It cuts a strip between King George Hwy. and Scott Road and runs from
the US border to the north edge of New Westminster. It's known as the
Surrey-Delta Corridor, and it's a hotbed of UFO sightings and
"We receive an incredible
number of reports from this area," says Michael Strainic, [Canadian]
National Director of the Texas-based organization called MUFON (Mutual
UFO Network Inc.). Even so, he estimates only one out of every ten
people who see a UFO actually file a report.
Graham Conway, retired police
officer and member of MUFON, believes this is in part because people
have no idea where to report a UFO sighting. "One man phoned the
airport, the RCMP, his local police station, and finally the Planetarium
before he found our number," he says. "Most people would have given up
long before that."
But there is another, perhaps
more universally human, reason for hesitation - fear. One woman, worried
about ridicule from her co-workers refused to comment on record. Many
others have only agreed to discuss their experiences under an assumed
"You can't talk to many people
about it," says Tim Moraes of North Delta. "But with so many stars,
there must be other life out there. Skeptics need to see a UFO before
they pass judgment."
"There's still a stigma
involved," agrees Bill Oliver of Surrey. On three occasions during May
and June of 1995 Oliver videotaped a brilliant white object zigzagging
across the sky above his home. "It would change from a small intense dot
to an acorn shape," he says. "When we used a computer to invert the dot
image into a negative, it looked just like a classic saucer with a black
ring around it."
Moraes describes a UFO he
believes followed the car in which he and four friends were sitting for
more than ten minutes last summer in the Sunshine Hills area as having a
fluid nature. "It had no uniform shape," he says. "It was changing all
the time. Like Kaleidoscope imaging, the lights kept moving and
In contrast, Malcolm Corey, a
retired Canadian Air Force armament gunsight technician, describes a
large, glowing red ball that flew south over his White Rock home in
early November. "It was traveling quite slowly and varied its
trajectory, wandering from side to side," he reports. "There appeared to
be black stubby protuberances on either side, but they weren't large
enough in comparison to the ball itself to be wings."
Corey has more than 1,100 hours
of air time and a long history of UFO sightings beginning in the early
'50s when he joined the military. "I was in my car returning to the
airbase at North Bay,(Ontario)," he says "I came around a corner and
there was an object 250 feet across and 50 to 60 feet thick hovering 300
feet above the highway." He remembers the trees thrashing wildly and was
having trouble keeping his car under control. He looked away for several
seconds, and when he looked back, the object had vanished.
Corey reported the incident to
his commander, who walked outside and pointed skyward at several red and
white lights circling each other. "Apparently they'd been there since
midnight," says Corey. "Every time we scrambled planes to investigate,
they blinked out and disappeared until the planes were gone.
"It's a fascinating subject,
but oftentimes you feel like you're chasing will'o the wisps," he
continues. "The military and scientific communities tend to look at it
with something of a jaundiced eye. If they just said , 'Look, you've got
something interesting, but we don't have a clue what it is', my
intelligence wouldn't be insulted. It's being ridiculed that gets
Theories about the reasons a
presumably advanced civilization would visit Earth are plentiful. Some
suggest idle curiosity; some believe they may be stealing energy to
replenish the supply on their home world; still others postulate
"Maybe they are coexisting in
the same space but at a different vibrational level," says Corey. "If we
do something to damage the Earth in this dimension, it could have an
Maybe, as Michael Strainic
suggests, there is a metaphoric message we are unable to interpret.
"Some of our better witnesses have said things like, 'I felt as if I was
being subjected to some kind of elaborate theatre, staged for my
benefit,'" he says. "The message is there, but we can't see it."
Perhaps the message isn't even
meant for us. "What if these beings are not just thousands but tens of
thousand years more advanced than we are?" Strainic asks. "It would be
like us looking at a culture growing in a petri dish. We might study it
and watch it, but we wouldn't try to set up diplomatic relations with
it." But there is another, darker side to the question of why UFOs might
visit Earth. More than 180 people in the Lower Mainland alone have
reported being abducted by aliens for bizarre and painful
experimentation and even theft of human genetic material. "One theory is
that they - whoever 'they' are - feel we're on the road to
self-destruction and are preserving us for repopulation." says Conway.
"The second theory is that they have their own breeding problem now and
are trying to correct it."
Whatever the motivation, there
has always been a strong connection between UFOs and power lines, and
the Surrey-Delta Corridor is no exception - a BC Hydro power line runs
right through the centre of it. "We often see UFOs near satellites,
microwave stations, dams and mines," Conway points out. "Anything that
creates an energy field may be opening a doorway, but that is a guess."
As speculation continues, the
controversy grows. Are advanced beings watching Earth, ready to step in
before it can self-destruct, carrying alternate dimensions with it? Is
Earth an unwilling source of genetic material for a superior
extraterrestrial race, or simply an interesting if primitive species
worthy of casual and sporadic observation? Are we even able to
comprehend the truth?
And, as the inhabitants of this
planet continue reaching into the depths of space, what will the beings
of distant worlds say of the unidentified lights in their skies?
From South Fraser BC Woman Magazine -
Holiday Issue 1995