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Location: Highway 2 midway between Fort Macleod and Calgary. Population: 2,132. Visitor information: www.albertasouthwest.com.
With golden prairie to the east and Rocky Mountains to the west, Nanton is home to many attractions and events. Greeting visitors with two large jets out front, the world-class Bomber Command Museum of Canada honors the Canadians who served in the Bomber Command during World War II and houses one of four Lancaster Bombers with a running engine and a power that captures hundreds of spectators.
Take a stroll through the Antiques Artwalk of Alberta and shop the many antique stores that draw collectors from all over the province. Main Street is bustling with unique shopping experiences, from high-style western wear to artisan-crafted signature pieces. Alberta’s farming heritage comes alive at the Grain Elevator Discovery Centre, a landmark telling the story of local pioneer farmers. Visitors of all ages will love the displays at the newly opened Museum of Miniatures and Big Sky Garden Railway at Ultimate Trains.