The Town of Okotoks

Okotoks is a town situated on the Sheep River.  Wikipedia gives an overview of the source and flow of what is, the lifeblood of the town…
Wikipedia – Sheep River

By European standards, the town is very young. It was only incorporated in 1904. Okotoks has and is still undergoing a significant growth in its population. As recently as the year 2000, the population was less than 10,000. Today, (and contrary to the population figure on the picture below), it is about to push through the 20,000 mark. However, it retains a friendly and small-town feel and there remains a strong sense of community pride and spirit. If you like your facts, you’ll like this publication by Okotoks Town Council: Okotoks Fact File 2008.pdf

 

So where is Okotoks, we hear you ask?! Well, it lies about 18km (11 miles) south of the southern edge of Calgary, Alberta. Okotoks to Central Calgary is approximately 46.7 km (30 miles). How long that would take you to drive is a subject of some debate. It depends on a number of factors, such as whether you were trying to get to downtown Calgary in the rush hour, whether you were driving legally and what the road and weather conditions were like. In the very best case, you would probably budget about 35 mins to drive from Okotoks to downtown Calgary and add time accordingly to reflect rush hour and poor conditions. You can be fairly predictable in estimating that it takes about 17 minutes to drive from the northern reaches of Okotoks to the southern reaches of Calgary.

Now, you haven’t heard us mention Public Transportation. The reason for that is that there isn’t any, yet, although there is a live debate about the provision of a commuter bus service to Calgary in 2009 and longer term discussion about a rail link but it would be foolhardy to envisage the latter arriving any time soon. However, Southland, the people that run the school buses around here, do operate a morning and evening shuttle coach service to and from downtown Calgary. You can get the details here.

Okotoks has a downtown area as well as several shopping areas with strip malls, restaurants and box stores.

Downtown Okotoks
Old Town Office

New Town Office

Western Wheel offices

ShoppingThe Station Cultural Centre, which seems to host art exhibits etc
Downtown Restaurants & Cafes
79 – No minors allowed.

Cafe Divine
Bistro Provence
Tea & Time Emporium: Very nice spot for lunch, clocks all over the walls, good food and lots of teas to choose from.
On the southern edges of the town, you can find the big box stores and shopping facilities.
Recently expanded Wal-Mart

Sobeys is a really nice Supermarket, we also have a Safeway and No Frills (formerly Real Canadian)
Restaurants: The George Pub and Restaurant. Mr Mikes Steakhouse & Bar

Health & Wellness (human & animal)

As you can see there are plenty of facilities in this full service town!

J&E

 

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