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Okokoks Agricultural Society Ag Society

North of Okotoks at Highway 2A and 306 Ave, lies a bit of local history. Known to some as simply “Hebson Arena,” the Okotoks Agricultural Society is the oldest ongoing agricultural society in Western Canada with a history dating back to 1892. We host groups such as Future Cowboys and Cowgirls Rodeo Society, 4H, DeWinton Pony Club, and Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association. Events like the Red Rodeo trick riders, team roping, cattle penning, light horse shows, cutting horse events, reined cow horse events, goat shows, and dog agility trials are also held. We also have a full service restaurant “Cattlemen's Eatery” that is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekends. Sundays are a great time to visit , enjoy brunch and watch the events in the arena. Visit our website: www.okotoksag.com.

Okotoks Erratic Rock BigRock Spend an afternoon picnicking at The Big Rock, which is the largest glacial erratic in North America. Located 7 km west of Okotoks, it's a very very big rock in a field - dropped here by a glacier more than 10000 years ago. The name Okotoks is actually Blackfoot for "rock". The Erratic Rock also has strong history as both a buffalo rubbing stone and an object revered in Native legend.
Hiking Hiking If hiking is your love, pack up and get ready to experience the unforgettable beauty of the regional trail system. From mild to wild, nature and wildlife is featured in their best habitat - naturally. For information visit http://www.travelalberta.com/.
Sheep River
Sheep River Enjoy the meandering Sheep River! It's the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. The river offers days of boating, swimming, picnicking and pleasure. There are many fishing spots near Okotoks as well. There are plenty of rainbow trout, brook trout and Rocky Mountain Whitefish, just to mention a few. Check out the Sheep River, Elbow River, Bow River (the famous trout river that runs through Calgary) and Highwood River, plus lake fishing just a little further west. Or book a guided canoe tour to less-known fishing holes along more remote rivers and creeks such as the Crowsnest, Dogpound, Little Red and Stauffer. Contact the Okotoks Visitor Information Centre for more information at 403-938-3204.
Biking
Biking Dig out your mountain bike and cycle the Smith-Dorrien Trail System, one of the best known trails in Kananaskis Country. There are also many others! Visit for more information.
Water Skiing Water Skiing The Predator Bay Water Ski Club (PBWSC) is a private, non-profit society made up of a group of dedicated water skiing enthusiasts. The club brings together a wide mix of individuals, all with a common passion for spending time on the water, with family, friends and guests at two of the best man made ski lakes in Canada. We host a variety of regional activities including provincial sponsored training weeks and nationally sanctioned slalom tournaments.
The Club is located on a private site 10 kms south of the Calgary city limits. Through a unique relationship with an area landowner, the club has exclusive access to an amazing 2 water ski lakes.
Bus Tours Bus Tours Is riding more your style? For a truly unforgettable experience, bus tours gather in Calgary and Okotoks and provide breathtaking scenery into the Kananaskis Mountain and Foothills Region. Visit http://www.travelalberta.com/ for more information.
Foothills Bed & Breakfasts Bed & Breakfast
Along the way, take time to discover the cozy bed and breakfasts scattered around the area. See the ones located in or close to Okotoks lin the accommodations described below. Visit http://www.bbalberta.com/ for more Bed & Breakfast listings. For a complete listing see below.
Camping Campground Okotoks Lions Sheep River Campgroundis open May 1-Oct 1 and is located at 99 Woodhaven Drive.There are 61 sites available at the picturesque river side campground.For more information call 403-938-4282 or visit
http://www.okotokslionscampground.com/
The Cowboy Trail Cowboy Trail Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian prairie is Alberta's high ranching country, home to the historic Cowboy Trail. This 700 km trail winds its way north on Highways 5, 6 and 22 through the foothills from Cardston to Mayerthorpe. There's plenty to do along The Cowboy Trail. Stay at a guest ranch or working ranch. Experience a trail ride with an outfitter into some of Alberta's prettiest country. Take in a rodeo, cowboy festival or a pow-wow for a day. The western spirit comes alive in the small communities along the trail with special cowboy-flavoured events. Enjoy western hospitality up close and become part of the community while you enjoy a pancake breakfast, watch a small-town parade, shop for local crafts and western antiques, or cheer during a rodeo. Listen to poets celebrate the western way of life or watch native dancers move to the beat of a drum. Stay an extra night at a bed-and-breakfast and watch dawn break on the eastern slopes.
Bar U Ranch
Bar U Ranch
Photo by J. Pleau
