Mosquito Creek as it was known until 1892 when the C & E Railway (Calgary & Edmonton Railway) arrived. It was then named after a Canadian, Sir Augustus Nanton, a partner in the company Osler, Hammond and Nanton. This was a firm that promoted investments and development of the western prairies.
Nanton is located just under an hour drive south of Calgary, Alberta on Hwy 2.
An eclectic cross selection of store fronts make up the business sector in this community. There are several artisans, antique shops and specialty stores; and, one of the major drawing cards to this part of Alberta is the Nanton Lancaster Museum.
From here you can take a scenic drive on Hwy 533 to The Cowboy Trail (Hwy 22) and then head south to Hwy 3 and the Crowsnest Pass; or, continue south on Hwy 2 to Fort MacLeod and on to Lethbridge and the US border.