Shag Harbour UFO Incident Features on New Coin: UFO Festival Goes Oct 4-6

By Kathy Johnson (Yarmouth County Vanguard)

UFO festival goers line the shoreline at the impact site to watch a re-enactment involving the Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat Clark’s Harbour and the RCMP during the 50th anniversary festival in 2017. A similar re-enactment is planned for this year’s festival, scheduled for Oct. 4 to 6. – Kathy Johnson​


The Shag Harbour UFO incident is featured on a new collector’s coin just released by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The second coin to be issued in the Unexplained Phenomena series, “Black light technology adds a sci-fi glow to our depiction of ‘Canada’s Roswell’,” states the Mint. “Our second UFO coin is a re-telling of a widely witnessed event that took place in 1967. The vertical design conveys a feeling of awe as you witness four mysterious lights crashing into the waters off Shag Harbour, N.S. Use the blacklight flashlight (included) to view the coin in the dark—the glowing features add a sci-fi worthy touch to this true story.”

Only 4,000 of the coins have been minted, and are already 88 per cent sold out, according to the Mint’s website. “This coin brings attention to a story that many people don’t know about. The Shag Harbour Incident is one of the best government-documented UFO crashes; even today, the case remains open and unsolved,” said Laurie Wickens, eyewitness and president of the Shag Harbour UFO Incident Society.

Designed by Pandora Young, “the colourful vertical image shows the well-known UFO encounter from a witness’ perspective, with a view from a fishing vessel off the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Three fishermen look up at the night sky, where black light technology adds a glow to the mysterious craft and its flashing lights as the object crashes into the Gulf of Maine. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.” The release of the new $20 silver coin will be celebrated on the opening night of the Shag Harbour UFO Festival. The festival runs Oct. 4 to 6.

This week’s annual UFO festival begins at the crash site on opening night, weather permitting, at 6:30 p.m., with RCMP as well as the Canadian Coast Guard personnel staging a re-enactment of the events that occurred on the same night 52 years ago.​

Then it’s on to the nearby Woods Harbour Community Centre for the official opening, the unveiling of some new documents related to the 1967 search, a presentation by UFO researcher and author Chris Styles, and UFO trivia.

Special speakers fill the festival agenda on Oct. 5, including Justin Brown (UFO over my Cape Breton Home), Jordan Bonaparte (Family secrets, curiosity and UFOs), Steve MacLean (UFOs a Nova Scotia Perspective), Paranormal Phenomena Research and Investigation Corporate Director Elliott Van Dusen and Chief Research Officer Darryll Walsh (The Kitchen Sink Syndrome), and Chris Styles (Anatomy of a UFO sighting-Cape Sable Island 2018 and Shag Harbour 1967).

A local UFO eye witness panel will wrap up the day’s festival activities at the Woods Harbour Community Centre.

On the last day, festival goers will be invited to tag along on a tour that will take in the 1967 crash site, a visit to South Side beach on Cape Sable Island where a UFO was videoed last year, and to Sandy Point and the former CFS Shelburne site. Special speakers will be present at each of the locations.

The Shag Harbour UFO Interpretive Centre will also be open during the festival, with plans for special screenings on Oct. 6 of the documentary filmed by Céline and Fabien Cousteau last year investigating the 1967 Shag Harbour UFO crash as part of their series, Legends of the Deep. Admission will be by donation.

Tickets for the festival will be available at the door. For further information visit