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Del Bonita is located in Alberta
Del Bonita
Del Bonita
Location in Alberta
Del Bonita is located in Canada
Del Bonita
Del Bonita
Location in Canada
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Census division No. 3
Municipal district Cardston County
 • Type Unincorporated
1,305 m (4,281 ft)
 • Total 6
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)

Del Bonita is a hamlet in southern Alberta, Canada within Cardston County. It is located approximately 49 km (30 mi) south of Magrath at the junction of Highway 62 and Highway 501. Due to its location near the Canada–United States border, it serves as a port of entry into the U.S. state of Montana at the nearby Del Bonita Border Crossing which is located 3 km (1.9 mi) to the south. Del Bonita is a name derived from Spanish meaning "of the pretty".

Del Bonita lies at an elevation of 1,305 m (4,281 ft), on Shanks Creek, which flows into Shanks Lake and further east into the Milk River.

Del Bonita/Whetstone International Airport (FAA LID: H28, TC LID: CEQ4) is located 2 nautical miles (4 km; 2 mi) south of the settlement, on the Canada–United States border.


Various buildings and artifacts from the Whiskey Gap ghost town have been moved to Del Bonita, including the Whiskey Gap Oil Shed and the Huey Gum Restaurant, Pool Hall and Rooms.


The population of Del Bonita according to the 2008 municipal census conducted by Cardston County is 6.

Notable people

  • Earl W. Bascom (1906-1995), cowboy, rodeo champion, "father of modern rodeo", inventor, Hollywood actor, cowboy artist and sculptor, worked in Del Bonita in the mid 1920s for the Orgill Ranch and trailed horses to British Columbia for rancher Lamonde "Nick" Carter.
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