Nanton Travel Guide

  • Lancaster Bomber on display year round
    Lancaster Bomber on display year round
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    west of Nanton
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  • Chinook arch, near Stavley
    Chinook arch, near Stavley
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Nanton Things to Do

  • Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival

    An annual three-day event featuring bluegrass music. Held at Broadway Farms, about 8 miles east of Nanton. This has been held for seventeen years now and has developed a serious following of loyal bluegrass music enthusiasts. Weekend passes can be purchased in advance.Camping is available onsite.Celebrating their 17th season this year. (2006)

  • Seriously Gone Trucking Annual Poker Run...

    This bike run is held annually just south of Nanton, on the weekend before the Labour Day weekend, which for 2007 will be August 24-26th. The 2005 run saw approximately 120 bikes turn out for the event, while there were about 85 bikes at the 5th annual event in 2006. Entry fee for 2006 was $35. This got you entrance to the event, a Seriously Gone...

  • Nanton Golf Club

    You can enjoy a round of golf at our 18-hole championship course, with a magnificent view of Nanton's foothills landscape. Its beauty and challenge attract a steady stream of golfers from Calgary and nearby communities.They have a pro onsite throughout the season and offer lessons for all ability levels.

  • Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre

    The rec centre in Nanton is newly renovated and is a really great facility. It offers a variety of activities, there's something for everyone:There is a skating rink where you can go ice skating and figure skating. There is almost always a hockey game happening during the winter. There is also a ringette league in town. The curling rink offers a...

  • Exploring downtown

    Nanton is home to more than 10 antique stores. While in town, participate in the self-guided "Antique & Art Walk of Alberta". Even many of the buildings downtown are original, some are on the National Historic Register. But there's more to Nanton than antiques! Downtown, you will find the Willow Creek Forge, which is home to some absolutely...

  • Big Sky Garden Railroad

    Ultimate Trains, in Nanton, is a vendor of toy trains of all shapes and sizes.They are also home to the Big Sky Garden Railway. This is a HUGE display of 18 guage trains, covering over 7000 square feet. The store is open year round, and the Garden Railway is open May through September, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.


Nanton Restaurants

  • Great Gourmet Pizzas!

    This place makes the most awesome gourmet pizzas - think chicken, spinach, artichokes, oysters, shrimp and lots of other tasty goodies. You can also build your own pizza, or order one of their pasta dishes, chicken wings or salads. They even have pizza by the slice. It's all good.The proprietors, Ed and Agie, serve up fresh made-to-order dishes 7...

  • Great Menu Selections!

    There are a lot of restaurants in Nanton. Blu's, in my opinion, has the best food and menu. They offer everything from appetizers, soups & salads, steaks (they hand-cut their steaks and they ARE good!), chicken, pizza, pasta, burgers (home-made!) and sandwiches. They make their own french fries, cut fresh daily. The prices may seem high, but their...

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Nanton Nightlife

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    by Camping_Girl Updated Jun 5, 2012

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    The "Aud" as we locals call it is the closest to a nightclub that you are going to get in Nanton. This is the typical small town old hotel, complete with a few rooms, a restaurant and a tavern. The food here is really very good. A lot of my biker friends like stopping in here on a Sunday afternoon for a burger and a beer.

    This place has got more character than any other bar for miles around. If you order food in the pub, you're likely to be watched by Bandit, the local cat, until your food is gone. Good luck trying to pet her - living in a bar has taught her to be quick!

    There is an assortment of roadkill mounted on the walls of the place. My favorite is the joint-smoking buffalo. But that's not what I really meant by wildlife! The people who frequent The Aud are often quite wild (and odd) themselves.

    The Aud has live entertainment (not just the locals, either!) almost every weekend. Often it's of a pretty good caliber.

    And every once in awhile one of the local ladies will flash her bazoombas at the crowd.... you just never know your luck in a small town!

    Dress Code: Well, considering there was a guy streaking in here one New Year's Eve, I suppose I'd have to say clothing is optional!

    Seriously, you'll find everything from manure-covered work boots to 3 inch heels in this place.

    Okay I'll be totally honest ...... you'll find a lot more dirty boots than you will heels on most days.

    Auditorium Hotel, Nanton, AB Auditorium (note cougar near ceiling!) Inside Aud (note buffalo- on left) About as drunk as you can be at 4:00 pm.... Poker Run - last card was at Auditorium
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