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Things to do: museums, shopping, parks
Nanton is a town in southern Alberta, Canada. Nanton was named after Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton, of Winnipeg (1860–1925) who directed firms that offered financing for farms and ranches throughout the west. It is located south of Calgary, at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 533.Nanton was historically known as "Tap Town", after providing passing motorists with free water supplied from the foothills via a stand tap on the northbound highway. This water was one of this first to be bottled and sold in Canada, resulting in the creation of Nanton Water & Soda Ltd, still a thriving business in the town today.Traditionally a farming and ranching community, Nanton is now a popular tourist destination.DemographicsIn the Canada 2011 Census, the Town of Nanton had a population of 2,132 living in 905 of its 957 total dwellings, a 3.7% change from its 2006 population of 2,055. With a land area of 4.8km2, it had a population density of in 2011.The population of the Town of Nanton according to its 2009 municipal census is 2,124.In 2006, Nanton had a population of 2,055 living in 853 dwellings, an 11.6% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 4.25km2 and a population density of 483.3/km2.AttractionsNanton is known primarily for three distinct features: an aviation museum - Bomber Command Museum of Canada (formerly known as the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum) situated in the centre of town on Highway 2 south, adjacent to Highway 533; a high number of antique shops; and two fully restored grain elevators on northbound Highway 2.
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