm the origin of the object, they did conclude “the existence of a highly unusual, hovering, silent large object is indisputable.”
The Côte St. Luc Sighting of 2010
When Dr. Cleve Ziegler was driving home in Côte St. Luc on Wednesday, September 30th, 2010, he couldn’t help but notice a strange object in the night sky.
Getting out of his car at around 12:30am, Ziegler reported seeing “many little sparkly red and blue lights” on some sort of object that “had a changing shape, morphing from something that looked triangular to something that looked like a trapezoid,” as he told CBC.
After calling the police, Ziegler learned many other Côte St. Luc residents reported the same sighting, with most believing the mysterious airborne object to be some sort of UFO.
A director at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada didn’t have much of an explanation for the sighting, saying it “definitely…is not something astronomical” but could only offer “a sort of balloon,” a “strobe light” or “a powerful laser” as possible origins. Definitely not the most compelling (or even believable) of theories for such a sighting.
The Daytime Over Montreal Sighting of 2012
On June 6th, 2012, a Montrealer reported to have been simply chilling out on his back balcony saw a strange red object floating in the sky. According to the eye witness, the flying object was 2000-3000 feet in the sky and continuously flew north and then back south for about 40 minutes.
Lacking any news coverage or other witnesses, it’s hard to confirm even the slightest possibility of this UFO sighting, even though a video was captured of the event. As we all know, such videos could easily be edited, though you can still take a look above for yourself.
The Strange Lights In The Sky Sighting of 2013
At about 11:35pm on August 5th, 2013, a lone Montrealer reported seeing three orange lights from their bedroom window, which hovered left to right in what was described as a “weird manner.”
A short time later, a fourth orange orb appeared, this one as large as a light found on a helicopter. No noise was emanated from these dancing lights, all of which gradually disappeared from the night sky.
Given that this is an anonymous posting on the Paranormal Studies & Investigations Canada, aka PSICAN (yes, it’s a thing), there’s little evidence to prove anything was seen on the night of this alleged UFO sighting. Nevertheless, the witness described the event as “the coolest experience of my life” so at least they had some fun.
The TVA Live Report “Glowing Orb” 2014
Here’s a UFO sighting that is still in the city’s recent memory: the mysterious glowing green orb captured on a live TVA broadcast.
Filmed on the eve of October 2nd, the flying green ball can be seen directly behind Colette Provencher’s head, descending from the right to the left, glowing green, then orange, then disappearing altogether. You can check it out for yourself in the video above, or see our play-by-play from last year here.
The sighting wasn’t limited to Montreal, either, as individuals in Ontario, Connecticut, New Jersey, and other areas also reported seeing the strange glowing orb.
Experts have stated that the ball of light could not be a meteor, as they tend to light up the entire light sky when they pass through, which didn’t occur during this sighting. An official confirmation of what the green orb was has never been concluded, so there’s no reason to say it wasn’t a UFO.
Cathy had been rehearsing for the spring musical production at her downtown Buffalo high school. It was a rather cold March evening in 2014 at around 11 p.m. when her mom picked her up from school. Shortly after entering Interstate 90 going south toward their home in West Seneca, NY, they saw several UFOs.
“We saw six or seven glowing orbs, right over the local grain elevators,” Cathy said.
Cathy originally thought the glowing orbs might have been plastic bags with candles that fly like small hot air balloons. The two women combed the sky looking for additional glowing orbs, but saw none.
As they continued down the highway, they observed something new. Cathy described this object as having bright lights, but none of the lights were flashing like a conventional aircraft.
As they approached the object, they noticed it had stopped moving and was just hovering in place. When their car was nearly parallel with the object, they both realized that the object near them was some sort of craft, which appeared to be a black triangle UFO.
Cathy described it as approximately the size and height of an incoming jet. After a few moments, the UFO began to move south and disappeared from view. Source
What was the mysterious UFO that bathed Hull in blue light?
What was the mysterious, fiery object that appeared in the skies above Hull, bathing the town in blue light? Mike Covell talks to Paul Johnson about the region's first UFO sighting.
It appeared suddenly over the Humber, an immense moon-like globe with a black bar across the centre of its face. For a moment it bathed Hull and the Humber in a mysterious blue light. Then, it split into seven smaller fireballs and vanished.
Was it a weather phenomenon, a comet, or Hull's first UFO sighting? To the people who witnessed it over the town in June 1801, it may even have seemed like a sign from God.
