Town of Nanton
Population: 2,130 (2016)
Known for its friendly residents and small town comforts, Nanton is, as its sign reads, a place where history lives. Downtown, in the heart of the city is an area rich with heritage and history. Visitors only need take the Antique & Art Walk to see the how the region’s past is reflected in many of the town’s local businesses. Browse shops filled with unique artisan crafts, gifts and antiques, such as Eras & Icons. Take a visit to the olden day blacksmith shop at Willow Creek Forge Gallery, then pause for lunch at one of Nanton’s quaint restaurants.
Many of the town’s local attractions offer a look back into the region’s history as well. Alberta’s farming heritage comes alive at the Nanton Grain Elevators – a landmark telling the story of local pioneer farmers. The Bomber Command Museum honours the Canadians who served in the Bomber Command during World War II. In addition, visitors of all ages will love the displays at the newly opened Museum of Miniatures and Big Sky Garden Railway at Ultimate Trains.
The region is also home to numerous opportunities for recreation and relaxation. At once a peaceful location for a day out on the water and ideal spot for a rugged hike, some might even say the area offers the best of both worlds. Nanton is just a short drive away from numerous camping, fishing and boating destinations, such as Chain Lakes Provincial Park and Willow Creek Provincial Campground, and golfers will love the Nanton Golf Club.
Located along the major transportation corridor between Calgary and Lethbridge, Nanton has seen significant residential and business growth in recent years. Here, peaceful established neighbourhoods boast tree-lined yards and continued economic growth brings new commercial and employment opportunities. Businesses including 2W Livestock Equipment Ltd., Mountain Top Foods Ltd. and Nanton Water and Soda Ltd. already call this town home – but Nanton happily welcomes new commercial enterprises and entrepreneurs as well.
- Professional ladies barrel racer Lindsay Sears grew up on a ranch near Nanton
- Nanton was named after Sir Augustus Nanton (1860-1925), a Winnipeg-based stockbroker who financed farms and ranches throughout Western Canada.