|Getting There |||About a 40 minute drive south of Calgary, on Hwy 2.|
|May 1 to October 31: daily from 9AM to 5PM; November 1 to April 30: weekends from 10AM to 4PM(visits during the week can be arranged by phoning ahead).|
Profile Last Updated: September 03, 2008
Formed in 1986, the Nanton Lancaster Society was initially established to take care of its Lancaster Bomber, which had been left outside on display and not well maintained for 25 years. The society’s members went on to create the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum, in the hopes of honouring those associated with Bomber Command duringthe Second World War. They also wanted to commemorate the activities of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) in Alberta. A building for the museum was put up in 1991, and has since been expanded and renovated a few times. Today, the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum houses an ever-expanding collection of aircraft and related displays. The facility includes almost 20,000 square feet of hangar space and 3,000 square feet for the smaller displays.
At the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum, war is not glorified, but the dedication to remembering and trying to understand the efforts and sacrifices made to secure peace and freedom is strong. The museum, which houses military aircraft, videos of Lancasters in action, simulators, war-time vehicles and aviation art and artifacts, is devoted to those men and women of Bomber Command and the BCATP, and to informing the public of the contributions, bravery and sacrifices of these people.
The museum’s special events, honouring special individuals or events from the past, attract visitors from across the world. One of the museum’s most popular attractions is the Annual Fly-In event. Guided tours of the museum are available throughout the year for groups, and in the summer you can take a tour on the heavy Lancaster Bomber, dedicated to the memory of Victoria Cross recipient Ian Bazalgette, the only Albertan to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.
Need To Know: Admission is by donation.