Vulcan Cruiser in Alberta and the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada

Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station, with Vulcan Cruiser Nearby

Vulcan AB official visitor centre, Star Trek(R) inspired.
Vulcan AB official visitor centre, Star Trek(R) inspired. | Source

Futurist Cities, Entert6ainment, and Tourism

Local Vulcans - the Canadian brand - marvel at the town names around their area that existed before Star Trek® hit the airwaves. These Southern Albertans already had Vulcan, Kirkcaldy, and Ensign, all in a cluster around them.

When Gene Roddenberry's science fiction television series began in early September 1966, the City of Vulcan AB hopped on board the virtual Enterprise NC-1701 immediately, the city residents learning the Vulcan salute and reveling in the sci-fi fun.

Vulcan, Alberta is the Official Star Trek® Capital of Canada as of early 2010!

Like its spiritual sister city, Roswell, New Mexico; Vulcan AB is awash in extraterrestrial visits, humor, and entertainment on a daily basis. Droves of people travel to Vulcan, dressed as their favorite Trek and other sci-fi favorites. Klingons walk down the streets at all hours. Fan created aliens not yet introduced in any Trek series are seen as well. Creatures from Star Wars, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, and Avatar are just as likely to make an appearance in Vulcan AB.

Vulcan County

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Vulcan County, AB, Canada
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For fans of science fiction, Star Trek®, and other worlds, both Roswell and Vulcan are fun; but Vulcan AB has its own bust of Mr. Spock, its own Vulcan Cruiser, and its own Trek Center for welcoming visitors of any nation or home planet.

The official Tourist Centre is called the Tourism & Trek Station. The interior is a star ship bridge with a well trained and costumed captain and crew to help you find your tourist needs around Southern Alberta and the Badlands. It is equipped with a legion of life-sizes character cut outs as well to make you feel at home in space.

The Tourist Centre offer many more attractions -- A Vulcan Space Adventure Virtual Reality Game is awaiting you in the Trek Station, along with a huge display of 800 items of Trek memorabilia. The place is a welcome center, a museum, and an arcade all in one, more exciting perhaps that the Las Vegas Star Trek® installation. Always filled with Trek characters, visitors do not want to leave the welcome center.

Roswell's 1947 UFO incident gave rise to many tourist attractions like the Little A'le'ien Inn, actually in Rachel, Nevada near Area 51. However, Vulcan is on the west border of the Badlands region, just as isolated a wilderness as the desert in New Mexico and around Nevada's Area 51 - and just as beautiful with its hoodoo rock structures and wilderness tapestries.

Saami Teepee, SE of Vulcan

Saamis Teepee, built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and moved to Medicine Hat, southeast of Vulcan.
Saamis Teepee, built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and moved to Medicine Hat, southeast of Vulcan.

Subpolar Indigenous Links Near Vulcan

This Saamis teepee is found in more astoundingly staged photos around the Internet, but it is 20 stories tall and a tribute to First Nations Indigenous Peoples in Alberta. It was built and staged at the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics and moved just southeast of Vulcan to scenic Medicine Hat, where travelers pass by on the highway and take an astonished look.

Saami is the name that the related Northern European Indigenous People call themselves in their national anthem: Säämi suuvâ laavlâ. The National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, and IBM Genographic Project and other research have shown by tracking migration patterns and DNA evidence that the Saami (Sami) and Canadian First Nations are likely linked. Cultural links, such as the oral traditions, arts, architectural designs, and customs also exhibit some similarities.

The term "Saami" in Alberta is also linked with the Blackfoot term meaning "medicine" and this may be the origin of the place known as Medicine Hat. The super-teepee pictured above is one tribute to the First Nations in Southern Alberta and perhaps the Old World Saami/Sami as well, all not far from Vulcan - which seems set at the hub of many colorful peoples, including Mr. Spock. It is a vortex of "fascinating possibilities", as Spock might say.

Tour of the Tee-pee Area, TransCanada Highway

Hoodoos in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park south of Vulcan. (Public domain)
Hoodoos in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park south of Vulcan. (Public domain)

Vulcan, Alberta Celebrates Every Day - Spock visited in April 2010

Vulcan Star Ship FX6-1995

Likely a Constellation Class Heavy Cruiser of Star Fleet.
Likely a Constellation Class Heavy Cruiser of Star Fleet. | Source

Todd and Frank at Star Trek Galaxyfest in Vulcan, Alberta

Calling All Vulcans! - TWEET!

I learned about all of this quite by fabulous accident.

After joining Bill Shatner's MyOuterSpace.com and meeting some interesting creative people on the site and sfter following Mr. Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and other actors and writers in the sci-fi genre on Twitter, I began to receive some pretty astounding information through that medium. Mr. Nimoy tweeted the link to the video above and watching it led me to look around and find all the rest. Fascinating!

