The Shag Har­bour In­ci­dent

One town’s mis­sion to be­come the Roswell of Canada

The Walrus - - MISCELLANY - BY Chelsea Mur­ray

One cool, sunny day last Au­gust, the Shag Har­bour In­ci­dent So­ci­ety Mu­seum was as full as it would be all year. More than fifty peo­ple wan­dered in for the so­ci­ety’s an­nual UFO fes­ti­val, lin­ger­ing around dis­plays that in­cluded alien-in­spired folk art, a ta­ble piled with news­pa­per clip­pings, and a small TV play­ing a doc­u­men­tary about ex­trater­res­tri­als. Shag Har­bour In­ci­dent So­ci­ety mem­ber Peter Gore­ham pointed at pho­tos of lo­cal wit­nesses tacked up on the wall (he’s the one in the red plaid shirt with his arms crossed). “It caused hys­te­ria in the sur­round­ing vil­lages be­cause it was the height of the Cold War,” says Gore­ham of the town’s 1967 UFO crash. “Peo­ple thought it was a mil­i­tary air­craft. It could have been ra­di­a­tion, it could have been any­thing, and we weren’t get­ting any an­swers. Peo­ple were fran­tic.”

Housed on the main floor of an oth­er­wise empty yel­low clap­board build­ing sand­wiched be­tween the At­lantic Ocean and

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