A Family Visit to the Shag Harbour Incident Interpretive Centre
A few years ago, my boys were in a play at the CentreStage Theatre drama camp that featured the Shag Harbour UFO incident of 1967. That was the first time that I had heard about this UFO siting in Nova Scotia. I couldn’t wait to learn more, and to someday go there.
Because Shag Harbour is at the tip of Nova Scotia, below Yarmouth, it wasn’t going to be a day trip! We had to plan accordingly.
So, in our last summer hoorah, we took a trip along the South Shore of Nova Scotia, staying over night in Shelburne, looping back around to Yarmouth and Digby, stopping in Shag Harbour along the way.
About the UFO Siting
Local residents noticed strange orange lights in the sky on the night of October 4, 1967. Most witnesses agreed that there were four orange lights that evening. Five teenagers watched these lights flash in sequence, and then suddenly dive in a 45 degree angle toward the water’s surface. The witnesses were surprised that the lights did not dive into the water, but seemed to float on the water, approximately one-half mile from the shore.
Witnesses at first thought they were watching a tragic airplane crash, and quickly reported as much to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was located at Barrington Passage. Coincidently, RCMP Constable Ron Pound had already witnessed the strange lights himself as he drove down Highway 3 in route to Shag Harbour. Pound felt that he was seeing 4 lights, all attached to one flying craft. He estimated the craft to be about 60 feet long.
About the Shag Harbour Incident Interpretive Centre
The museum displays the accumulating information collected on the mysterious UFO that landed in the harbour in October 1967.
There are reports from witnesses, countless newspaper articles, and other fun things to look at.
It is interesting to read the various accounts, and follow the story through time, through different people’s eyes.
There are also fun things for the kids, besides the cool knickknacks in the gift shop.
The museum itself took us about 30 minutes to visit, and was well worth the $2 entrance fee. It certainly gave us a lot to talk about on the car ride home!
The UFO Gazebo and picnic site can be found about 3 minutes up the road from the Centre, where visitors can look out on the ocean to the location the object crashed in 1967.
This is free to visit, and also has a public washroom!
Hours, Admission and Location
Monday – Saturday – 10AM – 5PM
Sunday – 1PM – 5PM
Admission – $2 (STC)
If you are heading along the southwestern corner of Nova Scotia, definitely take time to stop into the Shag Harbour UFO Incident Museum. Open your mind to new possibilities!