In May 1967 Canadian Stephen Michalak of Winnipeg, Manitoba decided to relax by doing some prospecting in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. A mechanic by trade, Michalak had been an amateur geologist for some time and was familiar with the area. Others had found several quartz veins near Falcon Lake that were associated with silver deposits, thus the region was perfect for a relaxing Victoria Weekend spent in pursuit of some precious metals. Up early on May 19th, Michalak had located a vein of the precious material after only a few hours of prospecting, stopped for a quick lunch break, then resumed his digging.
Shortly after noon, he heard the sound of geese flying overhead. Looking up to catch a glimpse he was caught off guard to see something altogether different; two elongated red glowing objects, one of which was slowly descending towards the ground. The closer it came to him the more it took on a disc-like appearance. He watched in awe as the 1st object hovered defiantly in the air while the second object settled down on a large rock approximately 150ft.away. The hovering disc then quickly changed color from red to orange, then finally turning grey as it disappeared in a cloud bank.
Michalak stood transfixed in the same spot for some 30-minutes, in that time having the presence of mind to quickly sketch the landed saucer. Overcome with curiosity, and sensing no immediate threat, Michalak approached the craft. An opening suddenly appeared by the time he was within a few yards of the vehicle. Able to see into the craft from that vantage point, he saw what appeared to be an array of colorful lights not unlike what one would see on a lit Christmas tree. At the opened doorway of the craft, Michalak chanced the unknown, having heard what he took for some type of spoken communication in a foreign but indistinct language. Peering cautiously inside, he noted a series of panels emitting various colored light beams not unlike what you would expect from a laser beam, or fiber optics. The beams of light crisscrossed strangely. Looking around he saw no pilot or sign of life. The strange sound that he took for language had stopped the moment he had peered inside the craft.
Suddenly fearful, he backed out of the doorway a split second before three panels suddenly closed in an unexpected fashion, closing and eliminating any sign of the doorway. Examining the exterior of the craft, he reached out to touch it. He described it as “highly polished colored glass with no breaks or seams in its surface.” When he made contact with the craft, his glove was melted from its heat. Suddenly a vented opening about nine inches tall by six inches appeared. Heat emitted from the strange vent caught Michalak’s shirt and set it afire. Removing his shirt quickly he was overcome by extreme pain.
He watched the saucer take off and ascend the clouds in a matter of seconds. A vacuum of air could be felt as it left the ground. He found himself in immediate need of medical attention, his chest badly burned and suffering from a sudden spell of dizziness. Before leaving the area, he tried to make a landmark by piling up debris and rocks. Suffering from a bad headache, he quickly broke into a cold sweat and violently vomited. He eventually made his way to the highway and was found by the police who transported him to a local hospital where he was treated for his severe burns, dizziness and debilitating headache.
Did Stephen Michalak have an encounter with something out of this world on Victoria Day weekend in May 1967? He was known as and reputed to be a hard working, reliable and honest man not given to tall tales. The burns on his chest are a matter of public record. His health declined sharply in the years after his claimed strange encounter.
A subsequent visit to the location by the local authorities in the days and weeks after the alleged event showed a distinct sharp increase in radiation levels in and around the spot where the craft had allegedly landed. By late June 1967, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had taken an interest in Michalak’s claims. They could not identify the site on their own, and on June 1st Michalak accompanied them. Michalak initially could not locate the site, which raised further doubts regarding his claim. The RCMP also confirmed that Michalak had consumed multiple bottles of beer the night before the sighting.
On June 26 Michalak had located the site and recovered personal belongings he had left there. The RCMP obtained soil samples from the location, which they tested for radioactivity. The tests were negative. On July 28, Michalak and RCMP officers together identified a semicircle on the rock face at the scene, 15 feet in diameter, where the moss had been somehow removed. There were traces of radiation in a fault in the rock across the center of the landing spot. No trace of radiation was found around the outer perimeter of the circle or in the moss or grass below the raised portion of the rock.
The location of Michalak’s encounter was investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as other respected government and civilian UFO groups. The Condon Committee held its own investigation. There was nothing left to investigate, yet nothing was found to debunk his story. It should be noted that Michalak paid all of his own expenses, including a later visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in the hope of improving his health. He later attempted to recoup some of his costs, writing a booklet of his alleged experience at Falcon Lake, but it lost money.
Stephen Michalak is one of the few people to claim physical injury from contact with a UFO. Today, his account of the encounter at Falcon Lake is widely considered legitimate. Stephen Michalak died in 1999 at age 83. Today the Canadian Government identifies the Falcon Lake case as unsolved.