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July 01, 2009

Okotoks Living

New magazine focused on lifestyles

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Less than 15 minutes south of Calgary, nestled in the heart of ranch country, in the shadow of the foothills, sits the Town of Okotoks. Here, 22,000-plus residents have the best of both worlds – all the amenities of a larger city, as well as the friendliness and security of a small town lifestyle.

In Okotoks, people still nod and say “hello” when they see a familiar face; whether passing on the tree-lined sidewalks of Olde Towne Okotoks on Elizabeth Street or in the aisles of Wal-Mart or Sobeys. It’s big enough that you really never have to leave town if you don’t want to—everything from grocery stores to car dealerships are near at hand—yet small enough that you can still drive all the way across town in less than 10 minutes.

Okotoks is the perfect place to raise a family. Several new communities offer everything from apartment and townhome style condos, to starter and estate homes. One community even has its own airport. Public, separate and private schools offer the opportunity for a quality educational experience at every age level. Sports play a large role in the community, with local soccer and baseball fields, ice rinks and the rec centre serving as informal meeting places for both kids and parents. Three golf courses play host to thousands of rounds annually. The Okotoks Dawgs baseball team, playing out of the fan-friendly Seaman Stadium are a popular summer outing, while in winter the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League receive lots of support from the locals.

Okotoks is also a great place to start a business. More than 1,200 businesses are licensed to operate in Okotoks, with nearly one-third of those being of the home-based variety. With the youth and prosperity of the population, and the anticipated growth of the town, it’s no wonder businesses want to locate here. Even Costco has its eyes on Okotoks.

In addition to all of its man-made amenities, Okotoks also boasts many natural gifts such as its location straddling the Sheep River and, of course, the Big Rock. And its these natural gifts The Town, and its residents, are so intent on preserving. In fact, with more than 100 ongoing ‘green’ projects, Okotoks is the model of sustainability for communities all across the country.

For all these reasons, Okotoks is a special place. A place well-deserving of its very own lifestyle magazine. A magazine about living in Okotoks, for people living in Okotoks—titled, appropriately, Okotoks Living. Okotoks Living will feature engaging articles and big, full colour photos on everything Okotoks; from interesting personalities, to sports, business, housing, culture and entertainment, and even important environmental issues. Produced on recycled paper, with an endorsement from the Town of Okotoks, it’s the ‘official magazine of life in Okotoks’.

Distributed quarterly, the premiere summer edition of Okotoks Living will launch June 1 with delivery to each and every Okotoks household, with an additional 5,000 copies available on free racks in town and in Calgary at Media Classified vendor boxes located south of Fish Creek Park. NL

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