Local historian Mike Covell has conducted extensive research into local UFO reports.
He said: "The common misconception is that UFO sightings began in America in 1947, when Kenneth Arnold saw some unidentified objects flying over the Cascade Mountains. The famous Roswell incident – when an alien craft supposedly crashed in New Mexico – happened the same year.
"But in Hull we can trace the phenomena back to June 1801, when Hull and the Humber was the scene of one of the earliest sightings of an unidentified flying object. It featured in the local and national press and science periodicals."
After its initial disappearance, the UFO then reappeared "looking like the face of the moon", before again splitting into five circular balls of light, according to a report in the Hull Packet newspaper (below).
Mike said: "Whatever it was came from the south-west towards Hull. There was a great deal of discussion about it at the time. Could it have been a celestial object – a comet or a meteorite – or was it something else?"
It is not the only local case of its type to make headline news. Mike has built up an extensive collection of UFO clippings, from the 19th century to the present day.
In 1909, Hull became part of the so-called "Scareships" craze – sightings of unidentified airships, seen over a number of towns.
"In May 1909 these Scareships were witnessed over Hull, near Coltman Street, when a Mr Walker contacted the police and the press reporting what he had seen," said Mike.
"It flew over Hull and headed for the Humber but the next night other eyewitnesses reported the same thing, independent of each other, before Mr Walker's sighting had been reported in the press."
In 1913, the Scareships returned, arriving in Hull in February of that year before being seen all over the country.
Mike said: "The press reported that one had been seen hovering over Hull for an hour. Crowds of Hull residents, including policemen, stood and watched the object hovering over Paragon Station with red and white lights reported on the unidentified aerial object."
Of course, the sightings may simply have been test-flights of airships – unfamiliar technology to many at the time. UFO reports peaked in the 1940s, following the American sightings, and then again in the 1990s, probably because of the huge success of the X Files TV series.
One of the strangest cases was reported in 1967, when a UFO was said to have landed in a park on the Longhill estate.
"The story goes that on Wednesday, November 15, 1967, a group of Hull children saw a cigar-shaped craft descend and hover over the park, leaving burn marks on a hill," said Mike.
"Two police officers on duty visited the 'landing site' and noticed burn marks on the hill but no sign of any such craft. Initially they thought the children had been up to no good but their stories were very consistent.
"Other eyewitnesses across Hull described seeing a cigar-shaped object flying over the city, while another eyewitness claimed it was a helicopter from the Yorkshire Electricity Board. The matter was never fully resolved."
Whatever is behind the sightings of UFOs, Mike believes they are unlikely to stop.
He said: "The new series of the X Files is on the way and so it wouldn't surprise me at all if a new generation start watching the skies and we get a whole new series of UFO reports."
UFO's over Salt End and Bransholme
MIKE Covell has collected hundreds of official reports of sightings from the National Archives.
One of the most credible reports involved several police officers in Hull, Hedon and Thorngumbald, who saw a light in the sky over Saltend.
A report dated October 17, 2002, details how officers saw an object which "appeared as the size of a 'normal' bright star but of different colours – blue, green, red and white", moved fast, stopped and started and changed shape. The lights began at 3am and were visible for around 45 minutes.
One Hull resident said the lights appeared to be "communicating" with each other.
UFOs were also spotted in the skies over Bransholme.
A beam of light was seen spinning around the sky on September 8, 1985. A round object was then reported to have risen from the ground.
It was described as being the size of a house, with a ring of red lights around its base. A humming noise accompanied the light show.
The object was seen heading east across fields flying at a height of about 50ft. Source
No country is powerful unless it has a top secret military facility that nobody is allowed to trespass hundreds of yards of its vicinity. How else do you explain the development of hi-tech weapons, UFO sightings and rumors of alien beings.
Here are 5 top secret locations you just can’t visit. At least not without getting shot at, arrested or the very least detained for long a long period of time.
Diego Garcia - Chagos Archipelago
This joint US and UK military bases is located on an atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is the largest of the 60 small islands comprising the Chagos Archipelago. Neither the US nor the UK recognises Diego Garcia as being subject to the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty, It is not publicly known whether nuclear weapons have ever been stored on the island.
Zhitkur underground base, Kapustin Yar, Russia
Also known as Russia’s Area 51, it’s said that this is where the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite from. Like Area 51, Zhitkur too was linked to UFO sightings back in the days of the Soviet Union. It is said that Soviet Jets engaged in dogfights with UFOs. The facility is based 400 meters below the surface of the earth.
