Bassano, Alberta

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Town of Bassano
Motto: The Best in the West
Bassano is located in Alberta
Location of Bassano in Alberta
Coordinates: 50°47′03″N 112°27′05″W / 50.78417°N 112.45139°W / 50.78417; -112.45139
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district County of Newell
 • Village December 28, 1909
 • Town January 16, 1911
 • Mayor Tom Rose
 • Governing body Bassano Town Council
 • MP Martin Shields
 • MLA Derek Fildebrandt
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land 5.22 km2 (2.02 sq mi)
Elevation 792 m (2,598 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 1,206
 • Density 231.2/km2 (599/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) +1-403
Highways Highway 1
Waterways Crawling Valley Reservoir
Bow River
Website Official website

Bassano /bəˈsæn/ is a town in Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) east of Calgary and 160 kilometres (99 mi) northwest of Medicine Hat. It is also on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. A short distance south of the town is the Bassano Dam (originally "Horse Shoe Bend Dam"[4]), which serves as a reservoir for nearby communities and for the irrigation of the vast farm and ranch lands surrounding Bassano.

The community has the name of Marquis de Bassano, a railroad promoter.[5]


The Bassano Dam

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Bassano recorded a population of 1,206 living in 536 of its 556 total private dwellings, a −5.9% change from its 2011 population of 1,282. With a land area of 5.22 km2 (2.02 sq mi), it had a population density of 231.0/km2 (598.4/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Bassano had a population of 1,282 living in 542 of its 585 total dwellings, a -4.7% change from its 2006 population of 1,345. With a land area of 5.16 km2 (1.99 sq mi), it had a population density of 248.4/km2 (643.5/sq mi) in 2011.[6]

The population of the Town of Bassano according to its 2007 municipal census is 1,390.[7]


The town has emergency medical services provided by Bassano Health Centre.[8]

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Coordinates: 50°47′N 112°28′W / 50.783°N 112.467°W / 50.783; -112.467 (Bassano)