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Okotoks has become a popular neighbouring community for the City of Calgary and commuters! According to the 2006 census, the towns population has grown by 46% since 2001!

An interesting fact is the towns name derived from "ohkotok" the Blackfoot First Nation word for "rock". The rock they were referring to is the world's largest known glacial erratic which is situated approximately 8km west of town.

Before European settlement, journeying First Nations used the rock as a marker to find the river crossing situated at Okotoks. David Thompson explored the area as early as 1800. Soon after trading posts sprang up, including one established in 1874 at the Sheep River crossing on the current Okotoks town site. This crossing was on a trade route called the Macleod Trail, which led from Fort Benton, Montana to Calgary.

By 1897 the community name had changed three times: from Sheep Creek to Dewdney to Okotoks, assigned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The rail line is still a main line south to the U.S. border, but passenger service ended in 1971.

Some attractions to Okotoks are; Olde Towne Okotoks, Spray Park, Okotoks Rec Center, Extensive Pathways, Dawgs baseball, Shopping and Dining. Throughout the year many events and fun filled adventure to be had in Okotoks!!

 

 

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