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Okotoks: historic past, sustainable future

Nestled in the valley of the Sheep River is the vibrant community of Okotoks. With a population more than 27,000, Okotoks is the largest urban centre between Calgary and Lethbridge.

The name Okotoks is derived from the Blackfoot word “okatok” which means rock. This is in reference to the large glacial erratic, the Big Rock, located west of Okotoks on Highway 7.

Okotoks was incorporated as a town in 1904. Much of its history and old town charm has been preserved and the community offers exceptional services and amenities for all ages that are second to none for a community its size.

Okotoks’ unique downtown area, Olde Towne Okotoks features an eclectic mix of quaint boutiques, shops and restaurants.

A wide range of businesses and services are also available in other growing sectors of the town including Cornerstone, Southridge and the Okotoks Business Park, to name a few. The Southbank Business Park is developing into a shopper’s paradise with Costco, Winners and Home Depot among the businesses calling the area home.

Okotoks is home to the Okotoks Dawgs baseball team and the Okotoks Oilers and Okotoks Bisons Junior hockey teams.

As well, the recreation centre features twin arenas, a curling rink and swimming pool.

There are numerous ball diamonds and soccer pitches, a brand new skateboard park, a BMX track and an extensive river valley pathway system. The town also boasts an airport located on the east side in conjunction with a unique Air Park residential subdivision.

Okotoks has been recognized for its approach to recycling, water conservation and alternative energy initiatives and boasts the lowest water consumption rate per capita in all of North America.

Caption: Residents get ready to take a dip in the Sheep River, a popular destination over the summer months.

 

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