Thursday, July 16, 2009

Live Long And Prosper

As soon as we saw the new Star Trek movie by JJ Abrams, we knew where we would be going this summer. The place is Vulcan located in Alberta just south east of Calgary. Maybe next year we will visit Enterprise, Northwest Territories.

A little background so you don't get confused. Vulcan, Alberta was named after the Greek God of Fire by the Canadian Pacific Railroad in early the 1900's. Vulcan was the blacksmith to the Gods.

The town's name has brought some attention that has helped it become a tourist attraction. In the Star Trek television and film series it is the name of the homeworld of the Vulcans.

Capitalizing on this coincidence, the town has built a Star Trek-themed tourist station (the Tourism and Trek Station), which provides tourist information, displays Star Trek memorabilia, and where visitors may participate in The Vulcan Space Adventure virtual reality game. Nearby, a replica of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek V has been mounted on a pedestal which includes writing from Trek alien languages like Klingon. The town has also created space-themed murals and signs, and hosts an annual community-wide Star Trek convention known as VulCON: Spock Days/Galaxyfest.
This convention attracts hundreds of Star Trek fans from around the world.
Tomorrow, I'll add some pictures from inside the visitor's centre and the virtual reality game.

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