A background of unusual firsts makes the history of this southern Alberta town unique. The town is home to the Bassano Dam, once known as the most important structure of it’s kind in the world. Today, it is the second largest dam of it’s kind, exceeded in size only by one in Egypt that holds back the Nile. Bassano was home to the first canine training centre of the RCMP, and the first flying doctor flew from Bassano. The community was named by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884 for one of their major shareholders, the Marquis de Bassano, a native of Italy.
Key Community Features
Be sure to visit the nearby Crawling Valley Recreation area.
Bassano Dam; Sage & Thistle Golf Course; Crawling Valley Recreation Area; Bassano Homecoming Campground