This small town is 70 km south of Calgary (15 km south of High River). Nanton is home to “Nanton Water” and the Lancaster Society Air Museum.
Annual events include the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival (mid August), and the Nanton Round-up Days rodeo and parade (early August).
Lancaster Society Air Museum
1659 – 21st Ave, AB Hwy 2 South, Nanton, AB T0L 1R0
(on west side of Highway 2)
This museum honors the RCAF and RAF bomber operations crews trained here during the Second World War. The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, made possible by our airplane manufacturing industry and the abundance of airfields (and away from potential enemy attack or spying), was one of Canada’s most important contributions to the war effort. Displays include a rare Canadian-built Lancaster bomber, flight simulators, instruments, and photographs of Lancasters in action. The museum is open daily May to October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the rest of the year, Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Allow 1 hour.
Heritage Acres Museum
10 km N on Hwy. 785 off Hwy. 3
Box 2496, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0
(403) 627-2082 Toll Free: 1-888-298-5855
A collection of antique implements, crystal village, steam operated sawmill, historic Doukhobor barn, 1912 Ashvale School. Tours welcome. Camping available. Hours/seasons: May 1 – Sept. 30. Admission fee.