All eyes to the skies: just moments ago in Vulcan, Alta., local star-gazers were surprised with the unveiling of a new Permanent stamp featuring the famed Vulcan himself, Mr. Spock.
The third stamp of Canada Post’s latest series, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi TV show Star Trek, depicts Spock, who was played by the late actor Leonard Nimoy. Following Nimoy’s death in 2015, Canadians from coast to coast to coast fondly remembered his legacy by “Spocking” the $5 banknote—that is, altering former prime minister WIlfrid Laurier’s portrait to appear as Spock.
Vulcan Mayor Tom Grant was on hand along with local star-gazers, town councillors and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Capitalizing on the coincidence of being named after Spock’s home planet, the small Alberta town of Vulcan built a Star Trek–themed tourist station called the Tourism and Trek Station. Throughout the year, it provides tourist information, displays Trekkie memorabilia, provides unique photo opportunities and allows visitors to participate in The Vulcan Space Adventure virtual reality game.
This evening, the Tourism and Trek Station hosted a star-gazing activity, the attendees of which were left in shock after Canada Post unveiled a new stamp right before their eyes (and much to their surprise).
Nearby is a replica of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek V, built by the Vulcan Association of Science and Trek. The town also created space-themed murals and signs and hosts an annual community-wide Star Trek convention known as Spock Days. This convention attracts hundreds of Trekkies from around the world.