When you drove your beautiful home-on-wheels out of your Alberta RV Dealer, you probably never imagined camping in a place where Klingon and Vulcan are official languages or where pointed ears are a fashion statement. Gas up your motorhome and head just 95 kilometres, north of Lethbridge is the town of Vulcan, Alberta. Thanks to a brilliant marketing and branding effort, this smallish agricultural town is now the official Canadian home to Spock from the “StarTrek” television and movie phenomenon, penned by Gene Roddenberry. As the town slogan says, “Resistance is Futile.”
Vulcan has always had a celestial connection, of sorts. The name dates back to 1910 when a surveyor, impressed by the boldly painted prairie sunsets, named the agricultural town after the Roman God of Fire. The streets also bore names like Mars, Jupiter and Neptune. But in 1995 the tourism office became the futuristic Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station. Walk inside the space-age building and find a memorabilia museum and a gift shop selling everything from T-shirts to “tribbles,” cuddly alien furr-balls from one of the original “StarTrek” episodes. Visit the second weekend in June and you might just find a celebrity or two in town for the annual Spock Days Celebration and Family Fun Fair.
If the tourism centre wasn’t enough to get your attention, parked outside is Vulcan’s own replica starship. Patterned after the original Starship Enterprise, this craft overlooks Route 23. Vulcan Truck & RV Centre is across the street. Fully serviced sites (30 amp power) have you sleeping in the shadow of this iconic spacecraft. The campground offers its own space-age style restaurant, onsite store, restrooms and showers. A gas and diesel station is next door. Best of all, your campsite is within walking distance of Vulcan’s core.
For those wanting more Earthly activities, the Vulcan Golf & Country Club offers a challenging 18-hole course and onsite restaurant. The Sid Hartung Memorial Rodeo takes place each August at Vulcan’s rodeo grounds. The third weekend of July brings decked out muscle cars to town for the Show and Shine Car Show. Enjoy muscle car burnout competitions, a demolition derby and an antique tractor-pull. The Vulcan and District Museum displays local heritage items from the town’s agricultural past. History and aircraft buffs can explore the Bomber Command Museum of Canada on the grounds of the BCATP Vulcan Aerodrome, a World War II flying school.
Bringing your Alberta motorhome to this part of Alberta really does give you the keys to an exciting vacation experience in the fun-filled town of Vulcan. You and your RV are most welcome. Oh, yes, English is widely spoken, in case you were wondering.