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Town of Bassano
The Best in the West by a damsite
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district County of Newell
 • Village December 28, 1909
 • Town January 16, 1911
 • Land 5.22 km2 (2.02 sq mi)
792 m (2,598 ft)
 • Total 1,206
 • Density 231.2/km2 (599/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code(s) +1-403
Highways Highway 1
Waterways Crawling Valley Reservoir
Bow River

Bassano is a town in Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) southeast of Calgary and 160 kilometres (99 mi) northwest of Medicine Hat. It is also on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. A short distance south of the town is the Bassano Dam (originally "Horse Shoe Bend Dam"), serves as a diversion structure which routes water through a canal into Lake Newell Reservoir which supplies water to the majority of the County of Newell for purposes like irrigation, recreation, and the County's drinking water.

The Bassano Dam holds the record for highest temperature in Alberta which is 43.3 degrees.

The community has the name of Marquis de Bassano, a railroad promoter.


Bassano Dam, Alberta
The Bassano Dam

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Bassano recorded a population of 1,206 living in 536 of its 556 total private dwellings, a -5.9% change from its 2011 population of 1,282. With a land area of 5.22 km2 (2.02 sq mi), it had a population density of 231.0/km2 (598/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Bassano had a population of 1,282 living in 542 of its 585 total dwellings, a -4.7% change from its 2006 population of 1,345. With a land area of 5.16 km2 (1.99 sq mi), it had a population density of 248.4/km2 (643/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Town of Bassano according to its 2007 municipal census is 1,390.


The town has emergency medical services provided by Bassano Health Centre.

Notable people

  • Arno Doerksen, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Strathmore-Brooks March 3, 2008 - April 23, 2012
  • Jim Henshaw – Canadian voice actor
  • Joseph B. Martin – Dean of Harvard Medical School 1997–2007
  • Mike Toth – Sportscaster
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