Research and Investigation into Anomalous Light Phenomena
on and over Lake Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Project Orbwatch is a Canadian organisation, founded in 1998, and contains my personal research and documentation on the anomalous light phenomena that I recorded around Lake Ontario from 1997 to 2006.

There are other "eyes on the lake" located in Ontario and New York State who keep us updated on any aerial activity.

This PROJECT ORBWATCH website comprises written and/or visual reports pertaining to Unidentified Submerging Objects, and, at times, Unidentified Emerging Objects. The main theatre of operation is usually the western end of Lake Ontario. Here are some accounts of sightings in the Lake Ontario area during the 1960s and 1970s.

Further down the main page here you will see an account of strange happenings in the Lake Ontario area in 1915.

I had been searching out historical records which indicate that the ORBS have been present around the Great Lakes for a good long while. I found particularly interesting items in

Hugh Cochrane's "Gateway to Oblivion,"

regarding sightings of strange aerial craft over Lake Ontario during the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Sadly for all of us, Hugh Cochrane passed on in the summer of 1999. I had visited him at his home in Toronto during the summer of 1998 and enjoyed a fascinating afternoon hearing about his research. I had the opportunity of showing Hugh some of the video footage that I had taken on my early sorties to the lake. His book, published in 1980, is very hard to come by, but there are some copies available in public libraries in Ontario.

Here is a short quote from his book, "Gateway to Oblivion:"

"It was a strange sight that confronted residents of Morristown, New York, and Brockville, Ontario, on February 14th 1915. Aircraft were still relatively new and were an oddity that attracted the public's attention. But for the residents of these two St. Lawrence River communities the aircraft that appeared in the skies above them were more than just an attraction; they were downright weird. When these three aircraft first passed over during the evening, they caused a commotion because few such machines had ever been seen in that area. When they returned a few hours later, they created an even greater commotion.

According to the account carried in the New York Times on February 15, the aircraft were first seen near Gananoque, Ontario, forty miles southwest of the Morristown-Brockville area. At that time, the three aircraft were on a northeast course almost paralleling the St. Lawrence River. On the return trip they travelled southwest, pausing along the way.

Just how these objects were able to hover in flight when such aircraft had not been invented is a question difficult to answer. Even more difficult to explain is how such aircraft could carry the equipment necessary to power the powerful searchlights, whose beams, according to witnesses, were swept back and forth, illuminating the communities.

This problem caused enough concern among the residents of Brockville that the mayor requested the Canadian Government to provide an immediate answer. The government's reply suggested that what the residents had seen were balloons, not aircraft. They did not say who the owners of the balloons might be, nor did they attempt to explain how a balloon could hover in a wind or travel in a direction opposite to it.

.........In most of the accounts there is mention that there were three dark objects, and at times each had been accompanied by bright lights. These match the description being supplied today by observers in the same area who are reported to have seen UFOs."

Resources including Lake Ontario Webcam and Weather

Research Paper on NARCAP 2009 - Teodorani

Detailed Narration and Analysis (1975)

by the late Harry B. Picken, Aeronautical Engineer.

which is mentioned in less detail in Hugh Cochrane's book:
Gateway to Oblivion - the Great Lakes' Bermuda Triangle

The Unexplained Objects
Another extract from Hugh Cochrane's book

Globes of Fire
From the Diary of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe (1791)

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