Pioneers first settled in the Mosquito Creek Community (Nanton area) in the late 1800s and early 1900s. On June 22, 1903, a village was formed and named Nanton, after Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton (1860-1925).

Sir Augustus Nanton was a partner in the financial firm Osler, Hammond and Nanton, based in Ontario. He was sent by the firm to the west to investigate investment in farm mortgages. Renowned for his sound judgement, he became a director for many companies, including the Canadian Pacific Railway, Hudson's Bay Company, Great West Life and the Dominion Bank.

He arranged financing of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, sold subsequently to the C.P.R. It was his close association with these two companies that led the community to name the village Nanton. Nanton was incorporated as a town in the summer of 1907.


 The Nanton family history dates back to the 1500s. The town crest was recognized by the College of Arms, London, England as a true crest of William Naunton, of Naunton Hall, Suffolk, England in 1553.  Another ancestor, Sir Robert Naunton, had the same Coat of Arms. He was a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Later, Naunton was the Secretary of State to King James I.

The Town of Nanton officially adopted the Nanton Coat of Arms in 1983, with the consent of the Nanton family. Some changes were required to allow the Town use of the crest as opposed to its use by a knight. The bird on top of the helmet is known as a wyvern, a winged two legged dragon with a barbed tail. On the shield below are three birds known as martlets, a heraldic bird with no feet.




Nanton Business

  • Annual General Meeting



  • Chamber updates

    Welcome to the 2018 Nanton Chamber of Commerce!

    Quarterly meeting planning is underway for another joint Town of Nanton/Chamber of Commerce collaboration. We will present the updated Chamber of Commerce website in progress, as well as hear O2 Marketing and Design's ideas for Nanton's new wayfinding signage program. Wednesday, April 18 is the date, with a meet and greet starting at 6:30 at the Nanton Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.

    Well, we may be in for more winter, but spring can't be far behind, and this is the time we make plans for our Chamber Flower Barrel program. As in years previous, here's how it works: Chamber of Commerce lends Chamber members oak barrels to sit outside of their businesses (or you can supply your own container if you prefer). You can plant these up yourself, or Chamber and Juniper's Beryl West will help you.

    For under $100, in early June we will plant you up a beautiful selection of flowering plants, grasses and greenery chosen to be right for your location (sun, shade, part sun, etc). The barrels will fairly full to start with, but with a little room for the plants to fill in as the season progresses. We make sure the planter soil is fresh, and water it in well, then you take over its care for the rest of the season. These plants last well into the fall as long as you keep watering them, even after you think the season is over (and a little fertilizer and deadheading doesn't go amiss either)!

    Give Pam a call at 403-646-2111, or reply to info@nantonchamber.com by the end of March if you are interested in participating. 

    Nanton & District Chamber of Commerce held its 2017 AGM in conjunction with the Town of Nanton business consultation event to great response from the business community. Both the Town and the Chamber have agreed it was a great way to reach their target audience, and will definitely collaborate again.

    Chamber of Commerce elections were held, and the 2018 executive is as follows:
    President: Pam Woodall, Because I Said So, 402-646-2111
    Vice-President: Laurie Henthorne, Stuthornes on Main
    Pam and Laurie will function more as co-chairs to divide the workload.
    Treasurer: Jill Lyon, ATB
    Secretary: Pauline Higgins, The Candy Store in Nanton
    Directors: Dana Zielke, Bomber Command Museum of Canada; Lori Stuart, Stuthornes on Main; Maizie Murray; Carrie Gaitaiant, GCS Automotive Repair; Dayna Dickens, Streamlined Vision.

    Plans are underway for upcoming quarterly meetings as well as education sessions. Send us a message with your interests and requests for workshops and information sessions. Stay tuned for updates.


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