The Alberta town of St. Paul is home to the world’s first UFO landing pad. Built in 1967 as a centennial project, the UFO landing pad aimed to attract both tourists and Martians to this small farming town. Explore the large, flat concrete deck, as well as the nearby saucer-shaped tourist information center, which features a museum of UFO memorabilia. Plus, report any supernatural sightings to a UFO hotline maintained by the town.
In addition to out-of-this-world experiences, St. Paul also offers opportunities to take in local culture, at the St. Paul Visual Arts Centre, the Musée Historique de St. Paul, and the Peoples’ Museum. The two museums, housed in one building, showcase the rich history of the town. Learn about St. Paul’s roots as a Métis settlement, as well as the longstanding agricultural traditions of this area.
St. Paul also serves as a staging area for Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail, a historic route that dates back to the 1700s. Its intriguing past includes use by indigenous people and early fur traders, while it later became a railway line. Today, the Iron Horse Trail is a multi-use recreational trail – a fascinating path to explore on foot, bikes, or even cross-country skis.