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Okotoks History

The town’s name is derived from “ohkotok”, the Blackfoot First Nation word for “rock”. The name may refer to Big Rock, the world’s largest known glacial erratic, situated about 7 km (4.3 mi) west of the town. Before European settlement, journeying First Nations used the rock as a marker to find the river crossing situated at Okotoks. The tribes were nomadic and often followed large buffalo herds for their sustenance.
David Thompson explored the area as early as 1800. Soon trading posts sprang up, including one established in 1874 at the Sheep River crossing on the current Okotoks townsite. This crossing was on a trade route called the Macleod Trail, which led from Fort Benton, Montana to Calgary. In 1879, the area saw the killing of the last buffalo. Government leasing of land for one cent per acre ($2.47/km²) began in 1880. This created a major change in the region. The first settlers arrived in 1882.

A community grew up around a sawmill that was established in 1891, and it would grow in size. The last stagecoach stopped in Okotoks in 1891 when rail service between Calgary and Fort Macleod replaced horse-drawn travel. 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 the last of the passenger service (Dayliner unit) ended in 1971. The town celebrated its centennial in 2004.

The Town of Okotoks

5 Elizabeth Street
Okotoks, Alberta T1S 1K1
Phone: 403.938.4404
www.okotoks.ca

Okotoks Community Newsletter

Your Okotoks is a free glossy covered community newsletter published monthly (12 times per year), and delivered to every household, apartment and business in Okotoks. Consisting of community news, event notifications, philanthropic initiatives, real estate statistics, and babysitter lists, Your Okotoks community newsletter has strong and consistent readership and advertising visibility.

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  • Circulation: 12,600 Households
  • 12 Publications per Year
  • Community Calendar
  • News, Events & Photos
  • Community Programs
  • Sports Registrations
  • Church Announcements
  • School Announcements
  • Real Estate Updates
  • Community Babysitter List

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Okotoks Elected Officials

The city of Okotoks is represented by

Mayor Bill Robertson
Town of Okotoks
23 Sunset Crescent
Okotoks AB - T1S 1P3
Phone: (403) 938-8904
Fax: (403) 938-2766
Email: mayor@okotoks.ca

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Okotoks is also a part of the Highwood Provincial Electoral District.
MLA Wayne Anderson
MLA Highwood
Unit 5, 49 Elizabeth Street
Okotoks, AB - Canada T1S 2C1
Phone: (403) 995-5488
Fax: (403) 995-5490
Email: highwood@assembly.ab.ca

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Okotoks Community Demographics


The Town of Okotoks’ 2013 municipal census counted a population of 26,319, a 5.4% increase over its 2012 municipal census population of 24,962. At its current population, Okotoks is the largest town in the province and is eligible for city status. According to Alberta’s Municipal Government Act, a town is eligible for city status when it reaches 10,000 residents.
Almost 3% of Okotoks residents identified themselves as aboriginal at the time of the 2006 census. About 93% of residents identified English as their first language while 1.4% identified French and 1.0% identified German as their first language learned. The next most common languages were Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, and Slovak. For more detailed info visit the City of Calgary community profiles site.

