Welcome to Bassano
The www.bassano.ca welcomes you to our community whether your visit be for industrial, retail, tourism or residential related business. Opportunity is abundant in Bassano. We welcome your business and remind you; we are "The Best in the West by a Damsite."
The Town of Bassano is a progressive community of 1,282 people located 90 minutes east of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway and Canadian Pacific Railway mainline. Centrally located in southeastern Alberta, Bassano is midway between Medicine Hat and Calgary.
Incorporated as a Village in 1910 and as a Town in 1911, the Town of Bassano has always been an enterprising and growing community. It was the first RCMP centre in Canada for training their canine units. The first flying doctor flew from Bassano and made history from then on.
Today, Bassano offers commercial and industrial development opportunities, together with many recreational facilities and activities. Ample irrigation water and sunshine support highly productive food growing and livestock industries.
ALBERTA, THE BEST PLACE TO WORK, LIVE AND DO BUSINESS
The province of Alberta is a leader in the Canadian economy. Over the past five years, Alberta has had the fastest growing economy in Canada. Alberta had the highest average rate of economic growth at 3.8 percent per year. Highlighting Alberta's successes are:
- Alberta's exports of goods and services more than tripled between 1998 and 2008 to $118.7 billion.
- Manufacturing shipments more than doubled between 1998 and 2008 to $70.1 billion.
- Average annual employment in Alberta in 2008 increased by 53,900 over 2007.
- Alberta's average unemployment rate in 2008 was the lowest in Canada at 3.6%.
Source: Government of Alberta
Alberta's Positive Business Climate
- The lowest overall taxes in Canada
- No provincial sales tax
- No general capital or payroll taxes prevalent in other provinces and U.S.
- A highly entrepreneurial and competitive business community
- A fiscally responsible government that has eliminated its provincial debt, demonstrating to investors the business-like attitude of the government
- A highly skilled, educated and motivated workforce that is the most productive in Canada.
Source: Government of Alberta
The Town of Bassano is located in the County of Newell #4, on the Trans Canada Highway. It is 130 km east of Calgary and 149 km west of Medicine Hat. The Bow River feeds the Bassano Dam and runs south of Town.
Elevation: 881 Meters, 2890.99 FeetLONGITUDE & LATITUDE
Latitude: 50° 46''
Longitude: 112° 28' TOWN OF BASSANOPROXIMITY TO OTHER LOCATIONS
Driving Distance from Bassano
|Calgary (city centre)
|1 hour, 34 minutes
|Calgary International Airport
|1 hour, 34 minutes
|1 hour, 45 minutes
|4 hours, 33 minutes
|Vancouver, British Columbia
|12 hours, 45 minutes
|33 hours, 53 minutes
|United States Border (Coutts, Alberta crossing)
|2 hours, 58 minutes
It is important to note that time required is calculated based on 'ideal' traffic and weather conditions.**Distance is measured from city centre to city centre**
View the website: www.bassano.ca business directory on the homepage:
This database features information on virtually every business enterprise residing in the Town of Bassano and surrounding district.
The main economic base of the Bassano area is agriculture and agricultural services. An abundance of productive farmland, clean air and water make the Wild Rose Region an attractive place to live and operate a business.
Bassano farmers produce an almost unlimited variety of crops. Barley, oats, canola, potatoes and endless fields of wheat surround the community. Area farmers enjoy the longest growing season in Alberta and, with the unusually high summer temperatures, produce exceptional levels of quality products. In addition, the shortgrass prairie region produces a superior quality of beef.
Miles of irrigation has made the Bassano area one of Canada's most stable and productive growing environments.
Products made locally include thermoelectric generators, animal feeds, packaged potatoes, institutional potatoes, wheat, barley, alfalfa, livestock, honey, canola, flax, rye, and market vegetables, metal fabrication. There is also a growing processed food sector.
- Global ThermoElectric Inc.
- New West Milling
- Skill Metal Inc
- Bassano Growers Co-op Ltd.
- Bassano Farm Equipment
- Bassano School
- Bassano Health Centre
A complete list of Bassano's Business Directory along with their contacts can be viewed by clicking www.bassano.ca
- Chinook Credit Union - 327-2 Ave. 403-641-0002
- Alberta Treasury Branch Agency - 308-2 Ave. 403-641-3041
The population of Bassano is 1,390 (2008)
PROPERTY VALUE ESTIMATES
- Lot Only (approx)
Residential - Starting at $30,000
Industrial - $1.00 sq ft
The average employer premium rate per $100 of insurable earning is $1.32 in 2009.
