The small Yukon community of Teslin may have gained international attention through its frequent
, but the town of St.Paul, Alberta is hoping to gain attention of a different kind - intergalactic.
To celebrate Canada's centennial anniversary in 1968, the small Alberta town decided to commemorate its past by looking towards its future. As a tribute to the centenary, St.Paul chose to build the world's first UFO landing pad. The pad is composed of concrete and reinforced steel, and weighs in at 130 tons. The pad's backstop features a mosaic map of Canada, made up of tiny stones provided by each province. All of the country's provincial and territorial flags fly high above the landing pad, waiting to welcome its first extraterrestrial visitors. A time capsule was also included in the construction of the backstop and is to be opened on June 3, 2067. A dedication plaque near the landing pad states the following:
Republic of St. Paul (Stargate Alpha). The area under the world’s first UFO Landing Pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings. All visitors from Earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul.
In 1996, an interpretive centre was added to the site, featuring photographs and videos of alleged UFO sightings. The exhibit also includes displays on crop circles, cattle mutilations, and other unexplained phenomenon. The site's UFO Data Centre is working to document UFO sightings and abductions, and encourages all who have had a close encounter to call their hotline at 1-888-SEE-UFOS.
As of yet, there have been no intergalactic visitors to the site, but the landing pad has attracted tourists from around the globe. Notable guests include Queen Elizabeth II and Mother Theresa.For More Information:
CBC Archives: An Invitation that is Out of this World
CBC Archives: Still Waiting for Martians: St.Paul 31 Years Later
St.Paul & District Chamber of Commerce: UFO Landing Pad Facts
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