Kelowna UFO Sighting

Report By Gavin McLeod

Computer image created by witness


Drawing by witness

As revised in email received August 21, 2009:

Note: Original reported sighting date is May 5, 1998. The latest witness email suggests the sighting date was June 5, 1998.

It was a clear Spring evening in Kelowna. Myself and two other house mates were outside enjoying the view of the sky. The sky was partially cloudy but quite bright due to the presence of the moon which was slightly bigger than half full.

At approximately 10:05 P.M. our attention was drawn to a high flying jet aircraft travelling from west to east. It was low enough for us to hear the faint roar of the engines. I lowered my gaze and noticed a dark shape with lights drop from the sky approximately 5-8 miles south of our position over Okanagan Mountain Park. It began to move slowly over the park in an west to east direction. I alerted the rest of the group and they all turned their attention to this object. As it reached the outskirts of the city it changed direction and started to move south to north, towards us. At first we thought it might be an aircraft except for the fact that most aircraft in the area fly an east west route. Kelowna has a relatively busy airport and we were used to oberving aircraft arrivals and departures. I was formerly employed as a Ground Specialist at the Ottawa International Airport and was familiar with most aircraft including those at air shows. This was something I'd never seen before.

Map of UFO trajectory supplied by witness


We first observed the object as a dark triangular shape silhouetted against the bright night sky. We could not hear any noise from the object as it proceeded slowly towards our position. A soft white glow emanated from what appeared to be 3 portholes, one at each corner of the underside of the object. The colour was flat black. The size was equal to that of a 737 jet aircraft viewed from 500 to 700 feet away at it's closest point. As the object approached a position to the west of us it seemed to change its course slightly to the east for 5 to 10 seconds then turned back to its original course. At this point its apparent size was that of a football held at arm's length. The object proceeded north and gained in altitude as it approached the western spur of Knox Mountain (where the mountain meets the lake) and passed over and out of sight. The entire sighting lasted approximately five minutes.

We don't know what it was but we are absolutely certain that it was not a conventional aircraft.


This was also received in email on August 21, 2009:

One thing I forgot to mention. Years later, after I'd moved and gotten married, I mentioned the incident to a neighbor of mine. He said he had a friend who lived a block to the west of our original sighting position who saw a large triangular shaped object fly right over his house. I asked my neighbor to speak with his friend and enquire about the date and time. He did, and though he was not sure of the exact date the time was right and it was early June 1998. Other than that he really didn't want to speak about it because as my
neighbor put it, "it spooked him".