Shag Harbour is a small
fishing village found along the
Shore of Nova Scotia. It is one of several
small villages found in the Municipality of Barrington, Shelburne County.
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
, a post office
, two Baptist
, and Chapel Hill
. The Chapel Hill Museum (c. 1856) is on the Canadian
Register of Historic Places.
Richardson Memorial Elementary School nuzzles the border between
Shag Harbour and neighbouring Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia. Its name honours local author Evelyn
Richardson, who lived on a small island
adjacent to Shag
Harbour. Bon Portage Island
, or Outer
Island as it is known to locals, was the setting for Richardson's
Shag Harbour is relatively well-known for its 1967 UFO
sighting. On October 4
, 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 Police.
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
Several TV documentaries and a book have surfaced in wake of the
Canadian Register of Historic Places. The village is served by the
Shag Harbour - Bear Point Volunteer Fire Department.