Canada’s Roswell-Like Incidents

08 Aug
Shag Harbor Sign Identifying the 1967 UFO Incident.

Shag Harbor Sign Identifying the 1967 UFO Incident. Source: user 3h3dsfa4

I am reading Weird Canadian Places by Dan de Figueiredo, which is really entertaining.  It is a “Humorous, Bizarre, Peculiar & Strange locations & Attractions across the Nation.”

Here’s an example of what you can find in the book.  He writes about Canada’s version of Roswell, in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia.  It involves an apparent crash of a UFO, many witnesses, government and military investigations, surveillance and strange and odd smells, sights and sounds.

Shag is a small fishing village at the southern tip of Nova Scotia.  At about 11:20 p.m. on October 4, 1967, witnesses saw strange orange lights, then it turned at a 45-degree angle and seemed to crash towards the water with a bright flash and an explosion.   According to witnesses, the object had bright yellow lights floating on the surface of the water, about 18.3 metres in diameter and trailed yellow foam behind it.  It also smelled of sulphur.

Many people contacted the RCMP to report the incident.  If you look at the official papers about it, you ‘d read that it was a large aircraft that crashed in the harbour — no mention of a UFO.

That’s because one witness in particular, Laurie Wickens, told the authorities that he had seen a large airplane or small airliner crash into the Gulf of Maine.  This prompted an immediate response.  Ten RCMP officers arrived at the scene within fifteen minutes, concerned that the downed passengers would drown.  Within a half hour of the crash, local fishermen arrived at the site.  Within an hour after the crash, the Canadian Coast Guard arrived.

The next day, the Canadian military sent the HMCS Granby to the site to investigate.  By then, however, all that was left was a bit of yellow foam.  They dived for four days trying to find “something,” but came up empty.

This incident is not the only one Canadians have reported witness to.  A few of the others are:

  • May 19, 1967, Falcon Lake, Manitoba. Stefan Michalak was burned by one of two flying saucers with which he reportedly came into contact.
  • January 1, 1969, Prince George, B.C.. Three unrelated witnesses reported a strange, round object in the late afternoon sky.
  • 1975-1976, Southern Manitoba.  Several sightings were reported of a red glowing UFO, sometimes described as “mischievous” or “playful”.
  • October 1978, Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Constable Jim Blackwood of the RCMP saw a sighting of a flying saucer hovering over the harbour near the town of Clarenville and Random Island.  When he switched on the roof lights of his police cruiser the craft appeared to mimic the flashing lights.
  • November 7, 1990, Montreal, Quebec, aerial phenomenon.  Witnesses reported a round, metallic object of about 540 metres wide over the rooftop pool of the Bonaventure Hotel. Eyewitnesses saw 8 to 10 lights forming into a circle above them, emitting bright white rays. The phenomenon lasted three hours, from 7 to 10 p.m., and moved slowly northwards.
  • 2006, Ajax, Ontario.  A UFO was Photographed.
  • 2007, Chilliwack, British Columbia, UFO witnessed by Dave Francis and Kelly McDonald.
  • January 25, 2010, Harbour Mille, Newfoundland and Labrador. A photograph taken revealed one of the UFOs to resemble a missile. There was an investigation by the community’s police force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Another minor report of this incident came from Calgary, Alberta, where boys playing hockey reported seeing similar objects, about which they stated “We thought they were transformers.”

If you are still intrigued about this, I can direct you to a few places on the ‘Net.  There is a large database at MUFON (The Mutual UFO Network), at Canadian UFO Survey, and at UFO Roundup Articles Canada.



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9 responses to “Canada’s Roswell-Like Incidents

  1. girlslikescience

    August 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Love the photo! I bet that book is fun.

  2. Ruthanne

    August 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Haha! I just visited Roswell and I was SUPER critical of all the hype- until I read the letters written by people who worked the incident- mostly written as they were dying….and now I’m a tiiiiny bit more open to the idea. 🙂

    • tkmorin

      August 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Cool! Yeah, I watched an investigation show that featured one of the Canadian sighting, and darn didn’t the witnesses sounded sincere …

  3. Amanda J. Wood

    August 9, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Cool. Next time I am in NS visiting the parents, maybe I will go to Shag Harbour, if only because of the name 🙂

    • tkmorin

      August 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Wouldn’t that be great? Do you think it’s far from your parent’s place??

      • Amanda J. Wood

        August 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

        According to Google it is 250 km, so about a 3 hour drive..just like Gilligan’s 3 hour cruise…hmmm

        • tkmorin

          August 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

          Ummm. …. This is starting to sound a bit like we’re entering the twilight zone! Or maybe alien influenced thinking. LOL. 🙂

  4. Gypsy Bev

    August 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Always enjoy exploring the possibility that life could come here from somewhere out there in the great Universe. Fascinating stuff!

    • tkmorin

      August 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Thank you! I am so glad you liked it! 🙂


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