Attractions, Business, and Jobs

Vulcan is a small town of population 2,000 in the central part of Vulcan County in southern Alberta. The city is approximately 75 miles or roughly 120 km from the larger Calgary AB, which was the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Vulcan is not far form the Badlands Region of Alberta, full of natural wonders to see and photograph.

Few new jobs are available in Vulcan itself, but over 24,000 openings are listed around Alberta Province, as shown below. The local economy is largely derived from tourism and related businesses, along with agriculture and the gas and oil industry.  

The major AB cities with job listings to fill include Calgary (with over 1/3 of the listings), Edmonton, Ft Mcmurray, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Sherwood Park, Lloydminster, and Banff, AB (a particular base for resort vacations and tours). The Alberta Pipeline is a good source for jobs, considering that it is partnering with both New Town, North Dakota and parts of Alaska, as well as other places, to transport oil and natural gas resources.

In May 2010, over 24,000 jobs openings were listed throughout the Province of Alberta, gathered from all Internet resources by SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com job search and trending engines. The job titles most often listed and in highest demand are:

Top 20 Hiring Companies

  1. Saudi Aramco
  2. Randstad Engineering
  3. Manpower
  4. ATB Financial
  5. Suncor Energy
  6. Design Group Staffing
  7. Canadian Natural Resources
  8. Loblaw Companies
  9. Randstad
  10. University of Calgary
  11. Inteqna
  12. Suncor
  13. Robert Half Finance & Accounting
  14. Robert Half Technology
  15. Roneta Professional Search
  16. Canadian Natural Resource
  17. Sapphire Canada
  18. Husky Energy
  19. Metafore
  20. David Aplin Recruiting

High Demand Jobs in Alberta

  1. Live-In Caregivers - Advertised online by private individuals and families.
  2. Food Counter Attendant - Chain fast food shops, concessions, lunch counters, etc.
  3. Cooks and Line Cooks
  4. Food Service Supervisors
  5. Administrative Assistants
  6. Kitchen Helpers
  7. Food and Beverage Servers
  8. Cashiers
  9. Project Managers
  10. Housekeeping Room Attendants
  11. Gas and Oil Field Jobs
  12. Truck Drivers Short-, Long-Haul
  13. Retail Salespeople
  14. Customer Service Representatives
  15. Sales Representatives
  16. Store Managers
  17. Delivery Drivers
  18. Restaurant Managers

 

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Comments and Vulcan Salutes 17 comments

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you very much for a wonderful hub, especially the pictures.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Patty...Thanks for this interesting and enjoyable Hub...I loved Star Trek in the 60's and shared a lot of face time with my kids watching it...the cultural commentary got a little heavy sometimes, but I think we mostly ignored that and just enjoyed the vicarious ride through the mysterious galaxy... The supporting links and videos are just great...Thanks again for your continuing contributions to HubPages...You are much appreciated...Larry


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Great hub Patty! One day I'm going to drag my sisters there and check it out :P


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hello, hello; maven101, and Enelle Lamb - It looks like a great fun place, doesn't it? Thanks 1000 times for all the good comments, too.

maven101 - If Leonard Nimoy had not tweeted, who knows when I would have found it? I watch ST:TOS and others when I can - no cable and late-nite TV has it once in a while - so it's a treat.

Enelle - Go and take lots of pictures; it should be a blast.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

It's a great, fun place to visit, Patty - one of the highlights is the restaurant across from the center where they sell the best ice cream in Southern Alberta, made by the Foothills Creamery.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

That sounds like fun, EedElf! Is it Enterprise Family Restaurant? I can't tell from the map, but if I can find some photos of Centre St., I'll post them too. Maybeone day I'll make it to the Spock Days.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great hub Patty. I never knew this. Boy you can learn something new everyday on hub pages. Thank you for the links and videos


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Connie Ho 6 years ago from Montreal, Canada

Hello, I have lived in Calgary for 5 years. Have briefly heard Vulcan but never know this little town is well known. I really like the part "Attractions, Business, and Jobs" because it gives a lowdown on the city, very useful indeed, cheers.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I appreciate all your comments. With added attention increasing, Vulcan may grow larger and offer even more thigns to do - and perhaps some new jobs.


Reptile Vivarium 6 years ago

Hi Patty! I really like this hub! It's very in-depth and informative. Keep up the great work and never give up your passion for Star Trek!


bob 5 years ago

i love Vulcan


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Along with your cheese, no doubt.


mico 5 years ago

I used to work for Enterprise Family Restaurant.


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lone77star 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What delightful fun. I remember my parents got a color TV to replace our B&W just because Star Trek came on. Every Friday evening, we'd have something special to eat and treat ourselves to the adventure. Those Vulcans sound like really smart people!


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RalphGreene 5 years ago

It's a FUN-tastic hub.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

I loved the pictures. Thanks for the hub.


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kimlhomel 5 years ago from Canada

Good info, thanks!

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