The small town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada has been capitalizing on it’s Trek-ish name for the last couple of decades, and now they have made it official. Vulcan has now been deemed the ‘Official Star Trek Capital of Canada.’ The town is planning a number of events to celebrate, including a visit from Leonard Nimoy. All the details below.
Vulcans make it official + Nimoy to unveil ‘Spock’ bust
The town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada got its name in 1910 by a Canadian Pacific Railway surveyor who had a special interest in roman mythology. However, ever since Star Trek came on the air in the 60s, people have looked at the town differently. Citizens of the small town on the Canadian prairie (current population: 1,792) noticed in the 70s and 80s that people would stop by and get their picture taken next to anything with the name "Vulcan" on it, flashing the famous Star Trek Vulcan salute. Soon local merchants began carrying Star Trek merchandise and by the early nineties the town began holding an annual Trek convention/town fair. Star Trek themed murals, a replica of the Enterprise and the "Trek Station" visitors building all followed. One Trekkie from nearby Calgary even had her final wish fulfilled by being buried in the Vulcan town cemetery, complete with a headstone shaped like the Starfleet logo. In short, the Vulcans embraced Trek in a big way.
Vulcan’s ‘Trek Station’
Some may remember last year the town of Vulcan made news for its quixotic campaign to host the world premiere of JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. Quite a goal for a town that doesn’t even have a movie theater! In the end Paramount stuck with their plan to start their Star Trek world tour at the famous Sydney Opera House, but due to intervention from Leonard Nimoy the residents of Vulcan did get a special advance screening of the film in nearby Calgary. JJ Abrams also sent a letter to the mayor of Vulcan thanking him and the town for their "encouragement, dedication and support of Star Trek."
Vulcan town leaders with framed copy of the Star Trek DVD and letter from JJ Abrams
And now the town has taken it to the next level by getting a license from CBS to be designated the official Star Trek capital of Canada.
“We are very excited about our new status as the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada, and look forward to working with CBS to incorporate even more elements of the Star Trek universe into our community’s public spaces,” said Dayna Dickens, Vulcan’s Tourism Coordinator.
Vulcan makes it official
To celebrate their new official status, the town of Vulcan has a number of activities in 2010, including:
- a special visit from actor Leonard Nimoy, the original Vulcan Mr. Spock on April 23, courtesy of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
- unveiling a bronze bust of Mr. Spock and Mr. Nimoy’s Live Long and Prosper handprint in downtown Vulcan
- the launch of an inaugural line of Star Trek collectible souvenir merchandise in the Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station gift shop
- and a guest appearance by actor Tim Russ (Star Trek Voyager’s Tuvok) at the Spock Days/Galaxyfest community-wide Star Trek convention June 11 and 12
For more on Vulcan and these events visit vulcantourism.com
More Star Trek towns?
Vulcan is the official Canadian Star Trek capital. So it is possible that other cities around the world may also want to jump in and get themselves named capitals as well. An obvious candidate for the American capital would be Riverside, IA, which Gene Roddenberry deemed to be the official birthplace of James T. Kirk. Each year Riverside hosts their own "TrekFest" town fair with a Star Trek theme. And in Scotland, Linlithgow and Aberdeen can battle it out to be the UK capital.
Here is Travel Alberta Tourism video about Vulcan
And here is a report from G4TV from last year’s Vulcan Star Trek convention