Vulcan without a Nimoy isn’t really Vulcan, right? That goes for Vulcan, Alberta, as well.
Six years after his father, Leonard Nimoy, made the trek to Canada, Adam Nimoy will do the same when he visits Vul-Con July 9 — just in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
Nimoy will join other Star Trek names at the convention, including Robert Beltran from “Star Trek: Voyager,” Sally Kellerman from the original “Star Trek” series, and Robin Curtis from “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”
Nimoy will honor his father by installing a new plaque on the Spock bust podium the older Nimoy himself revealed during his visit following his return to the franchise in 2009’s “Star Trek.” Nimoy had tried to help the town get the premiere of the film, but Paramount Pictures couldn’t work out the release logistics. Instead, the studio bussed the people of the town to nearby Calgary.
Located in southern Alberta, the town of Vulcan has fewer than 2,000 residents, and was actually named from the same mythological god as the planet in Star Trek. Some 20 years ago, town leaders decided they could boost tourism by adopting Star Trek as an overall theme, which has culminated with statues, a museum, and the annual convention that helps the town more than double its size over the July weekend.
This year’s convention comes just weeks before “Star Trek: Beyond” is set to premiere in theaters.
Adam Nimoy is no stranger to Star Trek. He directed two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — “Rascals” in 1992 and “Timescape” in 1993. He would direct other television shows as well, but stepped away in 2003. He’s now working on a documentary of his father’s impact on society called “For the Love of Spock.”
Tickets for the convention start at $11.50 (U.S.) for single-day, and can run as high as $115 (U.S.) for a VIP pass. That pass offers front-of-line access for autographs and other events, a swag bag, as well as reduced admission prices to the Star Trek museum.
Also appearing at the convention are Andrew Robinson from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and Dominic Keating from “Star Trek: Enterprise,” among others.
For more on the annual Canadian gathering, visit VulcanConvention.com.