Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre, Nanton

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The Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre is a set of restored grain elevators located in Nanton, Alberta, Canada. The centre's goal is to preserve examples of old grain elevators to educate visitors about the town's, and Alberta's, agricultural history.
In 2001 the last of Nanton’s grain elevator row was threatened by demolition because of recent abandonment of the Canadian Pacific Railway that the elevators stood next to. Many worried citizens in and around the town of Nanton had realized that a part of the town's and province's history was about to be torn down and lost forever.
The concerned citizens of Nanton had rallied together and formed a Historical Society appropriately named "Save One". Of course the original goal of the save one effort was to do just that, save one, but before anything could be done to save the elevator the Society had to gain full title to the land and buildings. Which was a big undertaking that would take three years to achieve. With so many volunteer hours from many local businesses and citizens, the Society was so successful that not only did they end up saving just one elevator, but all three remaining elevators. Many donations from members and surrounding farmers-ranchers, have been made and have helped in replacing the railway tracks next to the elevators the completion of many of the repairs and restorations that needed to be done on the elevators. Including painting the former Alberta Wheat Pool back to its original green and the former Pioneer elevator back to the original orange & yellow.
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  • The grain elevators that make up the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre can be seen for miles around due to the brilliant orange colour of the tallest of the three. Unfortuantely we were not...  more »
  • It's interesting to see how a grain elevator works. If you are lucky to take a tour, the better, as it's very informative. Our visitors from Africa really enjoyed this stop because it was so...  more »
  • We were given a tour by a guide who had some sort of personal connection to the grain elevator so we felt it was engaging and quite fascinating to learn about Alberta's rich history.  more »
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  • Awesome place to stop and learn about grain elevators. Very knowledgeable guide.
  • It was closed when we went. We didn't want to bother the volunteer in a Sunday. So we just walked around the exterior and took pictures. It was a nice stop for our road trip and interesting. Didn't get the full experience though.
  • So looking forward to visiting this educational-sounding tourist attraction. The lady on the phone sounded super-friendly and accommodating, making our visit a great experience to look forward to.(One star so far...!)
  • Great spot for photography!
  • Very informative about the history of the grain elevators in Southern Alberta

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