Relocating and Moving to Okotoks Alberta
Okotoks is an amazing place to live, make friends and be part of a community. I moved to Okotoks with my husband and two daughters in 2007 and I immediately fell in love with the place. I am very fortunate that my job as a Realtor has allowed to meet some amazing people and I feel privileged that I can help others relocate to Okotoks and help make this town their home.
Okotoks is a beautiful town located a short 15 minute drive South of Calgary, 20 minutes North of High River and 20 minutes East of Black Diamond and Turner Valley. Importantly, Calgary International Airport is only 40 minutes away for people who work in the oil and gas industry. Many people who work in this sector choose Okotoks as home because of the community support their families enjoy when they are working away for long periods.
Like many others, I have found Okotoks to be a close knit community with a small town feeling, however if you need to be close to a city, Calgary is a short and convenient 15 minute commute. As the town’s average age is 34, you will see many families attending local events throughout the year – many of these events are great for children of all ages.
In 2015, Okotoks was awarded 6th place on the list of Canada’s most Entrepreneurial Cities – awards like this have led to unprecedented growth of 30% since 2008 and Okotoks now has over 28,000 residents. It’s not just the awards that attract people to the town, Okotoks also benefits from a thriving retail industry that has attracted the likes of Costco and Home Depot in recent years.
The Town of Okotoks is attracting a lot of attention for its sustainability efforts, green energy and environmentally friendly initiatives. A section of Drake Landing is the first Canadian solar community and the residents enjoy cheap utility bills using energy harvested from the sun. The town has also recently added green residential bins for organic waste; these green initiates protect the environment and help the town manage its growth for the foreseeable future.
Moving to Okotoks and Relocation
One aspect of my job as Realtor that I enjoy is helping people who are moving to Okotoks relocate here. I get a huge amount of enjoyment sharing my knowledge of Okotoks with people who are new to the town. If you are thinking about moving to this wonderful town please reach out to me. I can share knowledge about schools and catchment areas, the different communities, recreation, real estate, shopping, dining, banking, car dealerships, health care and so much more. Helping people relocate to Okotoks and answering questions is a very rewarding part of my job. Call or text or email anytime with your questions 403.605.7200.
Okotoks enjoy’s impressive recreational facilities including; 50km’s of walking and biking paths, fishing in the Sheep River, a local fenced secure dog park and we are a gateway to the Rocky Mountains. If you enjoy dining out we have many superb restaurants, pubs and bars to tempt your taste buds. A new independent BBQ restaurant Big Sky BBQ Pit is about open and I know Big Sky BBQ Pit will be a hit with my family. Okotoks residents can also enjoy the following facilities:
- Three golf courses
- Crescent Point Regional Field House
- Recreation centre with pool
- Goodlife and Motion Fitness gyms
- Curling rink
- Indoor walking track
- Murray & Piper Ice arena’s which are both NHL sized surfaces
- An indoor hockey arena at the Centennial Arena
- BMX track
- Skate park
- Water Spray Park
Okotoks has 13 pre-schools, 5 elementary schools, two junior high schools, two regional high schools, two private schools and one Kindergarten-Grade 9 school.
Events in Okotoks
Each year Okotoks also hosts many events and the below events are very popular and well attended:
- Buskers-Fest local artists, artisans, food and small businesses who showcase their products
- Taste of Okotoks fun culinary event, experience delicious food and drink
- Chili-Fest Chili Fest Cook Off
- Light Up Okotoks Start to Christmas with Santa, wagon rides, ice sculptures, fireworks
- Show and Shine 10,000 spectators viewing 500 vehicles
- Okotoks Collector Car Auction 42 Years as Canada’s longest running car auction
- Okotoks Pro Rodeo 25 years of non-profit Rodeo, produced entirely by volunteers
Okotoks Growth and Business Opportunities
Okotoks has set aside approximately 210 acres of land ready for future development and is going through an annexation process. Over the next several decades the population is expected to grow to 80,000 and this future development is very exciting for small business owners, employees and the creation of jobs. Another great benefit of owning a business in Okotoks is the town does not charge business tax.
Okotoks residents are some the most highly educated and skilled people in the Greater Calgary Region. Residents are attracted to the town due to its close proximity to a variety of employment options in the following sectors: Agriculture, Retail and hospitality, Construction, Transportation, Logistics, Professional services, Education, Small business, Home based business.
Okotoks Real Estate and Business Investment
The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) predictions for 2012 to 2018 name Okotoks as one of the top 10 places in Alberta to invest in Real Estate. The REIN report stated one of the main reasons that bodes well for Okotoks is Town Council’s decision to remove the 30,000 population cap.
The Okotoks development plan will allow it to annex lands in the surrounding areas creating great potential. The REIN report states easy access to Calgary, the Town’s Green initiatives, and rising demand for space make Okotoks an attractive place for people to live, work and invest.
Okotoks has a lot of strengths in its favour, including having the amenities of a larger community with a small town feel. The town’s relatively stable real estate market is positive and both investors and families alike benefit from Okotoks’ comparatively lower home prices.
The REIN report is directed towards real estate investors and highlights the town’s strengths as a place to invest in real estate. Okotoks is an attractive place for investors seeking rental properties as the town’s low vacancy rate indicates there is a demand for residential development and rental properties.
The strength of the local business community shows the town is a good place for business development and growth. Okotoks economic development leader Shane Olson, said the 9th place ranking shows Okotoks economy is on the right track.
Okotoks potential has attracted a number of new businesses and stores such as Costco, GoodLife Fitness, Sport Chek, Carter’s Oshkosh, Sleep Country, Ardene, Tommy Gun’s Barbershop and First Choice Hair.
Tourism and Culture
Okotoks offers exceptional dining, shopping, cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as charming accommodations to extend your day trip into an overnight stay. Check out our extensive pathway system, golf courses, cultural and recreational facilities or partake in the many year round activities Okotoks proudly hosts. Experience concerts, comedy, theatre and entertainment at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre, or exhibits at the Okotoks Art Gallery and the Okotoks Museum & Archives.
- Okotoks Health & Wellness Centre
- Full range of medical clinics and health-care practitioners
- Black Diamond Hospital 20 minutes west
- High River Hospital, 20 minutes east
- South Health Campus Calgary, 15 minutes
Questions about moving to Okotoks
If you have any questions about relocating to Okotoks please contact me via this webiste or send a text to Samantha Clement 403.605.7200.
If you are planning a research trip to Okotoks and want to view houses I can make all the arrangements ahead of time. Time is valuable on research trips and I can set aside complete days to help you. I can also set you up with a MLS search so that you receive all the houses that meet your critera via email.
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