Incorporated in December 1912, Vulcan was named after the classical god, and its major roads were named after other classical gods and goddesses. It became a major grain shipment point, but changing economics sent that business elsewhere in Alberta, until the town was little more than a service hub for the surrounding farms.
Then somebody noticed the Star Trek connection. Nowadays, Vulcan is the largest Star Trek fan tourist draw in Canada.
- 1 Vulcan/Kirkcaldy Aerodrome. Located at the old RCAF Station Vulcan (and has a historical marker about the old airbase). General aviation only, no commercial service.
You probably drove into town, so getting around shouldn't be an issue.
There are Star Trek-themed murals throughout town, and some of the street lights have starship-shaped ornamental mountings.
- Bell Park, corner of Centre Street and 2nd Avenue South. Home of the Town Bell (rung to announce the beginning of curfew when the town had a Curfew Ordinance) and a bronze bust of Spock (commemorating Leonard Nimoy's visit to Vulcan in 2010).
- 1 Starship FX6-1995-A. A roadside attraction, believed to be the world's biggest Star Trek Enterprise replica. The attraction's dedication plaque includes text in some languages used in Star Trek, including Klingon.
- 2 Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station, 115 Centre St E, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 9AM-6PM. The local tourist centre is housed in a building shaped like a Star Trek planetary surface base, and has a shuttlecraft parked outside.
- Vulcan & District Historical Society Archives & Museum, 232 Centre Street, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. June-September: Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Not Star Trek-themed. The museum has displays about Vulcan's communication, heritage, and medical history.
- Vulcan Tinman Triathlon. Beginning of June. A family-friendly triathlon.
- Spock Days. Second weekend in June. All of the events you'd expect to see in a small-town fair, given a Vulcan twist.
- Vul-Con. End of July. The local Star Trek convention — celebrities, vendors, a dinner and dance, a Cosplay Parade through town. It's the big event of the year.
- Vulcan Golf and Country Club, 710 1st Street North, ☏ . A semi-private 18-hole course.
- Amy's Restaurant, 120 Service Rd SE (across the highway from the spaceship), ☏ . 11AM-9PM. Western "Chinese" food, with some vegan options.
- Mama's Pizza & Pasta, 123 Centre Street E, ☏ . 11AM-9PM.
- New Club Cafe, 124 Centre Street, ☏ .
- The Great Full Cup, 133 Centre Street, ☏ . Coffee shop
Hotels and Motels
- Vulcan Country Inn, 110 Centre St, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Has coin-operatied laundry machines and an attached restaurant.
- 1 Wheatland Motel, 115 2nd Street Southeast, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- Virginia Mitchell Memorial Park Camp Ground, 330 - 5 Street North (Turn on 3 Avenue North from Centre Street), ☏ . 16 campsites, with 30amp power, sani-dump, picnic tables, free showers, tap water, flush toilets, and playground. Fires permitted. Open May-Sept (contact Town of Vulcan to confirm). $25/night.
- Vulcan Municipal Park (Camp Ground), 702 Elizabeth Street, ☏ . 10 campsites, with waste disposal, washroom, tap water, and a shared picnic shelter. No power. Open May-Sept (contact Town of Vulcan to confirm). 3 nights free, after that $10/night.
- 1 Vulcan Municipal Library, 303 Centre Street, ☏ . M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Computers and wireless internet access are available for use without a library card.
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