Nanton, Alberta

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Town of Nanton
Nanton main street
Nanton main street
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Nanton is located in Alberta
Coordinates: 50°20′58″N 113°46′18″W / 50.34944°N 113.77167°W / 50.34944; -113.77167Coordinates: 50°20′58″N 113°46′18″W / 50.34944°N 113.77167°W / 50.34944; -113.77167
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division3
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Willow Creek No. 26
 • VillageJune 22, 1903
 • TownAugust 9, 1907
 • MayorJennifer Handley
 • Governing bodyNanton Town Council
 • Land4.87 km2 (1.88 sq mi)
Elevation1,024 m (3,360 ft)
 • Total2,181
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
HighwaysHighway 2
Highway 533
WebsiteOfficial website

Nanton is a town in southern Alberta, Canada. Nanton was named after Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton of Winnipeg (1860–1925) who directed firms that offered financing for farms and ranches throughout the west. It is located south of Calgary at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 533.

Nanton was historically known as "Tap Town", after providing passing motorists with free water supplied from the foothills via a stand tap on the northbound highway. This water was one of this first to be bottled and sold in Canada, resulting in the creation of Nanton Water & Soda Ltd, still a thriving business in the town today.[5]

Traditionally a farming and ranching community, Nanton is now a popular tourist destination.[6]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Nanton originally recorded a population of 2,130 living in 922 of its 959 total private dwellings, a −0.1% change from its 2011 population of 2,132.[2] Statistics Canada subsequently amended the 2016 census results for Nanton to a population of 2,181 living in 948 of its 987 total dwellings, a 2.3% change from its 2011 population of 2,132.[4] With a land area of 4.87 km2 (1.88 sq mi), it had a population density of 447.8/km2 (1,159.9/sq mi) in 2016.[2][4]

In the Canada 2011 Census, the Town of Nanton had a population of 2,132 living in 905 of its 957 total dwellings, a 3.7% change from its 2006 population of 2,055. With a land area of 4.8 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi), it had a population density of 444.2/km2 (1,150.4/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

The population of the Town of Nanton according to its 2009 municipal census is 2,124.[8]


Avro Lancaster FM159 at Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Nanton is known primarily for three distinct features: an aviation museum - Bomber Command Museum of Canada (formerly known as the Nanton Lancaster Society Museum)[9] situated in the centre of town on Highway 2 south, adjacent to Highway 533; a high number of antique shops;[10] and two fully restored grain elevators on northbound Highway 2.

One of the main attractions at the aviation museum is its preserved Avro Lancaster bomber[11] FM159[12] which performs regular runs[13] of its Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.[14] The aviation museum is also home to a number of other significant RAF Bomber Command era aircraft,[15] including a Bristol Blenheim Mk IV.[16]

Nanton's antique shops and galleries have contributed in making Nanton a popular tourist destination.[17][18] They are organized around the notion of a downtown walk.[19][20]

The Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre is a set of restored grain elevators located in the centre of Nanton. The "Save One" society's goal is to preserve examples of old grain elevators to educate visitors about the town's, and Alberta's, agricultural history.

The Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage was launched in June 2011, having been gifted from the late Dr. Jim Coutts (LLD '12) to the University of Lethbridge. Just east of Nanton, AB, the Coutts Centre consists of a quarter section of land on the more than 100-year-old property that once belonged to Dr. Coutts's grandfather. The quarter section of land includes the original homestead, extensive gardens and restored outbuildings. It preserves and celebrates the diverse heritage that is central to the spirit of the west.

Arts and culture[edit]

Nanton's Agriculture park, home of Nanton Ag society, hosts a variety of events that includes Alberta High School Rodeos, TNT Roping and Barrel Racing, the Medicine Tree Ranch Rodeo, Nanton FCA Rodeo, Nanton Wrangler Youth Rodeo Series, as well is the venue for the long-standing tradition, the Nanton Nite Rodeo Series.[21][22] In 2013 they played host to the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals.[23]

Nanton was selected as one of fifty host communities for Alberta Culture Days 2014, to be held September from 26-28.[24]

Nanton Round Up Days is a series of celebratory community events centered in the downtown core and typically held the first weekend in August. Celebrations culminate with a fireworks display.[25]

The Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival, held at Broadway Farm, is an annual music festival held in August that has run for more than 20 years.[26]

Nanton Lights The Way and the Distinctly Nanton Market are festival events traditionally held in the last week of November, to mark the beginning of the Christmas season.[27]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Nanton has two parks, Centennial Park and Lions Park, both located alongside the southbound highway. Centennial Park has ball diamonds, a skate park and children's play area.

The Tom Hornecker Recreation Center offers an outdoor heated pool, ice rink, curling sheets, gymnasium, and a racquetball court.[28]

Nanton Golf club is an 18-hole course.[29] A campground is adjacent to Nanton Golf Course and Agricultural Park. Facilities include a large, coin-operated shower building with washrooms, water taps throughout, camp kitchen, group camping and treed sites.[30]


The Nanton Palominos senior A hockey team have been in operation since 1947.[citation needed] They currently play in the Ranchland Hockey League.[31] The Palominos earned a spot at the 2013 Investor's Group Hockey Alberta Senior Men's AA/A Provincial Championships in Innisfail, AB[32] after winning the 2013 Ranchland Hockey League Championship.[33] The team was led to victory by captain Steve "Smac" McMasters,[34] winning the 2013 Senior A Championship.[35]


The first school opened in 1902.[36] There are two schools presently providing K-12 education in Nanton. A.B. Daley School houses grades K-6, while J.T. Foster provides grades 7-12. Each school has a population of approximately 200 students.[37]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Nanton" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 428. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling count amendments, 2016 Census". Statistics Canada. November 15, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "A Lancaster For Nanton - The Legacy of George White, Howard Armstrong and Fred Garratt". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 15, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  9. ^ "Bomber Command Museum of Canada". Nanton Lancaster Society. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
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  11. ^ "Bomber Command Museum of Canada". Nanton Lancaster Society. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Bazalgette Lancaster FM-159". Nanton Lancaster Society. Retrieved 21 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
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  14. ^ "Rolls-Royce Merlin -224". Nanton Lancaster Society. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Aircraft of Bomber Command". Nanton Lancaster Society. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Bristol Blenheim Mk IV". Nanton Lancaster Society. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Routes Magazine May June 2013". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Antique & Art Walk of Alberta". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  19. ^ "The Walk". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Antique and Art Walk Redux". Nanton News. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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  24. ^ "Alberta Culture Days". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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  27. ^ "Nanton Lights the Way - Events". Nanton News. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre (THRC)". Nanton, AB. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Nanton Golf Club – powered by Offcourse Golf". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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  31. ^ "Nanton Palaminos 2011-2012". Ranchland Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  32. ^ Skeet, Russell (1 April 2013). "Palominos Off To Provincials". High River Online.
  33. ^ "2012–2013 Standings". Ranchland Hockey League.
  34. ^ Koch, Chris (15 April 2013). "Provincial Champs". Nanton News.
  35. ^ "Game Summary". Hockey Alberta. 7 April 2013.
  36. ^ Douglas, Helen (1965). Echoes of Willow Creek. Granum, Alberta: Willow Creek Historical Society. p. 90.
  37. ^ "Error" (PDF). Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  38. ^ "Gift launches Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage - UNews". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  39. ^ Erickson, ,Dwayne. "Nanton barrel racer Lindsay Sears torn by which horse to ride at the WNFR". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  40. ^ "World Champion Barrel Racer Lindsay Sears Joins Panhandle Rock and Roll ProRodeo Team". Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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