Located only 15 minutes south of Calgary on the Sheep River, Okotoks is a charming small town full of heart and soul, surrounded by rolling foothills, as well as breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and the Sheep River Valley. This fast growing community, with a population of 31,569 ( 2020 census), is a great option for those working in Calgary looking for quick commuting and a small-town lifestyle, with the convenience of city amenities. This close-knit community offers an easy place to make new friends, great views, and plenty of events and programs to connect and keep busy. The local magazine “Okotoks Living” keeps residents connected and well informed of community news and updates, events, and everything happening in and around Okotoks.
With a population expected to grow to 80,000 over the next couple of decades, plans are already underway for future developments with 210 acres of land set aside for future developments. This will bring in more businesses and create even more job opportunities for this growing town that encourages environmental sustainability. Many are drawn to Okotoks for its employment opportunities in agriculture, construction, retail, education, hospitality and the great support the community has for its small businesses.
Events and Festivals in Okotoks
Small town living isn’t complete without the fun of festivals and events. Okotoks puts on yearly attractions that draw people of all ages out looking for a fun day with their family and friends. Some of these highlights include Buskers Fest, Okotoks Chili Fest, Taste of Okotoks, Show and Shine, Childrens’ Festival, Auctions, Rodeos, as well as the Christmas “Light Up Okotoks” Festival, among others.
Education in Okotoks
Okotoks is a family-oriented community and provides a large number of schooling options for families with children. These include 13 pre-schools, 5 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools and 2 regional high schools, and a K-9 option for families who like to keep siblings together in the same school.Those wishing for private education have their choice of 2 private schools.
Recreation and Amenities in Okotoks
For everyday living, Okotoks provides a variety of recreational options for those looking to stay active and busy.The Okotoks Recreation Centre is a great option for year round activities, as well as the local curling rink, and a number of Fitness Centres for those who enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. Summer months are enjoyed by residents taking advantage of the local BMX track, skatepark, water spray park, and swimming pools. Home to over 90 parks complete with 40 playgrounds and paths for walking and biking, it’s easy to see that this small town enjoys an outdoor lifestyle. Golf enthusiasts will love having the option of 3 beautiful and well manicured Golf Courses at their fingertips. The local arenas (with NHL sized rinks) are popular during the winter months with hockey games and community skates..
Anyone who loves the fine arts and performing will be thrilled that they don’t have to travel to Calgary to enjoy a night out. The Rotary Performing Arts Centre in Okotoks is home to exciting theatre performances, lively concerts, comedy and other great entertainment. Of course a night out isn’t complete without dinner, and Okotoks provides a multitude of dining options. Shopping options are met with numerous grocery stores, retail stores and cute boutiques.
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