Okotoks Community Babysitters


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Babysitter Name Age Rate Course
Aaron 15 years old 5$ per person no
Alana 26 years old 12-15 yes
Alexandra 34 years old $12.00 yes
Alia 14 years old 10 yes
Alison 19 years old 15 yes
Alli 31 years old 15 yes
Amara 14 years old 7 yes
Amber 31 years old 15-18 yes
Amy 27 years old 15.00 yes
Andrea 15 years old 5-10 yes
Annette 47 years old 10 yes
ariel 18 years old 9 no
Athena 15 years old $10 yes
Autumn 18 years old 13 yes
Belle 21 years old 10-12 yes
Blaise 25 years old $15-$20 yes
Brianne 18 years old $10-$15 yes
Brittney 19 years old 15 yes
Brittney 19 years old 15 yes
Brooke 14 years old 5 per hour, plus $1 per hour for each additional child yes
Brooke 14 years old $10.00 yes
bushy 46 years old 10 yes
Carissa 19 years old $15 yes
Carter 13 years old Around 5 dollars an hour yes
Cassidy 15 years old $5-15 yes
chantele 26 years old 15 no
Cindy 24 years old 13 no
Connor 13 years old 10.00 yes
Crystle 31 years old 11-14 yes
Danita 22 years old 12 yes
Darby 15 years old 10.00 yes
Daria 18 years old 13-14 yes
Dasha 14 years old $10 per child yes
Dawn 38 years old $10 yes
Deidra 29 years old 12.00-20 depending on how many children yes
Deidra 29 years old 12-20 yes
Dylan 16 years old $10 yes
Elizabeth 13 years old What is offered yes
Ella 18 years old $13/negotiable no
Emilie 24 years old $10.00-$15.00 Flexible yes
Emma 14 years old 10.00 yes
Emmy 26 years old 16 yes
Eric 12 years old $10 yes
Ethan 12 years old Negotiable yes
Eugene 19 years old 15 yes
Evelyn 13 years old 4 yes
Genevieve 13 years old $10.00 yes
Heather 30 years old 20 yes
Heather 30 years old 10 yes
Heather 30 years old 10-15 yes
Holly 16 years old $10 yes
Holly 12 years old Negotiable yes
Jakarta 19 years old 15 no
Jane 52 years old 12/hr yes
Jessica 21 years old 12.00 no
Jessica 19 years old $12 yes
Julia 18 years old $10 yes
Kadence 12 years old $5.00 yes
Kaiya 14 years old 10$ yes
Katie 19 years old 10 no
Kayleigh 17 years old 8.00 yes
Kenzie 19 years old ~12 no
Kristn 18 years old 12 no
Lisa 30 years old 12.00 no
Luke 13 years old 8 yes
Mackenzie 14 years old 10.00 yes
Mackenzie 14 years old 10 yes
Madison 16 years old 5 yes
Maggie 16 years old 13 no
Makenzie 19 years old 10 yes
Maria 17 years old 10 yes
Marissa 24 years old $15.00-$20.00 yes
Maxine 15 years old 5 yes
Maya 26 years old 20 no
Maya 26 years old 20 no
Mehgan 22 years old 13 no
Melissa 21 years old 14 yes
Michelle 32 years old 16 yes
Mila 23 years old 12.0 no
Modern Babies Playhouse 33 years old 13 yes
muniza 40 years old 10 to13 dollars yes
Natalie 17 years old $10 (Negotiable) yes
Nikki 15 years old 8-12 yes
Nola 31 years old 14.00 yes
Nola 31 years old 14.00 yes
Olivia 15 years old 9 yes
Olivia 17 years old $15 yes
Opey 21 years old 12 (negotiable) yes
Paityn 15 years old 8 yes
Piers 15 years old $8 + negotiable yes
Polina 16 years old 10 yes
Priscilla 28 years old 14 yes
Rachael 21 years old 15 yes
Reeve 13 years old 10 yes
Sabrina 17 years old 10 yes
Sam 18 years old $10-$12 (depending on number of kids and other factors) yes
Samantha 26 years old 15 yes
Samantha 21 years old 15 no
Sarah 21 years old 13 yes
Scott 16 years old 5 yes
Shahara 17 years old 14.00 or negotiable yes
Shani 24 years old 13 yes
Shawna 19 years old 12 yes
shawna 30 years old 12 yes
Shelby 15 years old 7.50 yes
Sidney 18 years old 15 yes
Sophia 13 years old 10$ yes
Sumel Kaur 19 years old 10 no
Sydney 25 years old 20 yes
Taylor 15 years old $6 an hour yes
Taylor 23 years old 13 yes
Tenzin 19 years old 11-19 no
Tianna 17 years old Negotiable yes
TJ 37 years old 15 or more yes
Tracy 33 years old 15 yes
Travis 14 years old 10 to 12 yes
Tristan 13 years old Negotiable yes
Tristin 14 years old 8 yes
Vanessa 25 years old $6-$10 yes

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