Technology & Science

UFOs lured to Great White North

Aliens apparently aren't afraid of the cold. Far fewer Canadians reported seeing UFOs last year. The only exception is Yukon, where sightings tripled.

In fact, there's been enough unexplained phenomena up north to fill two books; it has become a cottage industry for one Whitehorse woman.

When Lorraine Bretlyn stuck a tiny ad in a Whitehorse newspaper asking for UFO stories she didn't expect much response. But she heard enough stories to fill a book and is now working on a second volume.

"It's interesting," she told CBC News. "Every story I hear, people hint at 10 others. I'm just scratching the surface."

Consider the numbers: The territory has about one-tenth of one per cent of Canada's population. Yet last year, more than 10 per cent of reported Canadian UFO sightings came from Yukon.

Bretlyn, who believes in space aliens, has heard plenty of theories as to why -- including space visitors checking out the North's mineral wealth.

She passes a lot of information along to Chris Rutkowski, a Winnipeg academic who compiles Canadian UFO data.

Rutkowski agrees the Yukon numbers do seem strange.

He thinks military training in neighbouring Alaska has something to do with it, or perhaps Yukoners are seeing new satellites.

But neither Bretlyn nor Rutkowski rules out the possibility that extra-terrestrials have developed an interest in Yukon.