Nanton’s ‘Antique and Art Walk’ is a diverse collection of merchants and galleries, located within short distance from one another. This concentration of retailers makes Nanton a choice destination for day-trippers out of Calgary and for individuals across Canada in search of unique treasures and collectibles.
A special gem for historians and aviation buffs alike is the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. The museum opened in 1992 in honour of those who served in the Bomber Command during World War II. Visitors can enjoy a personally guided tour and see full scale period airplanes as well as all sorts of World War memorabilia. Planes continue to be lovingly restored by a large group of volunteers.
Visitors also come to Nanton to participate in and experience the Nanton Nite Rodeo, the longest running night rodeo in Canada. Nanton will also be privileged to host the Canadian High School Finals Rodeo for the next three years. Another draw for tourists is the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre. The Centre was created to preserve the history of Southern Alberta's rich farming heritage. The Centre opened for tours in 2014 and it has a number of interactive displays.
Additional attractions in the community include the Big Sky Gardens Railway, the Nanton Golf Club (a premier 19 hole golf course), and the Museum of Miniatures. Other tourist attractions in and close to Nanton include:
- Chain Lakes Provincial Park
- Porcupine Hills on the Cowboy Trail (at the intersection of Highway 533 from Nanton and Highway 22)
- Aboriginal cultural site: Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
- Local and regional rodeos
- Western ranch vacations
- Country Bed & Breakfast accommodation
- Nanton Municipal Campground (60 sites)
- Hiking, boating, canoeing and kayaking
- Several annual regional festivals and events