Among the checkered fields, rolling hills and bountiful lakes of this vast county lay the makings of a memorable holiday for you and your family.
Only a one-hour drive from the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge, Vulcan County offers something for everyone — rich prairie history, golfing, biking, fishing and boating, camping and wildlife, and of course science fiction!
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine our spectacular horizon-to-horizon landscapes and skyscapes. Imagine a place where the scenery changes from pristine prairie to undulating hills and coulees. Picture the breathtaking prairie sunsets and serene nights where every star in the sky is a shining light.
In the early 1900s, a Canadian Pacific Railway surveyor who had a special interest in Roman mythology named Vulcan after the god of fire. Early into its history, Vulcan County was known as the Grain Elevator Capital of Canada, and later in the 1940s we became famous for our bomber pilot training school for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
Along Highway 23 in the heart of Vulcan County lies the Town of Vulcan, the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada, and its famous visitor information centre — the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station. Inside this unique spaceship-themed building you will find travel information about local and provincial attractions, along with an abundance of Star Trek memorabilia and a state-of-the-art virtual reality game.
Just a short drive from the Town of Vulcan are the many villages and hamlets of this gorgeous county. To the south are the historic villages of Champion and Carmangay. In the east you will find the friendly village of Lomond and the warm prairie waters of Lake McGregor, Travers Reservoir, Badger Lake, and the Little Bow Reservoir where many camping, fishing and boating opportunities await you.
Off to the west you will find the historic hangars and runways of the Second World War RCAF base that trained many brave men from all over the British Commonwealth. VIsit the Twin Valley Reservoir, where you can go stargazing at the Big Sky Astronomical Society’s observatory (visit www.bigsky.ab.ca).
Up in the north you will find the villages of Arrowwood and Milo and the hamlet of Mossleigh. The beautiful village of Arrowwood is a multi-award winning national Communities in Bloom champion. The Village of Milo lies in the middle of many historic sites and very close to some great camping and fishing at Lake McGregor. The little hamlet of Mossleigh has great attractions such as the fine dining and dinner theatre at the Aspen Crossing Railway Museum and Garden Centre that make it well worth the stop.
We invite you to come trek through Vulcan County this year and have an adventure that’s out of this world!
For more information, call Vulcan Tourism at 403-485-2994 or visit www.vulcantourism.com.