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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 28,000, 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. Okotoks’ unique downtown area, Olde Towne Okotoks features an eclectic mix of quaint boutiques and shops. 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, Save-On Foods 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.

The Okotoks 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.

The town prides itself on offering a wide range of housing choices. Okotoks is the site of North American’s first solar-powered residential subdivision, the Drake Landing Solar community. 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.

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