A recent report has suggested that UFO sightings in Manitoba are far older than the province itself. Ufology Research, based in Winnipeg, said that there have been more than 2,000 reports of unidentified flying objects in Manitoba in the past 200 years.
Chris Rutkowski has been researching on the phenomenon for 25 years. He has been compiling the data on the annual Canadian survey of sightings.
Rutkowski said in a statement that records from the government, the RCMP and the United States show that Manitoba has a long history of UFO sightings.
“It's not a phenomenon that's a product of television and movies that are going on right now. These things go back quite a number of years. People have been fascinated with things in the sky and wondering, 'Are we alone in the universe?” he said.
The very first UFO encounter according to the government data came in 1792 from two explorers - David Thompson and Andrew Davy. It is said that the two were in northern Manitoba when they came across several bizarre meteors crash into the ice.
Furthermore, Thompsons’s diary details how the two were surprised on night by a ‘meteor of globular form’ that ‘appeared’ larger than the moon.
According to the diary, the larger object struck into the ice, had a sound like mass of jelly and was dashed into innumerable luminous pieces and instantly expired.
It further stated that the two even went to the same site next day to see what marks the meteor had made on the ice, but they mentioned they found nothing.
Rutkowski said some other sightings were reported by police, pilots and average people, who saw everything from unusual lights in the sky and flying saucers to silver-suited aliens.