Porton Down, England
It’s said to be the home of England’s chemical and biological weapons, some of which were tested on human ‘guinea pigs’. They call Porton Down a military science park. Behind the ordinary name is the world’s oldest chemical weapons development establishment. It was set up in 1916 and has been surrounded in secrecy ever since. But is was only in the 1960s that the British government even admitted to its existence. During the Cold War, Porton Down was the site of biological and chemical weapons research. These weapons are said to have been tested on human subjects without their knowledge. Joint Defence Space Research Facility - Pine Gap Australia
Pine Gap is the commonly used name for a satellite tracking station at 23.799o S, 133.737o E, south-west of the town of Alice Springs in the heart of Australia that is operated by Australia and the U.S. It consists of a large computer complex with eight radomes protecting antennas, and has over 800 employees. It is officially called the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap. It is believed to be one of the largest ECHELON ground stations and appears to be physically and operationally similar to the signals intelligence facilities at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado and Menwith Hill, United Kingdom. U.S. government personnel at Pine Gap are believed to be mostly from the National Security Agency and subordinate service-associated agencies, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
You won't find Area 51 it on any geological or aeronautical maps and yet like a place in the Twilight Zone, flights to it leave Las Vegas' McCarran Airport every day. Some say alien aircraft are stored there and reverse-engineered to create new aircraft and weapons, or it's the site of genetic testing or other diabolical plots. Others say it's just a very secret aircraft development site. No matter, what it is, Area 51 remains shrouded in mystery.
One really has to ask, what is going on with this short film production by PepsiCo? Is this soft disclosure to prepare humanity for the realities of extraterrestrial life.
Facts About The Black Knight Satellite
According to monitoring agencies around the world, The Black knight has been transmitting radio signals for over 50 years now.
The USA and Soviet Union have shown particular interest in this “unidentified space object”
Rumors are that it was Nikola Tesla the first man to “intercept” a signal from this otherworldly satellite in 1899 after building a high-voltage radio device in Colorado Springs.
Since the 1930′s Astronomers worldwide have been reporting strange radio signals which allegedly come from the “Black Knight”.
In 1957, Dr. Luis Corralos of the Communications Ministry in Venezuela photographed it while taking pictures of Sputnik II as it passed over Caracas.
The story of the Black Knight made its media debut in the 1940′s when the St. Louis Dispatch and The San Francisco Examiner wrote about the “Satellite” on May 14th 1954.
The Time Magazine wrote about it on the seventh of March, 1960.
In 1957, an unknown “object” was seen “shadowing” the Sputnik 1 Spacecraft. According to reports, the “unidentified object” was in Polar orbit.
in 1957. The United Stated nor the Russians possessed the technology to maintain a spacecraft in Polar Orbit.
The first Polar orbiting satellite was launched in 1960.
Polar orbits are often used for earth-mapping, earth observation, capturing the earth as time passes from one point and reconnaissance satellites. This would put the Black Knight in the category of a observational Satellite.
In the 1960′s the Black Knight was located once again in Polar Orbit. Astronomers and Scientists calculated the objects weight to be over 10 tons which would be at that time the Heaviest Artificial Satellite to orbit our Planet.
The Black Knight’s orbit was unlike any other object orbiting Earth.
The Grumman Aircraft Corporation gave much importance to this mysterious “Satellite”, On September 3, 1960, seven months after the satellite was first detected by radar, a tracking camera at Grumman Aircraft Corporation’s Long Island factory took a photograph of the Black Knight.
The Grumman Aircraft Corporation formed a committee to study the data received from the observations made but nothing was made public.
In 1963, Gordon Cooper was launched into space. On his final orbit, he reported seeing a glowing green object in front of his capsule in the distance moving towards his Spacecraft. The Muchea tracking station, in Australia, which Cooper reported the object to, picked up this Unidentified object on Radar travelling East to West.
It was the Ham Radio operator who apparently decoded a series of signals received from the UFO Satellite and interpreted it as a star-chart centered on the Epsilon Bootes Star System
According to the decoded message, the Black Knight originated from the Epsilon Bootes Star System 13.000 years ago.
On August 23, 1954 the technology magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology released a story about the Black Knight Satellite that angered the Pentagon who were trying to keep the information secret.
NASA has released official images which apparently show the Black Knight Satellite (see above).