15 of the strangest place names in Canada

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Vulcan, Alberta

The town of Vulcan was named 56 years before the first regular episode of Star Trek aired in 1966, which would go on to define Vulcan in sci-fi popular culture as an “extraterrestrial humanoid species” (popular character Spock was a human-Vulcan hybrid). Since then, the town of approximately 2,000 citizens, just south of Calgary, has fully embraced Trekkie culture, becoming a worldwide tourist destination. Vulcan hosts an annual convention, has erected a tourist museum, has a replica of the starship Enterprise, and even adopted the Star Trek logo as their own.