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, located 13 km south of Longview on Highway 22, is a living history representing one of Canada's important industries - ranching. Recently designated a historic site, turn of the century buildings are being lovingly preserved and restored. Established in 1882, the Bar U Ranch has a colourful history - and a history that continues to be established because this prairie stop is still in operation. For more information phone toll free at 1-800-568-4996.
Turner Valley Gas Plant National Historical Site Gas Plant The Turner Valley Gas Plant National Historical Site in nearby Turner Valley is one of the unique representations of the area's oil and gas heritage. This restoration "work-in-progress" is the only surviving example of its kind in Canada and a pioneering component in one of the most important oil and gas fields in Alberta. The site is currently closed to the public. For more information visit the Alberta Government's Culture and Community Spirit page on the Turner Valley Gas Plant National Historical stie at: http://culture.alberta.ca/museums/historicsiteslisting/turnervalleygp/default.aspx
Millarville Famers' Market Millarville Market Check out the nearby Millarville Market, which is just a short drive west on Highway 22. It has a great Farmers' Market (the largest in the Calgary region) every Saturday morning during the summer which features local crafts and fresh produce.
Equestrian Equestrian For the horse enthusiasts, Spruce Meadows and world class show jumping is just 15 minutes north of Okotoks on Highway 22x. Also near Okotoks are many stables that board horses and provide trail rides for those who prefer a "hands on" approach. There are over 800 kms of equestrian-use trails throughout Kananaskis Country. Pick up guide books at your nearest Kananaskis Information Centre or the "Riding High" brochure at the Kananaskis Country Office in Calgary.
High River High River Just a little further south, on Highway 2, High River offers access to superb antique shops. High River also features one of the best preserved heritage downtown cores in Alberta. Seventeen professional building murals highlight local and regional history.
Black Diamond Black Diamond 16 kms west of Okotoks on Highway 7, Black Diamond, with a majestic rural setting, offers a variety of unique outdoor attractions including the Friendship Trail, which links the community to its sister town, Turner Valley. Black Diamond is also the gateway to the ranchlands on the Cowboy Trail.
Turner Valley Turner Valley 3 kms west of Black Diamond, Turner Valleyis nestled in the Foothills, surrounded by the Rockies and is considered a "Gateway to Kananaskis." Within its magnificent surroundings, Turner Valley boasts a rich history and is well-known as the birthplace of Alberta's oil and gas industry.
Longview Longview The village of Longview, 39 kms southwest of Okotoks on the Cowboy Trail, was once know as "Little New York." Longview is famous for its breathtaking view west toward the first range of the Rocky Mountains, its cattle ranching heritage and its natural resources. Longview is another splendid gateway to Kananaskis country.
Whitewater Rafting, Canoeing and Kayaking
Water Sports There are a number of nearby rivers offering excellent whitewater paddling on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The Sheep, Highwood, Elbow and Kananaskis Rivers all have outstanding runs for a variety of skill levels. The Sheep River west of Okotoks is arguably the best advanced whitewater kayaking run in Canada. For information on BOATsmart and to achieve your Pleasure Craft Operator Card please click here.
Skiing
Skiing For downhill ski enthusiasts,Wintergreen is only one hour away at Bragg Creek, and a little further west is Fortress Mountain, Mount Norquay, Nakiska, Sunshine and Lake Louise. Cross-country skiers can take advantage of the easy access to Fish Creek Park in South Calgary, Sandy McNabb in East Kananaskis, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Smith-Dorrien Trail System, Ribbon Creek and the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Golfing Golfing The D'Arcy Ranch Golf Course is located right in Okotoks, is an 18 hole championship course that is open to the public. The Crystalridge Golf Club, also located right in Okotoks, is a 9 hole, 3125-yard, par 35 course. It features water and rockwork on every hole, with lots of mature trees, berms, sand traps and large undulating greens. Also visit the River's Edge Golf Club, which features 18 holes on the bank of the Sheep River and, for a spectacular view of the Rockies, the Kananaskis Country Golf Course which is 1 hr west of Okotoks. There are other nearby courses in High River, Turner Valley, Heritage Point.
Campground
 
Accommodations - “Soft Cover”
Nature's Hideaway Campground
150 full/partial hookups
30 km E of Okotoks
938-8185
Lions Sheep River Campground
60 electrified sites, 10 unserviced
Okotoks
938-4282
Riverbend Campground
220 fully serviced & tenting
2 kms E of Okotoks
938-2017
Disc Golf
Disc Golf WJ Homestead Disc Golf - Come Experience a ...'fun throwback in time!'
Aim your disc at a little bit of Alberta’s homestead history.Enjoy 18 holes of disc golf on this historic piece of land homesteaded in 1896 by William Jackson. Recreational tourists, youth and adult groups, as well as avid and novice disc golfers are welcome.Call ahead for a tee time.Check in at the Bunkhouse for disc rental and a course orientation.
For more information call 403-827-0120 or visit http://www.wjhomesteaddiscgolf.com/.