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Vulcan (Alberta)

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Vulcan is a town in Southern Alberta. It draws on its fictional namesake for its fame, billing itself as the "Official Star Trek Capital of Canada."

Understand[edit]

First 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.

Get in[edit]

Vulcan is on Alberta Highway 23, approximately 120 km southeast of Calgary and 95 km northwest of Lethbridge, near that highway's junction with Highway 534.

  • 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. Vulcan/Kirkcaldy Aerodrome (Q11759605) on Wikidata Vulcan/Kirkcaldy Aerodrome on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

You probably drove into town, so getting around shouldn't be an issue.

See[edit]

The local starship

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, +1 403 485-2994, . The local tourist centre is housed in a building shaped like a Star Trek planetary surface base, and has a shuttlecraft parked outside. As of November 2018, it was closed until further notice.
  • Vulcan & District Historical Society Archives & Museum, 232 Centre Street, +1 403 485-6716, . 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.

Do[edit]

  • 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 - needless to say, it's the big event of the year.
  • Vulcan Golf and Country Club, 710 1st Street North, +1 403 485-2553. A semi-private 18-hole course.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Amy's Restaurant, 120 Service Rd SE (across the highway from the spaceship), +1 403 485-2222. 11AM-9PM. Western "Chinese" food, with some vegan options.
  • Mama's Pizza & Pasta, 123 Centre Street E, +1 403 485-6367. 11AM-9PM.
  • New Club Cafe, 124 Centre Street, +1 403 485-2030.

Drink[edit]

  • The Great Full Cup, 133 Centre Street, +1 403 485-0050. Coffee shop

Sleep[edit]

Hotels and Motels[edit]

Campgrounds[edit]

  • Virginia Mitchell Memorial Park Camp Ground, 330 - 5 Street North (Turn on 3 Avenue North from Centre Street), +1 403 485-2417. 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, +1 403 485-2417. 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.

Connect[edit]

  • 1 Vulcan Municipal Library, 303 Centre Street, +1 403 485-2571. M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Computers and wireless internet access are available for use without a library card.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Vulcan
High River ← Jct Alberta Highway 24.svg N  N Alberta Highway 23.svg S  ENDS at W Alberta Highway 3.svg E


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