If it weren't for the pioneers, Southern Alberta wouldn't have Nanton. It was in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when pioneers settled in the Nanton area.
As a way to honour the pioneer farmer’s contribution to society, a group of dedicated people worked hard to save Nanton’s elevators from demolition and created the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre.
The three elevators that were saved provide a magnificent backdrop for the town, and offer tourists an opportunity that was once reserved for farmers only–a tour of the elevators.
Nanton also holds its annual Round-Up Days during August long weekend. To celebrate the town, Round-Up Days includes a rodeo and slo-pitch tournament, pancake breakfasts, Farmers' Market and family dance, chili cook-off, parade, duck race and children's festival plus so much more!
There are so many things to see and do in Nanton, why not spend some time in this Southern Alberta town and check out these ideas:
- The Nanton Candy Store is becoming a tourist attraction in its own right. The candy store is located on historic Main Street in the former 1915 Hewitt Garage.
- Big Sky Garden Railway is Canada's largest outdoor miniature model train layout. The garden features 7,000 feet of landscaped garden, with 22 trains running on 3,500 feet of track. There's also a huge covered Thomas the Tank Engine play area.
- The Bomber Command Museum of Canada honours those who served with Bomber Command during World War II, and commemorates the activities of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Outside the museum is a 40-foot memorial wall with the names of the Canadians who were killed serving with Bomber Command.
- The Nanton Golf Club is an expansive 18-hole course surrounded by our beautiful Southern Alberta landscape.
- The Nanton Agri-Park is busy all summer long with events such as barrel racing, pole bending, bull riding, bronc riding and team roping.
- The Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre offers grain elevator tours during the tourist season. Visitors get a special peek into the historic elevators, an opportunity that was once only reserved for farmers.
- MacEwan School House Visitor Information Centre is an old school house built in 1906, and moved from its previous location northwest of Nanton. It was fully restored by the Fitzgerald family and is open to tourists May through September.
- Looking for a chance to escape the house in the winter? The Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre has ice for hockey and curling. Once the warm weather returns the surface is rented out for lacrosse and bull riding.
- Centennial Park is the major green space in Nanton. The Bomber Command Museum is located in the park and the first stage of the Millennial Pathway weaves around it.