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.
New Town Office
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
As you can see there are plenty of facilities in this full service town!