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Shag Harbour is a small fishing village found along the South Shoremarker of Nova Scotia. It is one of several small villages found in the Municipality of Barringtonmarker, Shelburne Countymarker. It has a population of roughly 400-450. The main occupations centre around lobster fishing, which takes place from November to May.

Shag Harbour contains a bed and breakfast, a post office, two wharves, two Baptist church, and Chapel Hill Museum. The Chapel Hill Museum (c. 1856) is on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School nuzzles the border between Shag Harbour and neighbouring Woods Harbour, Nova Scotiamarker. Its name honours local author Evelyn Richardson, who lived on a small island adjacent to Shag Harbourmarker. Bon Portage Island, or Outer Island as it is known to locals, was the setting for Richardson's award-winning non-fiction.

UFO Incident

Shag Harbour is relatively well-known for its 1967 UFO sighting. On October 4, 1967, a strange sight was reported over the skies near the coastal community of Shag Harbour. Multiple people saw a chain of lights in the sky, which seemed to angle down and impact into the ocean near Shag Harbour. Thinking that an aircraft may have crashed, witnesses called the Royal Canadian Mounted Policemarker. RCMP officers at the scene and other witnesses saw a light bobbing on the surface, which started drifting out to sea and soon went out.

A rescue effort was quickly assembled. A large swath of thick yellow foam was witnessed in the water by fishermen and other rescuers who aided in the search for possible survivors. They were soon joined by a Coast Guard cutter. Government agencies quickly ruled out a plane crash when none were reported missing, and other possibilities were ruled out as well, such as flares. The unknown object was then officially classified as a "UFO". The Canadian navy soon launched an underwater search for possible debris, but officially nothing was ever found and the object was never identified.

Several TV documentaries and a book have surfaced in wake of the incident.

See also


  1. Canadian Register of Historic Places. The village is served by the Shag Harbour - Bear Point Volunteer Fire Department.

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