Experience Authentic Alberta Please take a moment to watch the Experience Nanton video. This video is the product of collaboration and generosity of many community partners. Thank you to the following: Nanton Promoters Club, Nanton Boosters Club, Nanton Legion, GCS Automotive, Because I Said So, G&JD Construction Ltd., The Nanton Candy Store, Bomber Command Museum of Canada, Nanton & District Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Nanton.
Settlement & Naming of Nanton Pioneers first settled in the Mosquito Creek Community (Nanton area) in the late 1800s and early 1900s. On June 22, 1903, a village was formed and named Nanton, after the late Sir Augustus Naunton (1869-1925). Sir Augustus Naunton was a partner in the financial firm, Osler, Hammond and Nanton, of Ontario. He was sent by the firm to the west to investigate investment in farm mortgages. Renowned for his sound judgment, he became the director for many companies, including the Canadian Pacific Railway, Hudson’s Bay Company, Great West Life, and Dominion Bank. He arranged financing of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, sold subsequently to the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was his close association with these two companies that led the community to name the village Nanton and in the summer of 1907, the town was incorporated.
Nanton is home to unique attractions including the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, Nanton Candy Store, Antique and Art Walk of Alberta, The Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre, Museum of Miniatures, and many more. With the surrounding open prairies to the east, picturesque rolling hills to the west, easy access to larger centres to the north and a close proximity to the U.S border to the south, Nanton is worth taking the trip.
Population:2,132 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population) District:Municipal District of Willow Creek Longitude:113 Degree 46 minute Latitude:50 degree 21 minute Elevation:1008 metres (3306 ft.)
Closest Major City Calgary75 km Edmonton375 km Lethbridge155 U.S. Border (Coutts)170 km
The town boasts many facilities including:
The Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre, home of the Nanton Palominos
The centre includes an indoor arena, racquetball court, gymnasium, curling rink, and a seasonal outdoor pool
The Nanton Golf Course
Nanton Agricultural Society Grounds, home of Nanton Nite Rodeo