About Nanton

Visitors Centre
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.

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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. 

Town Statistics

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
Calgary 75 km
Edmonton 375 km
Lethbridge 155
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
  • Public library
  • Public campground
  • Seniors lodge
  • Two schools
    • A.B. Daley for kindergarten to grade six
    • J.T. Foster High School for grades seven to 12