On Friday, Leonard Nimoy — the actor famous for playing Star Trek’s most beloved Vulcan, Spock — appeared in the town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. Vulcan is a prairie town of 1,900 people, about two hours outside of Calgary where Nimoy is also doing another convention, and the town has long embraced its Star Trek connections and this year has finalized a deal with CBS Consumer Products to become the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada.
Friday’s festivities include the unveiling of a bronze bust of Mr. Spock and Mr. Nimoy’s Live Long and Prosper handprint in downtown Vulcan. According to the town’s press release, “Vulcan recently gained international fame for its ambitious goal to host the world premiere of the new Star Trek movie, despite not having a movie theater.” Nimoy himself supported Vulcan’s failed bid at landing the premiere. And really why wouldn’t he if the town can come up with a tagline like this:
The Town of Vulcan, Alberta, is a “logical” year-round destination for science-fiction enthusiasts and Star Trek fans from across the galaxy.
If this video from the G4 Network is any indication, Star Trek fans who visit Vulcan really enjoy their experiences in the small town:
The licensing deal also gives Vulcan “the right to create a unique line of collectible Star Trek/Vulcan souvenir merchandise that will only be available at VulcanCounty businesses.” From June 11-13, Vulcan hosts its 17th Annual community-wide Star Trek Convention, VulCON17: Spock Days/Galaxyfest 2010, which will feature an appearance by a guest appearance by actor Tim Russ (Star Trek Voyager’s Tuvok).
Vulcan’s year-round attractions include a visitor information center built to look like a space station, a space adventure virtual reality game, a roadside starship monument, an 18-hole golf course, and a space-themed spray park. And since Vulcan’s in Alberta, it’s certified rat-free.