You can visit Vulcan Alberta - the town that has turned 'trekkie'

Vulcan - The Trekkie Town

Vulcan, Alberta - Just over an hour southeast of Calgary is the tiny community of Vulcan, population 2,000. It’s always been named Vulcan, but when Star Trek took off as a television series Vulcan took on a new image. Its evolution began with some local dignitaries showing up at a meeting wearing ‘Spock Ears’ for the fun of it. Their joke was a hit! So, after another town meeting the people of Vulcan decided they had been handed a new toursim 'Enterprise'. First they put up a replica of the Star Ship Enterprise next to a space ship-shaped Visitor Centre. Now there’s even an annual ‘trekkie’ convention, with several hundred people coming as their favorite characters. Drop by the center and you can join in the fun for free. You can slip into and Enterprise outfit and have your photo taken ‘in character’, purchase your own pair of 'Spock Ears' for a souvenir, and try the Vulcan Space Adventure Virtual Reality Game.

Where: Vulcan is one hour from Calgary, on the western edge of the Canadian Badlands - a southern Alberta region known for spectacular landscape, dinosaur fossils, and a western way of life. In the region you can enjoy camping, nature walks, watersports, and golf is available at the 18-hole Vulcan Golf and Country Club

In the News: Vulcan Alberta is home to the Official Star Trek Walk of Fame. First inductee was Garrett Wang during the 19th annual Spock Days / GalaxyFest Star Trek Convention in 2011. Wang is best know for his role as Ensign Harry Kim in Start Trek:Voyager. Spock Days 2013 is June 7- 9.

In 2009 the original Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) , the famous first officer of the Starship Enterprise, encouraged Paramount Pictures to premiere the new Star Trek film in Vulcan. Vulcan doesn't even have a theatre. So, they didn't get the premier, but 300 residents of Vulcan are were brought to Calgary for an advanced screening of Star Trek XI on May 6, 2009. On April 23, 2010 Leonard Nimoy made his first visit to Vulcan. A parade, a Mayor wearing Vuncan ears, it was a fun memorable event!


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Canada’s Coolest:

Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!

The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives

Here are some of my favorites...

Icefields Parkway - the world's most accessible glacier

The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.

Algonquin Moose Viewing

The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.

Cape Breton Cabot Trail drive

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.

And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...


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