For additional details on the program see: Workers Compensation Board
The annual maximum insurable earnings for 2010 is $43,200.
For additional information on the program see: Employment Insurance Information for Employers
Being a close neighbor of the City of Calgary, companies located in Bassano have access to a broad range of research facilities located in an around the City. For additional information on the following research facilities, simply click on the name to access the link.
FURTHER IN-DEPTH INFORMATION
and NATURAL GAS
are deregulated in Alberta.
The Alberta government provides a Web site to provide information to assist consumers to choose the appropriate provider for their residence or business. To learn more about electrical or natural gas providers visit Utilities Consumer Advocate
Regulated Rate Providers for Community of Bassano are:
Pioneer Gas Co-op
Persona Communications (403) 641-3700
Telus Communications (403)310-2255
EID.Net (403) 362-1400
Telus Communications (403) 310-2255
Figment Cable Systems Inc. 1-866-344-6368
Bassano has access to all the major radio stations from Calgary and Q91 radio station, which broadcasts from Drumheller.
Bassano also has access to all of the TV stations broadcasting from Calgary.
|The Bassano Times
Brooks & County Chronicle
|Medicine Hat News
|The Calgary Sun
|The Calgary Herald
WATER, WASTE & SEWER MANAGEMENT
Town of Bassano
Bassano, AB T0J 0B0
The source of Water is the Bow River. The untreated water reservoir capacity is 120 million gallons, while the treated water reservoir capacity is 750,000 gallons.
Alberta’s commitment to water resources is three-fold: a safe, secure drinking water supply, healthy aquatic ecosystems, and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.
Alberta Environment has developed water programs that include studying, monitoring and testing of water sources. They have established guidelines to ensure quality standards for the many uses of water, and programs to protect ecosystems and enforce regulations.
Alberta has the most stringent drinking water program in the country and was one of the first provinces to fully adopt the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality as a minimum standard. Alberta Environment strives for continuous improvement in its program and works closely with Alberta Health and Wellness to ensure Albertans continue to enjoy high-quality drinking water.
Sewage treatment is provided by 4 anaerobic cells and 1 long lagoon.
The Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority Ltd. is responisble for the safe amd environmentally responsible collection of wastes for the recycling or disposal at the regional landfill.
Recycling Depot - B.A.R.R.A (Bassano And Area Resource Recovery Association) 702 -1st Avenue
BARRA, a non-profit volunteer organization, has been active for approximately 15 years. THe BARRA Board meets bi monthly on the 3rd Wednesday and currently has 2 part-time employees.
Access is available on a 24 hour basis. We accept and actively recycle: White paper, colored paper, newsprint, glossy magazines,cardboard , tin cans- washed,labels removed and pressed, plastic - washed, and caps removed and some electronic waste - TVs and computers only.
For more information on Alberta's commitment to recycling, visit the Recycling Council of Alberta.
TOWN OF BASSANO PUBLIC WORKS
Bassano Public Works Department is responsible for roads maintenance, snow removal, maintenance and operations of the water and sewer treatment & distribution, storm drainage systems, bi weekly garbage pickup, airport maintenance, swimming pool equipment maintenance, operations, repair and maintenance of Town vehicles and equipment. Public Works Shop: 403-641-3859
Bassano's airstrip is located 3km north of Bassano and has been newly resurfaced in 2009. 900 meters of all weather, radio activated lighting is available for flying enthusiasts. Land is available to build hangers.
The Brooks Municipal Airport has an 853 meter paved runway and all-weather facilities, 50 km from Bassano
The nearest commercial and air freight services are at Medicine Hat Municipal Airport, which is owned by the City of Medicine Hat, and located 156 km from Bassano.
Calgary International Airport., Canada's fourth busiest airport, is conveniently located 144 km from Bassano.
Bassano is served by a Canadian Pacific Railway main and branch line. Spur trackage is available.
Connecting highways are Highway 1(Trans Canada Highway) and Secondary Road 550.
Hi-way 9 Express
Regularly scheduled bus service is provided to Bassano by J & L Shuttle at 403-528-8851 or TRAXX.
POSTAL & COURIERS
Canada Post, Purolator and FedEx all provide delivery services for Bassano. Canada Post fills a vital need in the region providing cost-effective and timely mail delivery. In its mission to provide innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions creating value for its customers, Canada Post works with its business customers to ensure their mail communication needs are achieved.
For more information on service in Bassano contact:Canada Post, Purolator & FedEx in Brooks.
