The St. Paul Chamber was incorporation under the Federal Board of Trade Act in 1929, and the Alberta Societies
Act in 1994, creating a rich history of involvement in the community. It has served in many capacities, from the
1967 Centennial UFO Landing Pad Project to regular attendance and input at the Alberta Chamber of Commerce
AGM and Conference and the most recently, promotion of an annual St. Paul Super Saturday to start off the
Christmas season and encourage local shopping.
The mission of the St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce, as a volunteer organization, is to promote
commercial, industrial, & civic progress & well-being in our community.
As a Chamber we:
By investing in your local Chamber of Commerce, you invest in your own prosperity — both as a business person
and as a member of the community.
The mission of the St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce, as a volunteer organization, is to promote commercial, industrial, & civic progress & well-being in our community.
Mr. John Lagassé, the soul of St. Paul's Centennial Project, states in a letter to C.B.A. International, Yokohama, Japan: " The basic idea of the landing pad came from Mr. W.R. Treleaven of Hamilton, ON and Mr. Ken Reed of Calgary AB. Margo Lagassé argued that this would be an excellent Centennial Project to all that would hear across Canada. The promotion of it was handled by the St. Paul Centennial Committee".
In 1990, St. Paul's Mayor Paul Langevin began toying with some sketches for a new tourist booth. In 1992, construction began on the rounded building designed as a UFO to complement the adjacent Landing Pad. The booth, completed within budget, opened for business in May 1993, with the official opening held July 1, 1993. It served as the home of the St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce until 2008.
In 1996, an addition was built to the existing Tourist Information Center to house a UFO Interpretive Display. This is an opportunity to see actual photographs of UFOs, crop circles and cattle mutilations and is designed to educate. It explains the various degrees of sightings - first kind, second kind, etc. and shows ingenious methods to hoax the public. You decide! Purchased from the J. allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in San Francisco, USA, it is one of the two existing displays in North America.
In may 1995, a toll free number was launched to complement St. Paul's UFO theme. Reports of UFO sightings, cattle mutilations, abductions, crop circles, and encounters of all kinds are documented in the data center. You are encouraged to report any of your own experiences.