Why Star Trek on the prairies? If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked that…well we’d be sitting pretty that’s for sure. So why take that leap of faith into the final frontier? Well for lots of reasons, not the least of which is our fortuitous name link. So below you will find the top ten reasons we have adopted a Star Trek theme in Vulcan AB…drum roll please …
10. It is logical…yeah, I went there. Our name makes it a perfectly logical Enterprise (yeah, I went there too) to go for Bringing in thousands of Trek fans every year has been wonderful for our small communities.
9. Getting excited about Roman Mythology is one thing…The God of Fire, which Vulcan was actually named after, sounds just a wee bit dangerous…even though we have some stellar fire departments in Vulcan County!
8. Star Trek is cool. period.
7. Our agricultural past is awesome. In fact, we were at one point known for having the largest grain capacity of any primary grain shipping point in Canada. Now Vulcan County has production rate of 261,000 tones of wheat annually. Truthfully though, all of Alberta has a stunning history with agriculture. Star Trek has given us something that is all our own, and we love that Vulcan’s stand out in a crowd.
6. Everyone loves a chance to get up close and personal with the characters they have grown to know and love over the years. Fans of Star Trek especially love meeting their favorite personalities and we love that in Vulcan people can really get to know who the people who are attached to the faces and names they know. Spock Days, our annual convention, allows for a really close encounter that no fan will soon forget.
5. The prairies in Canada were settled by people who were ready to take on a new frontier. It was wild, unknown and filled with adventure. Anyone who knows the Star Trek cannon at all knows that it was about facing the unknown bravely and justly…coincidence? We think n
4. Star Trek fans are among some of the most diverse people you could encounter. From young to old, across all cultures and beliefs, you can…and will…find Star Trek fans! This means that each and every day the community welcomes a new face with their own story. No day is ever like another and we wouldn’t have it any other way!!
3. It is a long drive heading some places in Alberta. While the mountain and prairie vista are phenomenal and such a treat to both the local and visitors, some times even a Trekkie needs to find the loo. When nature calls we happen thave some of the coolest bathrooms in Alberta. If you have to stop anyways you may as well have a fun place to stop…and it doesn’t get much more fun than Vulcan!
2. Small communities are built on some wonderful principles. Star Trek was built on some wonderful principles. The ideals of hope equality prosperity and longevity are the kind of believes and dreams that both Star Trek and the prairies share. If you are going to invite the world to come to your community, it only makes sense to invite the people who share your wonderful view of what the future can hold. We are honored to continue and encourage the accepting culture that Gene Roddenberry presented to the world at a time when it was so needed. Knowing a ship was competently run by a crew that was not limited or overlookedbye cause of race, sex or beliefs makes us so proud to be part of the Star Trek journey.
1. Where else in the world can you carry a bat’leth in the grocery store, tell people you will meet them at the transporter or make comments about Pon Farr (wink, wink) and not get strange looks? Being in Vulcan is like coming home for many fans…and we are glad to welcome you with open arms and a hearty Live Long and Prosper!!!