- PEACE OF MIND
Bassano is part of the Wild Rose Region. Many residents and business owners choose to locate in the Region because of the safety and security of small town living. Crime statistics are substantially lower in the region than typical of a larger metropolitan center like the City of Calgary. View the flickr site by clicking www.bassano.ca
Bassano offers residents rural community values and an affordable country lifestyle close to the amenities within the region and the neighboring metropolitan centres. Despite favorable economic growth, it's still very affordable to buy a home and live in the Wild Rose Region.
- Recreation & Parks
The Town of Bassano, with a population of 1,282 supports a wide range of recreation facilities and parks. Several green areas throughout the Town provide opportunity for picnics, field activities or meditation. The town maintains the cemetery, the Homecoming Camp Ground, the soccer and baseball fields, as well as several vacant green areas around Town.
- Bassano Dam
One of the largest dams in the world, Bassano's 24 spillway gravity dam provides some of southern Alberta's best recreational sites and activities. Fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and camping at the "Little Dam" is one of the reservoirs fed from Bassano's dam-site. The water is crystal clear and the air is pollution free. More information can be viewed at Eastern Irrigation District Crawling Valley Reservoir is a large newly created off stream storage reservoir for the Eastern Irrigation System. Camping, fishing, boating are popular activities. Facilities include: 100 campsites, phone, picnic tables, tap water, showers, sewage disposal & boat launch. There are no boating restrictions but General Federal Regulations are in effect. Excellent fishing for Northern Pike and Walleye (catch & release for walleye)
- Swimming Pool
253 - 6 Avenue
The Bassano Swimming Pool was completed in 2009. Amenities such as the beach entry, spray toys, diving board and 100' water slide are just a few of the reasons patrons enjoy their time at the Bassano Swimming Pool. It is a happening place for young families and children and provides employment opportunities to locals with the required Red Cross Water Safety qualifications.
Bassano has two maintained ball diamonds with red shale infield and grass outfiels. The diamonds are maintained by community volunteers, the grass is mowed by Town Recreation/Tourism department. Fastball, softball and slow-pitch are games played over the years.
- The Soccer Fields are maintained by Town Recreation/Tourism department and are popular spots during May and June. Bassano is a member of the Grasslands Soccer Association so competitors are Duchess, Brooks and Tilley.
- Artificial Ice Arena
- The Bassano & District Centennial Arena was completed in 1968 and has been a beehive of activity ever since. In the summer the facility has been used for street hockey, 4H achievement, Homecoming activities and wrestling but the winter is the facilities busy time. Activities such as hockey, figure skating, ringette, and skateathons provide hours of winter activity and fun for area residents of all ages.
Additional recreational opportunities within the Town include:
- Recreation Complex
- Bowling Alley
- Curling Rink
- Bassano School Gymnasium
- Rodeo Grounds
- Gun Club Facility
- Tennis Courts
- Fishing and Hunting
Bassano Sage & Thistle Golf Course
#1 - 7th Avenue (403-641-4016)
Open April 1st - September 30th.
The Bassano Sage & Thistle Golf Club is a quaint, well-maintained par 36 9 hole golf course which is designed to play as an 18 hole course. Flanked by numerous trees and ponds, its lush fairways lead to small but impressive grass greens.
The Sage & Thistle serves both walk-on golfers and private members. Green fees are inexpensive compared to other courses and golfers have a fleet of rentals carts at their disposal. The licensed clubroom consists of a kitchen, bar and seating area downstairs and a spacious lounge area upstairs especially suited for tournaments. Men's, ladies and junior leagues run during the week with numerous tournaments hosted on weekends.
Other Golf Courses Include:
- Hidden Valley Resort - (403) 734-3965
- Kinsmen Park
This Town owned park was first built in the ‘60’s by volunteers of the Kinsmen Club of Bassano, ideally located on main street, has been a popular spot for many families and children.
In 2001 the Kinsmen Club of Bassano, with the help of many volunteers, grants and initiatives, have upgraded the playground equipment and surface material. The equipment has passed CSA safety inspections and continues to draw folks of all ages to the intriguing, physically challenging, and handicap accessible playground equipment complete with picnic area. The Park is located beside the Community Hall and across the street from the Homecoming Campground. We are very fortunate to have this wonderful facility in our community.
- Community Hall
610 - 2nd Avenue
The Bassano Community Hall was paid for through generous donors within the community and area as well as grants from the Province.
The next time you are in the Hall, take time to read the Wall of Fame. Construction was completed in 1996.
The hall has a meeting room, kitchen, bar, stage and lighting/sound room. This modern, spacious facility is a cornerstone of the community with seating for upwards of 300 people. Many folks travel to Town for cultural events, conferences, and fundraisers that are held in the Community Hall. With the Kinsmen Park located beside the Hall and the Homecoming Park across the street from the Hall; the facility is also popular for family reunions, weddings and many other social events.
