News photos by
WHITE LIGHT: Stewart caught the tail end of a movie when he was
startled from his chair by an unidentifiable round light streaking
across the valley. Combined with his house being stationed at 3,000
feet (Smithers sits at approximately 1,750 feet) and large bay
windows, Stewart has an ideal bird's eye view of air traffic.
On July 29, winding down from a
day on his Telkwa farm, Gordon Stewart settled into his chair facing two
bay windows, overlooking the valley for a late-night movie.
At 10:45 p.m., a bright light flashed by his field of vision, raising him
from his chair, astonished at the peculiarity and speed of the sight.
After walking onto the front porch for a clearer view, only silence filled
the valley sky smudged with light cloud cover.
He called the RCMP. There was no air force activity in the area.
He woke his wife Joanna, who had already turned in for the night without
hearing or seeing anything. On sharing his description of the round, white
light with a yellowish hue, he learned his wife had seen the same light in
the same location a couple of months earlier.
“I didn’t want to tell him because he’d think I was crazy,” Joanna
Earlier that evening at 10:20 p.m. in Houston, a Canfor employee stepped
from a forklift to examine a phosphorescent like white ball of light with
yellow undertones, which appeared to hover, before slowly crawling across
the sky line.
The worker called out to two fellow co-workers who caught sight of the
glowing light, which grew a tail as it gained momentum.
The phenomenon gained speed towards Tweedsmuir Park and shot out of view
over the horizon.
“I called them over because I wanted prove that I saw something and that I
wasn’t crazy,” the Canfor employee explained.
Despite having two witnesses, the Canfor employee wished to remain
Despite his wife having seen the same phenomenon, Stewart was relieved a
similar sighting was reported the same day.
Crazy and UFO are often terms that go hand in hand when trying to
determine an experience that appears to be out of this world.
Already this year, over 70 unidentifiable sightings have been reported in
Only two days before the Telkwa/Houston sighting, an erratically moving,
bright light was spotted in Prince George. Sightings in Prince Rupert and
Port Simpson were reported the same day of Stewart’s experience. The two
days that followed it reports from Terrace were filed on a glowing,
cigar-shaped craft and four multiple sightings of an unidentifiable light.
“There is so much going on here it’s nuts,” Houston B.C. Canada UFO
researcher Brian Vikes remarked.
Vikes suspects action in space is growing with the number of hits he
receives on his UFO Web site.
“Recently, I have been getting numerous hits,” he said. “Everything from
the National Defense Department to Federal Aviation.”
He also noted that open information transitions between himself and the
national Department of Defense has since clammed up with the publishing of
the recent sighting in Telkwa — where three women attested to seeing an
unidentified object with bright lights.
“No one wants to say anything and I am kind of wondering why,” he
questioned. “Is the military running a project we are not aware of?
Something has happened I just don’t know what — yet.”
Many of these speculated extraterrestrial occurrences have been explained
away as meteorites, flying exercises, space debris and the result of power
A recent space ship sighting in Smithers turned out to be the planets
Jupiter and Venus.
Stewart dismisses many of these suspicions in his case.
He began by explaining that the object flew in a flat line unlike
meteorite or space debris’s falling arc pattern.
Planes might be a credible explanation, but because no sound was detected
and the size of the light — the size of a pick up truck from the distance
he sat at — flew so low, a plane wasn’t a logical solution in Stewart’s
According to Central Mountain Air, there were no late night flights except
for a training run July 29. Northern Thunderbird training was up between
10:07-11:04, however, a Central Mountain Air spokesperson saw no
connection between the occurrences. She speculated that the tiny Cessna
185 would not emit a bright light of that magnitude and its engines would
be heard at a close proximity.
Although a comet spotted the same evening would solve Stewart’s mystery,
its glowing green light, arc-shaped flight and Hudson Bay Mountain
location did not pair up with what he saw — leaving Stewart questioning,
“What the heck was it?”
For Stewart, the speed of the light was the most notable. “If you had
blinked, you would have missed it, it was that fast,” he said. He assessed
the light reached faster than the speed of light [sound?] at over 650 miles per
hour. Stewart is well acquainted to gauging speed, he assessed, after
driving dragsters that reached up to 200 miles per hour.
As to whether he believes in another life force travelling through the
universe, Stewart has always believed since reading space comic books as a
kid, that people on earth weren’t the only ones out here.
“There’s too much on earth not to disbelieve,” he argued, noting other
phenomena such as the Pyramids. “I think there was someone before us.”
Despite Stewart’s open mind towards other life forms, he talked himself
through other possible explanations, but came to the same conclusion: “I
knew I saw something out of the ordinary.”
Although highly skeptical, the Canfor employee agreed his sighting was
something more than an everyday occurrence. “In my mind it looked
like a meteorite,” he comforted himself, but wavered as he turned the 20
second experience over in his mind. “But, it was like no meteorite I’ve
ever seen. I’ve seen meteorite showers before, but they never looked
anything like this. I really don’t know what it was.”