Category Archives: Okotoks

We’ve got competition…

A family member was asking us the other day if the Canadian’s make much of Christmas. The answer is yes – if the use of Christmas lights is any form of indicator. We previously posted some shots of our first attempt at applying some Christmas lights to our house, but some of the houses down around our local streets have rather left us “in the shade”.

We especially love the world’s biggest candy cane below…that’s a VERY big house and quite where they sourced a candy cane of that size, we have no idea. You’ll see what we mean below.

The last one is of our house again…after we’ve added some lights to the tree outside.


Watch out for the bears…

…as they are innovative forragers and this bunch have taken up residence on our front porch.
We bought these at Spruce Meadows (a local show-jumping venue) when they held their Christmas Market recently. We spent an age choosing just the right three bears, each of which had a slightly different expression.

Danny, the chap who makes the bears (with a chainsaw!) was selling his wares directly and it was nice to be able to speak to him personally about his work. Here’s his website.


Our Town

So this is where we live. Don’t you just love the “Population” figure on the sign…makes us think of one of those western movies where the population figure is crossed through and replaced with a lower number after one of the locals gets killed!

You can see reference to the Okotoks Town website… There’s lots of information on there including maps where you’ll be able to see our Crystal Shores area in the north of the town and the lake that our house backs onto.

They seem very keen on sustainable living here and the plan is to cap the growth of the town when the population reaches 30,000, the idea being that they think this is the maximum number of people that can sensibly be serviced by the Sheep River, that flows through the centre of the town. According to the sign above, we’re just over half way there at 17,000.



A number of people have asked us about the postal system here.

The first thing we should say is that postage is very expensive (especially for parcels), it feels quite dated, and it is a bit flaky.

The key difference from the UK is that you don’t get the post delivered to your door. Indeed, the doors do not have letterboxes. Instead, you are assigned a box at a nearby postal delivery station and the post-person drives up and pops all the post for the local area into the respective boxes. You’re given a key for your box and you pop along each day (or whenever you want) to see if you have mail. You can imagine how our little faces light up when we find mail in our box! Our box is just around the corner from the house, so it’s no big deal to walk (or in current weather conditions – more of that later – slide) over there to check. Here’s our postal station…our box is on the bottom row of the middle section.