The town’s name is derived from “ohkotok”, the Blackfoot First Nation word for “rock”. The name may refer to Big Rock, the largest glacial erratic in the Foothills Erratics Train.
First Nations people led a nomadic existence in the Okotoks area for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Europeans.
Okotoks is a town in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
Okotoks was Incorporated as a village on October 25, 1899, and a Town on June 1st, 1904.
The town is a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership, a cooperative of municipalities within the Calgary Region.
The Estimated Population of Okotoks is 28,881, making it the largest town in Alberta.
Okotoks has experienced three major flooding events, in 1995, 2005 and 2013.
Okotoks has emerged as a bedroom community of Calgary.
There are 19 Neighbourhoods in Okotoks: Air Ranch, Central Heights, Cimarron, Cornerstone, Crystal Shores, Crystal Ridge, Downey Ridge, Drake Landing, Hunter’s Glen, Mountainview, Rosemont, Ranchers Rise, Sandstone, Sheep River Ridge, Suntree, Tower Hill, Westmount, Westridge & Woodhaven.
From approximately 1892 to 1896 the fledgeling community was called Dewdney, after the Lieutenant Governor of the North West Territories. However, it was changed back to Okotoks because there was another Dewdney in the North West Territories.