Close Encounters of the Lethbian Kind

Editors note: the following is a guest article from Carli Kogler, who once gave us tips on dealing with an alien apocolypse. She's back and delves further into the paranormal.

A quick ol' fashioned Google search will provide you with loads of material concerning ghostly happenings and other paranormal events within the confines of our city, but what I have yet to find is a decent collective concerning anything to do with the UFO phenomenon. Every year, a good handful of reports are generated with various claims of strange lights and aircraft around Lethbridge's immediate area, yet where is the spotlight for those supposed little green men/secret government agenda? Isn't it time we throw down our shackles of obscure adversity and acknowledge them as yet another precious gem that Lethbridge might have to offer?

Compiled below is a list of some of the more interesting local tales and incidents I managed to scrounge up on the subject matter, so please sit back, enjoy with your eyes, and then forward this page to that family member for some lively commentary or a possible dinnertime debate.

UFO Case File 1: The Fleetwood Elementary Sightings

Sources: [1] [2] [3]

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's A TERRIFYING HOVERING ELLIPTICAL BLUEISH LIGHT THING? Let's throw rocks at it!

There's somewhat of a conflicting report on this one about whether it was only the school-aged boys who witnessed this occurrence, or if an adult was also present for some of the "apparitions". Either way, these news articles prove interesting in that this unidentified object looked and behaved much differently than the commonly reported aerial abnormalities of the specific era and that it was a "group" type sighting made by different witnesses at different times.

UFO Case File 2: The Airshow UFO(s)

Sources: [1] [2] [3]

Everyone remembers the great airshow jet crash of 2010, but while our minds were fixated on the death-defying reflexes of well-chiseled pilot Capt. Brian Bews and the arguably ":O" explosion of a multi-million dollar piece of flying metal, did we miss something else happening in the background? Shortly after the crash, a series of videos were uploaded and circulated online that many think capture UFOs among the various aerial events of that day. Was this an attempt by the unknown to steal the spotlight from one of the city's go-to summer attractions and perform their own gravity defying acrobatics, or are we seeing proof of something more sinister at hand? Expensive military jets don't just randomly crash on the windy prairie you know.

UFO Case File 3: Nordic Aliens, Ice Circles, and Orbs

Source: [1]

Here's an interesting report submitted to The Vike Factor from an anonymous patron disclosing some very bizarre information.

To the best of my knowledge, these photos were taken February/March of 2003 and the location was at the Old Man River, Lethbridge, Alberta. 

I could probably provide the GPS coordinates if you desire. I know someone who, on a different occasion has seen small chrome orbs above the river, upriver of this circle, but not related to this circle.

​I have personally seen what would be best described as a "Nordic" very tall, albino, long hair, no recognizable facial features, void of mouth eyes nose, just a blank face and acted very strange, again, not related to this circle.

Unfortunately, there's a very valid explanation on why/how ice circles like the one above are formed, but what I'd like to know is why the latter claims made by this person are treated as secondary information. I can't be the only one who is far more interested in this strange featureless tall white guy, right? Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the DREAM BOATS known as Nordic Aliens?

UFO Case File 4: A well documented encounter

Source: [1]

Yet another post from The Vike Factor, this one has to do with a citizen experiencing what could very well be a close encounter of the third kind.

After being bothered by the sound of footsteps on the roof for three consecutive nights and finding no logical evidence or explanation to who or what was causing the ruckus, this citizen then witnessed a large triangular craft (which seems to be pretty popular around these parts) and documented the whole ordeal as best as they could.

This one stands out and is a personal fave because of the great attention to detail, so thanks anonymous person for delivering the goods on this – unlike the Nordic alien guy above

If you or anyone you know is being ruthlessly terrorized by the unknown or might have saw a thing in the sky once and lived to talk about it, feel free to tell us about it. Lethbian Love only runs half the time thanks to the fodder that comes from citizens like YOU (and sometimes money thrown haphazardly from that shady businessman downtown that smells like cognac and makes us do really weird things for him every September for his birthday…)

More Engrish history of Lethbridge!

It is very accurate:

One-liner of the most in vogue museums of Lethbridge is the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives. Believing the rumours stable ghosts visit it! After this you can trip along the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to think the instant unsophisticated unanimity and use to advantage the pulchritude of its floristic compositions.

Lethbridge is a big apple where celebrations and extraordinary play events never end. Here you purpose unequivocally find engaging places to collapse! Music, artistic, striking performances, children attractions and kid-friendly cafes and parks – this all is waiting on the side of you here.

