Bassano, Alberta

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Town of Bassano
The Best in the West by a damsite
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
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division2
Municipal districtCounty of Newell
 • VillageDecember 28, 1909
 • TownJanuary 16, 1911
 • MayorRon Wickson
 • Governing bodyBassano Town Council
 • MPMartin Shields
 • MLALeela Aheer
 • Land5.22 km2 (2.02 sq mi)
792 m (2,598 ft)
 • Total1,206
 • Density231.2/km2 (599/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code(s)+1-403
HighwaysHighway 1
WaterwaysCrawling Valley Reservoir
Bow River
WebsiteOfficial website

Bassano /bəˈsæn/ is a town in Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) southeast 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]), serves as a diversion structure which routes water through a canal into Lake Newell Reservoir which supplies water to the majority of the County of Newell for purposes like irrigation, recreation, and the County's drinking water.

The Bassano Dam holds the record for highest temperature in Alberta which is 43.3 degrees.

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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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Bassano" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 29. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Engineering Works of uCalgary. 1915. p. 14. Archived from the original on 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  5. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 16.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  7. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2009-09-15). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-14.
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Coordinates: 50°47′N 112°28′W / 50.783°N 112.467°W / 50.783; -112.467 (Bassano)