Del Bonita, Alberta

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Del Bonita
Del Bonita, Alberta is located in Alberta
Del Bonita, Alberta
Location of Del Bonita in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°01′46″N 112°47′26″W / 49.0294°N 112.7906°W / 49.0294; -112.7906Coordinates: 49°01′46″N 112°47′26″W / 49.0294°N 112.7906°W / 49.0294; -112.7906
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Census division No. 3
Municipal district Cardston County
 • Type Unincorporated
 • Governing body Cardston County Council
Elevation 1,305 m (4,281 ft)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

Del Bonita is a hamlet in southern Alberta, Canada within Cardston County.[1] It is located approximately 49 km (30 mi) south of Magrath at the junction of Highway 62 and Highway 501. It serves as a port of entry into the U.S. state of Montana at the nearby Canada – United States border crossing 3 km (1.9 mi) to the south.[2] Del Bonita is a name derived from Spanish meaning "of the pretty".[3]

Del Bonita lies at an elevation of 1,305 m (4,281 ft), on Shanks Creek, which flows into Shanks Lake and further east into the Milk River.

Del Bonita/Whetstone International Airport (IATA: N/AICAO: CEQ4) is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the settlement, on the United States/Canada border.


Various buildings and artifacts from the Whiskey Gap ghost town have been moved to Del Bonita,[4] including the Whiskey Gap Oil Shed and the Huey Gum Restaurant, Pool Hall and Rooms.


Statistics Canada has not recently published a population for Del Bonita.

However, Industry Canada shows that Del Bonita's greater rural area had a total population of 651 living in 143 dwellings in 2001. With a land area of 630.5 km2 (243.4 sq mi), its greater rural area has a population density of 3.0/km2 (7.8/sq mi).[5]

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  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2013-12-31). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  2. ^ Your Official Road Map of Alberta (Map). Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. 2014. 
  3. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 41. 
  4. ^ Del Bonita Ghost Town
  5. ^ Industry Canada/Web Archive (2006-11-04). "Del Bonita - Community demographics (2001 census)". Archived from the original on 2006-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-07.