How many of us grew up watching Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock battles enemies and aliens in order to keep peace in the Federation? Ok, many of you may be too young to remember those original episodes but Star Trek has been a franchise that carries on and on. Both on the large and small screen it has entertained many of us over the years and if my grandsons are any indication, will continue to entertain us for many years to come.
Now can you imagine the excitement of a young fan when he found out he lived a mere 90 minutes from Vulcan?! Ok, so not the Vulcan of Star Trek fame but pretty close. This rural town in southern Alberta has taken advantage of its famous name (and to be honest, Mr. Spock has been here).
On a recent drive south as we headed down to Montana, EJ suddenly made the connection to the name of the town we were driving through. Most car rides include him listening to his favorite tunes, playing with toys cars in the back seat, or watching downloaded movies and television programs so unless we point out a particular spot along the way he won’t often notice. On this day he noticed the mileage sign and couldn’t wait to see if the town did, in fact, live up to its name.
Arriving to find a Vulcan Starship prominently displayed by the highway, EJ couldn’t wait to get out and read the signs. He also wanted to see the picture taking screen that allowed an entire family to join in on the fun.
Besides the Starship and park features, the visitor center in Vulcan also follows the theme.
You can just see the signs in the front windows that advertise upcoming Trekkie events for the town. And there have been many over the years including the celebration of Leonard Nemoy coming home to Vulcan in 2010. Here’s a video I found from the event on YouTube.
And every summer the town expands to include the attendees to Vul-Con with guests from a variety of Star Trek movies and televisions series. There is a meet and greet and no event would be complete without a parade.
Unfortunately, we were delayed and didn’t make it back to Vulcan in time for Vul-Con
this year but we did take advantage of a free night in their municipal campground (no services but a clean bathroom and free for the first three nights of camping). We’ve added Vul-Con to our list for next summer since we now have a teenage fan of the franchise in the house.
So there you have it, a peek into the rural town of Vulcan Alberta and some of the things they’ve done to encourage visitors to their little corner of the world.
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