128 km from Calgary
Agriculture, tourism, business and services
Approximately 1,917 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and adult education opportunities
A sci-fi haven for Trekkies in the middle of the broad, flat Canadian prairies may seem highly illogical, but here it is. Vulcan is about halfway between Calgary and Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, North America, on Planet Earth, and warmly embraces its out-of-this-world identity.
In fact, Vulcan sprang up in 1910, when the Canadian Pacific Railway came to the area. It was originally named for the Roman god of fire by the surveyor who first visited the area. The association with Star Trek came when the show first aired in the 1960s, and the home planet of one of the show’s characters shared a name with the little town. Vulcan’s town council saw the opportunity to expand into a tourism destination in Alberta, and made it so.
Today, visitors can pose for pictures in front of a replica Starship FX6-1995-A, otherwise known as Starship Enterprise. All are welcomed, with the accompanying plaque including greetings written in English, Vulcan, and Klingon. Annual events, such as Spock Days and the Vul-Con Star Trek convention pay homage to the show, although the local Trek Centre and Enterprise replica are accessible year-round.
Aside from tourism, Vulcan was the first community in Canada to welcome a solar park, which generates about 23.5 kilowatt hours of renewable energy for the community. Fascinating! You can see it along one of the town’s walking and bike trails.
Vulcan has all the essential amenities and maintains a strong agricultural base. With shops, services, and restaurants, the town also has several social and cultural clubs, as well as recreational facilities for a variety of sports and activities from golf and soccer, to horseback riding. Residents also enjoy four parks, two ball diamonds, and three sports fields.
If living and working in a friendly, welcoming, and cheerfully quirky community appeals to you, you may find you’ll live long and prosper in Vulcan.
To learn more about Vulcan, visit the community’s website or Facebook page.