History of Lethbridge (via Kim Siever)

Engrish record of Lethbridge

This website Amada Hotel has some of history to well fascinate you. It curates Lethbridge as lovely city of great excitement. Please for your interest:

Places to discern
One-liner of the most approved museums of Lethbridge is the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives. Believing the rumours stable ghosts seize it! After this you can trip along the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to surface the instant impulsive orderliness and have the belle of its floristic compositions.
Year-round sport program is offered in Fort Whoop-up Interpretive Centre. One of its favourite services is hopping, skipping and jumping from the Helen Schuler Coulee Mid-point where a pat crow called “Pegleg” welcomes visitors. It is a lodgings where you can find unacceptable a quantity of intriguing facts here the Lethbridge wildlife. More than 80 hectares of Lethbridge Nature Reserve are located here.
If you are affectionate of quick rest, observe our parks, numerous trails together with your blood, it resolve be an stirring diversion either for grown-ups and kids. But be scrupulous not to touch with our rattlesnakes!

Record of Lethbridge (via Kim Siever)

Historical Lethbridge anthem

I came across this YouTube video. He seems to know a lot about the history of Lethbridge! [citation needed]


Lethbridge Alberta was first known as “The Coal Banks”. The main industry in the early days of Lethbridge Alberta was coal, first discovered by Nicholas Sheran and then capitalized by the Galt Family. Coalbanks was renamed “Lethbridge” in 1906 when the Canadian Pacific Railroad was building track across Souther Alberta. They build the longest and tallest steel trestle bridge in the world across the coulees in Lethbridge Alberta and it was completed in 1909, still holding its records to this day. Lethbridge Alberta is a beautiful place when the snow melts in the summer because Lethbridge Alberta is founded on the banks of the Oldman River that snakes through Lethbridge on its way across southern Alberta. Lethbridge Alberta is now known more as a party town and its main industry is food processing. However, there may be oil around Lethbridge Alberta and this town may one day, boom again. Wait and see. Lethbridge Alberta is full of surprises. I verily enjoy the city of Lethbridge, Alberta. I invite you to have a look at Lethbridge Alberta yourself and learn more about Lethbridge Alberta from this song I wrote about Lethbridge Alberta.

Lethbridge’s Straight Dope

If you’re looking to score some LSD, Layne Whipple is not your man. However, he passed along a rare treasure from days long past – one that smelled more like old books than anything else.

This little capsule was put on the streets by the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta, showing that people weren’t always so tight-assed (but I guess it was the 70s, after all). Hit the jump to see its contents! Continue reading ‘Lethbridge’s Straight Dope’

Ginger convention at the Galt

My mom, who is more connected than Twitter, gave me the heads up that the Galt Museum once again will be holding their popular “Scotch & Burns” event on January 22.

Join the Galt for this verrry special celebration of the Scottish poet’s birth. Try haggis, join in on the songs, and enjoy performances by the Lethbridge Highland Dancers and Lethbridge Scottish Country Dance Club, all followed by a Scotch Tasting [tickets at the event]. This year, event honours and commemorates long-time supporter Stewart Christie. You don’t have to be Scottish to attend!

Admission is $3 and kids under 6 get in free! Since scotch is an acquired taste, it’s best to train one’s palate by starting young.

Galt Museum & Archives

Watch a man as he walks around downtown talking

Here’s a mostly-boring walking tour of historic downtown Lethbridge. If you listen closely at 5:00, Ted refers to the Henotic building as the "fucking #1 fire hall." He must really like it! Also, the guy at 6:30 has a nice strut.


Now please tell me I wasn’t the only one who kept looking at his crotch bulge?

Track? Where we’re going, we don’t need track!

lethbridge_high_levelOne of those landmarks which people instantly associate with Lethbridge would be the viaduct, or high-level bridge. It’s also on the masthead of this website (remind me to change that). Sometimes mistaken for being the inspiration for this city’s name, it’s quite the opposite. Bridges were first invented in Lethbridge in the 1820s, which then spread to the rest of the civilized world, using bridges.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the train bridge. Although plenty of articles have already been written, Lethbridge College‘s “Wider Horizons” magazine has a particularly in-depth story, with all sorts of factoids.

The bridge was originally built, at a cost of $1.3 million, to shorten the rail distance between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. As the late Lethbridge historian Alex Johnston noted in one of his papers: “Up to this point, the bridges constructed in the west had been of wooden timbers. The design chosen for this bridge was a steel viaduct consisting of 44 plate girder spans 67 feet, 1 inch long, 22 plate girder spans 98 feet, 10 inches long, and one riveted deck lattice truss span 167 feet long.

Plans are underway for celebrations later this year, including lighting the bridge up at night.

Wider Horizons: High & Mighty

Also, I just had to include this somewhere.

I think I’m getting the black lung, pop

Although Lethbridge didn’t start off as a mining town, it’s well known for that. And the whiskey trade, train bridge, chinook winds and Pilsner beer. So it’s National Mining Week – a big deal for a town that once called itself “Coalbanks” (I think they changed the name because of the Inn’s reputation).

First celebrated in 1996, National Mining Week recognizes the importance of the Canadian mining industry to the economic development of Canada.

Continue reading ‘I think I’m getting the black lung, pop’