Here are a few quick facts on the Town of Vulcan and Vulcan County. Whether you’re looking for the population or a few quick Star Trek facts, we can help you! Media representatives please feel free to use any facts or photos (with photo credit to Vulcan Tourism).
- The population of the County of Vulcan is 3,875 as of the 2011 Statistics Canada Census.
- The population of the Town of Vulcan is 1,836 as of the 2011 Statistics Canada Census
- Vulcan is nestled exactly one hour between both Lethbridge and Calgary on highway 23.
- Towns, Villages and Hamlets within Vulcan County include:
- The foundation was laid for the Town of Vulcan in 1910 when the Canadian Pacific Railway moved into the area. By 1911, the first train had arrived and there was a population of 29 with 14 thriving businesses. By 1913, the population had grown to nearly 500 and more than 40 businesses were present, it was in this year that the village was able to incorporate.
- The Town of Vulcan was originally named after the Roman God of Fire and Forge by a Canadian Pacific Rail surveyor in the early 1900s. While surveying the area, he discovered that Vulcan was at the highest elevation on the CP rail line at the time. He saw the town as being the most prosperous along the rail line and Vulcan was born.
- During World War II, Vulcan was home to more than 2,500 pilots belonging to the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force). The base included No. 2 Flyers Instructors School and No. 19 Service Flying Training School. There are seven hangers remaining representing one of the largest RCAF flight lines still in existence.
- At one time Vulcan had more grain elevators than any other location west of Winnipeg. The famous “Nine in a Line” is etched into Vulcan’s history. For over 50 years nine elevators, each with annexes, stood proud in the Vulcan skyline. Today, Vulcan County produces over 261,000 tonnes of wheat, barely, and other products which are shipped to nearly 70 countries worldwide
- When Star Trek: The Original Series aired in the 1960s, Vulcan was Mr. Spock’s home planet. As Star Trek continued to grow and the Town of Vulcan continued to expand, local organizations and the Town Council saw an opportunity to expand into a tourism destination in Alberta. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Vulcan Association of Science and Trek (VAST) was established to move Vulcan forward into this new endeavor.
- The first Star Trek convention held in Vulcan was in 1992 and was known as VulCON.
- The Vulcan Starship, unveiled June 10, 1995, sits along Highway 23 at the entrance into Vulcan. The ship was built to model the original starship used in the Original Series of Star Trek and has a unique set of call signs, FX6 1995-A. “FX6” stands for the Vulcan airport identifier from the Canadian Flight Supplement, 1995 represents the year of it’s release, and “A” signifies the first project launched in pursuit of development of the Science and Trek them throughout Vulcan County.
-October 1998 marked the opening of the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station. The centre is home to a collection of Star Trek memorabilia, a replica bridge, and gift-shop. Along with Star Trek related items the centre can also provide travel information for the province of Alberta.
- Mr. Spock came home to Vulcan April 23, 2010. This was Leonard Nimoy’s first trip to Vulcan, attracting thousands of fans from all across Canada.
- Vulcan became the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada and officially became licensed with CBS in 2009.
- 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the annual Star Trek Convention Spock Days with the theme “BOLDLY GOING FOR 20 YEARS!”
- 2013 marks the Town of Vulcan Centennial.
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