- Pioneer Damsiters Drop-In Centre
315 -2nd Avenue
The Pioneer Damsiters Drop-In Centre is a wonderful gathering place for seniors. The facility is a Town owned - volunteer operated facility. Activities that take place on a regular basis in the Drop-In Centre are bingos, luncheons, card parties and socials. Membership is very affordable and new members are welcome!
- Royal Tyrrell Museum
Open Victoria Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend 9am to 9pm daily. Open remainder of year 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Call 1-888-440-4240 for further information.
Annual events include:
- Bassano Amateur Rodeo-- Last Saturday of June annually.
- The Crawling Valley Annual Fish Derby (May Long Weekend)
- Canada Day Celebrations - July 1st -9pm at the Rodeo Grounds.
- Sportsman Dinner - Third Thursday of October annually.
A complete list of past, present and upcoming Community Events along with their contacts can be viewed by clicking hereCOMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Local recreation and community organizations include:
||Figure Skating Club
||Chamber of Commerce
||Bassano Barrel Racers
||Bassano Arts Council
A complete list of Clubs and Organizations along with their contacts can be viewed at www.bassano.caRELIGIOUS SERVICES
- Evangelical Free Church - 202-8th Street - 403-641-3937
- Presbyterian Church - 334-3rd Avenue - 403-641-4090
- St. Columba Roman Catholic Church - 601-5th Avenue - 403-641-4811
CAMPGROUNDS The Homecoming Camp Ground (403-641-3788) located on main street is complete with power, washroom and shower facilities. Camping is enhanced by the large shade trees and the nearby Kinsmen Park. A great spot to stop in while visiting Bassano. The Campground operates on a first come first served basis.
Midway Motel Campground - 403-641-3858
Poplar Grove Campground - 403-793-3396
Crawling Valley Resort - 403-641-4095
Desert Sands Campgroud - 403-641-4508
Shady Nook Campground - 403-641-3858
- Imperial Hotel - 403-641-3544
- Prairie Schooner Motel - 403-641-3978
- Mid-Way Motel - 403-641-3858
- Bassano Mobile Home Trailer Park - 403-641-4666
- Rosie's Roadside Grill - #1 Highway - 403-641-4293
- Harry's Restaurant & Lounge - 438-2nd Avenue - 403-641-4334
- Armando's Restaurant & Lounge - 308-2nd Avenue - 403-641-2848
Bassano is part of the Grasslands Regional School Division #6, headquartered in Brooks (Tel: 403-362-2555).
Bassano School is a 360 student K-12 school serving the Town of Bassano, the surrounding area, and the neighboring Siksika First Nation. As a result, our school has a very multi-cultural feel to it. Our school motto is "Best Efforts Equal Success" and our main school goals are improving reading comprehension and promoting moral intelligence. We have an Alberta Initiative for School Improvement project (Focused Reading Comprehension) running at our school which involves a partnership with the University of Calgary. High School students have access to a welding and mechanics program through the "Innovation Award" winning mobile CTS lab that is provided by Grasslands Public Schools and Alberta Learning.
Sports is an integral part of our school culture - "Go Broncos".
Newell Further Adult Education is one of 83 Adult Learning Councils in Alberta funded, in part, by Alberta Advanced Education - Community Programs. (403)641-3444
The Brooks campus of Medicine Hat College is only 50 kms away from Bassano and provides post-secondary technical and business certificate courses, plus 1st and 2nd year university transfer programs.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES within close proximity are:
Prairie Bible Institute offers a wide range of programs, including Ministry, Aviation, Business Administration, Outdoor leadership, Childcare, Practical Nurse and Paramedic and Music, to students from over 20 countries around the world. Students can earn a one-year certificate to a four-year degree.
Rosebud School of the Arts offers a unique blend of practical and theoretical training in the performing arts. In addition to the arts program, Rosebud provides apprenticeship programs in the hospitality industry.
Bassano is part of the Wild Rose Region. With internationally recognized post secondary institutions, the Wild Rose Region is attracting students from around the world.
For information on Educational Opportunities in close proximity to Bassano visit the school's corresponding website:
University of Calgary - 403-220-5110
University of Lethbridge - 403-320-5700
SAIT - 403-284-7248
Mount Royal College - 403-240-6111
Alberta College of Art & Design - 403-284-7600
DeVry Canada - 403-235-3450
Olds Agricultural College - 1-800-661-6537
Red Deer College - 403-342-3300
Bassano is served by Alberta Health Services (AHS), which is responsible for delivering health services to 3.5 million people living in Alberta.
