Immerse yourself in abundant culture and history while indulging in all that is fresh and innovative in Okotoks. Surrounded by magnificent mountain views, bountiful rolling hills and the splendid Sheep River Valley, Okotoks is located just 18 kilometres south of Calgary, a short 15 minute drive South.Be inspired by a dynamic combination of old and new and be taken away by rustic treasures and exhilarating experiences.
20,000 copies of the Visitor Guide have been printed and are being distributed to various locations throughout Okotoks, the Foothills, Calgary and surrounding area. The guide ia also available at most Town facilities. The Visitor Guide features information on amenities, services and activities in the Okotoks area.
Okotoks has several splendid shopping areas: Olde Towne Okotoks (Elizabeth & Elma Streets), Southridge Village Shopping Centre, the Business Park and many stores along Northridge and Southridge Drive.Each area offers a wide variety of shops and services.There is everything from dining establishments, antiques and eclectic boutiques to clothing and retail outlets, and big box stores.
Okotoks Art Gallery at the Station was formerly the Town's railway station where art exhibitions, programs and live theatre are now hosted. The Station is also home of the Okotoks' Visitor's Information Centre and Interpretive Display. Okotoks Art Gallery at the Station is a "must visit" in Okotoks.
The Okotoks Recreation Centre houses twin ice arenas, both official size, with full amenities and excellent seating and viewing areas. The swimming pool has four lanes, and is 25 metres long. Enjoy a vigorous swim, or relax in the whirlpool or sauna. If curling is your game, we have a 6 sheet curling rink with a full viewing lobby or a private viewing lounge. In the spring, the Recreation Centre hosts the Okotoks Car Auction, where bidders from across North America bid on cars of every vintage and type.
While at the Okotoks Air Ranch, discover another form of flight - the Bird Sanctuary, where geese, ducks and other waterfowl make their home. The Okotoks Fish and Game Association has created a haven for these birds in a sanctuary located just off the road that leads into the Air Ranch. An elevated observation deck allows visitors to easily study the birds as they wade about the waters or set up nests along the shoreline.
The Crystal Ridge Golf Course is a 9 hole, 3125-yard, par 35 course that features water and rockwork on every hole. There are mature trees, berms, sand traps, and large undulating greens as well as a clubhouse with two restaurants.
The D'Arcy Ranch Golf Course is one of the most unique 18 hole courses in Western Canada. The terrain has been left in the most natural state possible, providing both novices and experts alike with an exciting and challenging game - oh and a gosh darn spiffy view of the mountains.
The River's Edge Golf Club is now a full 18 hole facility, with grass tee driving range, Pro Shop carrying all brand name merchandise, Licensed Clubhouse and Restaurant.The NEW north nine is a link style course, featuring the finishing hole as a true Island green par 3.
The Okotoks Oilers provide the opportunity to watch skilled athletes that have aspirations to obtain an education through college or university scholarships, as well the chance to enhance their hockey careers, which makes for exciting hockey. Okotoks is fortunate enough to have the Okotoks Bisons in town as well. The Bisons are our successful and talented Junior B team. Okotoks is also home to the Major Baseball League team, the Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs practice and play in Seaman Stadium and Field House a state of the art facility. For more information on season tickets and game schedules click on "Seaman Stadium". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jW1TNsM10s
With more than 40 km of interconnected hiking/biking trails that pass by everything from the Sheep River to mountain views to backyards, to parks, to the odd weed, there's no excuse for not walking off the calories you noshed on in the local eateries. Download our Okotoks Pathways to Adventure Brochure.
Once again the mighty Sheep River (a river that runs out of the mountains only 100 km west of Okotoks) provides the peace and serenity of fly fishing. For those who saw "A River Runs Through It", we have that here, with Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Rocky Mountain Whitefish waiting to take the fly and battle with the rod holder.
If it's history you're after, we have lots of old buildings to look at, and a Heritage Walking Tour brochure and signs to point the way. As Western Canadians, we only have 100 years of history, but we've made it an interesting history developing a country out of prairie grass and a mountain view. The tour concentrates on Elma Street, McRae Street, North Railway Street, Elizabeth Street and Riverside Drive.