Nanton is the perfect place for a daytrip escape from Calgary. It’s just far enough to be “away” while close enough to not be a bother to get there and back in an afternoon. There’s a great playground, the Bomber Command Museum, the Nanton Candy Store, the Zephyr Drive In, the Ultimate Trains Train Store and .. ice cream.
I don’t know how it’s made, I don’t know if I want to know, but Garbage Can ice cream is a little bit of everything. To scrape the bottom of the empties and recycle it in to a new flavour? Do they skim the tops of every new bucket to be blended into this one? Do they buy it like that? No matter, Garbage Can Ice Cream is a wonderful blend of every single flavour in the universe. Chocolate, vanilla, bubblegum, cheesecake, rum raisin, every lick had a little bit of something new in it.
Sitting on the benches outside Nanton Ice Cream chomping on a housemade waffle cone alongside my son on a summer’s day was just proof positive that you can’t not stop in Nanton. Driving to Lethbridge, or home from Waterton, we always stop in Nanton for a peek at the bomber, a play on the playground, or a lick of ice cream. Always.