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St. Paul, UFO Landing Pad

When communities want to remember or honor the past they often choose to look into the future to help them build their tributes. Sometimes these tributes can be a special statue or plaque. Such was the case with St. Paul in 1966-67 when the town began its preparations for the celebration of Canada’s 100th birthday. While the town was noticed in 1964 for completing the first major Centennial Project in Canada, the St. Paul Recreation Centre, it was a project of another kind that would capture the imagination of Canadians. St. Paul took a unique approach to building their largest Centennial project. Instead of a statue or a park, they constructed something much more extraordinary—the world’s first UFO landing pad. The project was the idea of W.R. Treleaven of Hamilton, Ontario and Ken Reed of Calgary.

The 130 ton concrete landing pad was built near the main entrance to the recreation grounds on land donated by the town of St. Paul. In the spirit of the Canadian Centennial, a time capsule was sealed into the backstop, with letters addressed to Canadians from Ernest Manning, the mayor of St. Paul, and the president of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. The capsule will be unearthed in 2067. Likewise, engraved on a dedication plaque is the following statement:

"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 total the final cost of the peculiar project was $11,000, with construction and materials donated by local companies. The 1990s saw the addition of a Tourist Information Centre and UFO Interpretive Display that includes photos of alleged UFOs, crop circles and other unexplained phenomenon. Today, the site attracts visitors from around the world, and was recently the site of an international UFO conference in 2000. At the top of the list of famous visitors to the site are Queen Elizabeth II and Mother Theresa. Sounds pretty strange, so if you have the time be sure to go and see it!

The St. Paul UFO Landing Pad

The St. Paul UFO Landing Pad