Bassano Health Center
P.O. Box 120
608 - 5th Avenue
Bassano, AB T0J 0B0
The Bassano Health Center has 4 acute care beds, one palliative care bed, 8 continuing care beds as well as one respite care bed. Service is provided based on a Primary Health Care Model and includes 2 physicians and 2 primary care nurses located on site.
Playfair Lodge is a congregate, living facility serving functionally independent senior citizens 65 years of age and over. The Lodge provides housekeeping service, full meal service, laundry service, basic room furnishings, building security, 24 hour non-medical staffing and opportunities for socializing.
Playfair Lodge - Newell Foundation 315 -7th Street - phone (403) 641-3000
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
911 *R.C.M.P. *Ambulance *Fire Department
Hospital..........(403) 641 - 6100
Poison Control..........1 - 800 - 332 - 1414
Mental Health..........1 - 877 - 303 - 2642
Bassano is served by a volunteer fire department (911).
Police ServicesBassano is served by a local detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
(Tel: 403-641-3677 or 403-641-3684).
Ambulance service is provided through Alberta Health Services.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES
Town of Bassano
P.O. Box 299, 502 - 2nd Avenue
Bassano, Alberta T0J 0B0
Town of Bassano Public Works Department is responsible for road maintenance, snow removal, maintenance and operations of the water and sewer treatment & distribution, storm drainage system, bi weekly garbage pickup, airport maintenance, swimming pool equipment maintenance, operations, repair and maintenance of Town vehicle and equipment.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
Bassano FCSS operates or funds:
- Meals on Wheels
- Helping Hands
- Stand Up to be Empowered
- Red Cross Babysitting Course
- Parents & Tots
- Rural Safety Day
- Victims Services Training
- Welcome Packages
- Volunteer Appreciation
- Seniors Week Recognition
- Women's Wellness Conference
The Regional Community Worker Program provides a link between the CFSA (Child & Family Service Authority), FCSS and the local community. Working in collaboration with each FCSS, Community Workers will help you identity resources available in your community as well as provide interim support.
Recreation, Tourism & Parks
The Town of Bassano supports a wide range of recreation facilities and parks.
- Artificial Ice Arena
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Recreation Complex - Golf Clubhouse, Bowling Alley, Curling Rink
- 9 Hole Golf Course
- Tennis Courts
- Baseball Diamonds
- Bassano School Gymnasium
- Soccer Fields
- Kinsmen Park
- Rodeo Grounds
- Gun Club Facility
The Homecoming Camp Ground located on main street is complete with power, washroom and shower facilities. Camping is enhanced by the large shade trees and the nearby Kinsmen Park.
Bassano Memorial Library
522-2nd Avenue (Main Street)
* access to over 700,000 items within the Shortgrass catalogue
* holds can be placed using library computers or home computers
* on-line databases (available only to library members)
* on-line service of "Ask a Question"
* 3 public access internet connected computers
* dvd's, cd's, audio tapes and large print books available
* items can be renewed by phone or computer
* 24 hour book return located at the library
* Computer assistance available Tuesday evenings (sponsored by FCSS)
* Supernet is here
* Videoconferencing is available
Community Futures Wild Rose
#101, 331 – 3rd Avenue
Toll free to Southern Alberta: 1-888-881-9675
Websites: www.cfwildrose.ca; www.wildrose.albertacf.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Services include repayable business loans up to $150,000, small business assistance providing counseling and resources, accessible links and information to ongoing education for the entrepreneur, promotion of youth entrepreneurship and connection of key community partners to benefit/boost/ community economic development best practices.
Bassano Registries - Licensing
Canada Post Office
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
ClimateSEASONAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURESJanuary
Annual Precipitation: 39 cm 15.21 inches
Frost Free Days: 118
Hours Sunshine/Year: 2,334
To view Bassano's Current Temperature click button
Town of Bassano
P.O. Box 299
502 - 2nd Avenue
Mayor -Tom Rose
CAO - Sabine Nasse
Alberta Finance and Enterprise
109 Provincial Building
346 - 3rd Street, S.E.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 0G7
Elvira Smid,Regional Manager
Gloria Filgas, Information Officer gloria.filgas\\@gov.ab.ca
Hon. Jason Hale
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)
630 Legislature Annex
9718 107 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E4
OR P.O. Box 873
403-2nd Avenue West
Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B7
Hon. LaVar Payne
Member of Parliament [MP]
Medicine Hat Constituency
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
P.O. Box 640
6-403 2nd Avenue West
Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B6
Toll Free: 1-800-565-4694