The town of Vulcan, AB was first settled around the turn of the 20th century and finally established around 1910 when the Canadian Pacific Railway reached it. It was named by the C.P.R. surveyor, who wanted to name it after a Greek god of Mt. Olympus since it was the highest elevation throughout the Prairies. (Vulcan was actually, however, the Roman god of Fire). It is located 120km (72 mi.) southeast of Calgary, AB
on Highway 23.
In the early 1990's, the town decided to boost tourism and take on the more modern reference to their town's name. The town went Trek. On the 10th of June 1995, the town unveiled it's own Star Ship, FX6-1995-A to welcome visitors as they enter the town.
In November of 1995, the Vulcan town council approved an idea to build a Vulcan Tourism Trek Station (originally called Vulcan Tourist & Information Centre), which celebrated a grand opening on the 23rd of October 1998. Both the starship and the station are results of an idea that grew into V.A.S.T. - Vulcan Association for Science and Trek. At the tourist station, you can find all sorts of souvenirs from Spock ears to Star Trek Hot Chocolate.
Also on the town, you can find many shop-owners promoting the Star Trek theme in their shops. In the great tradition of Star Trek conventions, the town also hosts an annual Vul-con Convention. And in the prairie tradition of rodeos and stampedes (such as the annual Calgary Stampede), the town also hosts an annual Spock Days Rodeo.
(photos on this page from some of these sites)