Usually we spotlight communities in Calgary but I’d like to take a minute to discuss the possibility of moving out of the city and into a quieter neighborhood. Okotoks has some fabulous attractions that most people in Calgary don’t know about. If you are looking for a get away from the city or even a new place to call home check out some of our favorite facts and attractions in Okotoks!
The Big Rock
The rock is a glacial erratic that was deposited southwest of Okotoks during the retreat of the last ice age. The rock originated from the Wisconsin glacier and is the largest glacial erratic in the world.
Located only a few minutes outside Okotoks and open May – October, Kayben Farms is home to the 12-acre Sunshine Adventure Park and JoJo’s Café. The adventure park features a play structure with four-lane slide, pedal kart track, wheat bin, little tots area, farm animal display and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Okotoks Museum & Archives
The museum is inside a beautiful historical home that dates back to 1905. It was home to several prominent families over the years, and also served as a daycare, antique store and law/government office at various times. The museum opened its doors in 2000, and in 2009, a restoration was completed to recapture some of the home’s original character.
If you want to hit the links, Okotoks is home to a few excellent golf courses, including D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club, Crystal Ridge Golf Club and River’s Edge Golf Course
The farm started with a few Saskatoon berry seedlings planted by Paul and Karen Hamer at the confluence of the Sheep River and Highwood River 30 years ago. Today, it’s home to greenhouses, a gift shop, a 100-seat restaurant, a seasonal farmers market and a popular annual u-pick for Saskatoon berries and sour cherries.
Old-Fashioned Skating Party
Each January, Okotoks hosts an old-fashioned skating party on the outdoor rink at the Okotoks Recreation Centre to celebrate winter. Families can bring their skates and enjoy outdoor skating, music and hot chocolate.
- Okotoks is home to more than 28,000 people and is expected to grow to roughly 80,000 people in the coming decades thanks to an ongoing annexation process
- Okotoks comes from the Blackfoot word “Okatok,” which means “rock” – likely a reference to the famous Big Rock glacial erratic located southwest of the town
- The last bison in the Okotoks area was killed in 1879
- Train passenger service to Okotoks was discontinued in 1971 after 80 years of service
- Okotoks received telephone service and electric lights in 1906 and natural gas in 1912, but had no public waterworks or a sewer system until 1952