April 6, 2022

Return of Okotoks Events!

2022 is shaping up to be better than the last couple of years! The first three newsletters of the year focused on Success, Passion and Spring Cleaning for Okotoks Businesses. What could be better than the Summer of 2022 Festivals and the return of Town of Okotoks Annual Events?

There is something happening in Okotoks all year long. With a wide variety of special, community, family-oriented events, Okotoks is a great place to live, play and visit!

Businesses, vendors, restaurants and organizations have the opportunity to take advantage by registering to participate in these upcoming events! Doing so can help your business leverage, or capitalize, on the additional visitor traffic these events generate. Learn how you can do this by checking out the many online resources that exisit on how businesses can benefit from community events.

First off is the Okotoks Parade & Children’s Festival on Saturday, June 18, the Taste of Okotoks is back for its tenth year on Saturday, July 16 and the Town is looking for local food providers, restaurants and caterers to participate and showcase Okotoks' diverse food scene.

Find out what’s coming and how you can participate! 

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Business Highlight - Manilla Market

Manila Market chefs have been cooking in the finest restaurants around the world and are excited to present their vision of homemade Filipino food to all of their guests. 

Come and see what they have to offer! Visit them at 50 Elizabeth Street and check out their website at manilamarketokotoks.com.

Learn more about Manila Market & more success stories!

New businesses in Town

New Business Listings

The Town of Okotoks is thrilled to welcome the following new businesses to Town:


  • Kam Productions – video production 
  • 2 AM Illustrations – branding, design, custon illustrations, paper goods
  • Drift Simply Natural – all natural wellness products
  • Coast 2 Coast Hockey Development – hockey coaching
  • All Finished – carpentry & small renovation services
  • Open Range Photography – photographer: family, couples landscaptes/scenery
  • Burnt Toast Bakers  sourdough bread bakery
  • Khai Luu massage therapist
  • This & That Contracting photography, residential/commercial cleaning, painting, desk finishing
  • Pascoe Roofing Inc. roofing company
  • Teoli Weaving – craft workshops
  • Green Zone Landscaping – landscaping: sod, rain water storage, grading/drainage
  • Furever Friends – dog grooming


  • Big Beaver Brewing – micro-brewery with tap room 
  • Xcessive Inc. – print signage and promotional items

The online business directory is a list of all Okotoks businesses that have chosen to be included. The Business Directory is another helpful resource for sourcing companies, products, services and expertise located in the Town of Okotoks. Check it out!

Online business directory

News: Annual Temporary Patio Program

The Town is excited to announce that the temporary patio program has resumed for this season and runs until October 31, 2022! This annual program runs Apr 1-Oct 31 each year.

If you would like to operate a patio past October 31 on a permanent basis, please note that you will need to apply for a development permit.

If you are planning a temporary patio, please click the button below to learn about program guidelines, requirements (such as locations) and to submit your site plan & application online. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Community, Growth & Investment at 403-938-8052.

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 New Okotoks Visitor Guide!

Book a visit!

The latest Okotoks Visitor Guide is a great tool to help visitors navigate all businesses in Town. The guide also has QR codes that link to a map of all of our PLAY, STAY and EAT locations on the Tourism website. Get copies now at the Okotoks Municipal Centre and Okotoks Art Gallery.

McFarland Lumber Yard (1940-1942)

Behind the two children in this 1940s photo on Elizabeth Street is the McFarland Lumber Yard. It primarily provided materials for industries like the growing oil business in nearby Turner Valley. Early on in Okotoks' development, large industries and warehouse wholesalers were located in the downtown core.

Before modern zoning laws, it was common for these businesses to be clustered in downtown cores butting up against homes or businesses, such as hotels. For instance, in this photo we can see the Willingdon Hotel (today the Royal Duke) just beyond the lumber yard. Thanks to zoning, changing economic conditions and the availability of cars, these businesses moved further away from downtown to areas with more space, and neighbours were less likely to complain about noise or pollution.

Upcoming Events

Okotoks Business Association Event

April 21
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Location: Miles Display & Design, 62 Fisher Place

Tickets required

This event is purely networking so you can meet LOCAL and NEW business colleagues.

Make sure to come with an empty stomach, there will be a brilliant breakfast!

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Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce Trade & Lifestyle Show

May 6 
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

May 7 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Okotoks Recreation Centre, 99 Okotoks Drive

Interested in being a vendor at the Trade & Lifestyle Show? Click the button below to learn more.

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Business Resources

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Our team of experts are here to provide clarity and confidence as you start and run your business. Reach out today and get the help you need.

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The Okotoks Business Association is built on the values of the heart and science and business. Bringing together entrepreneurs to nurture the growth and education of business leaders in the Foothills

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Click to see all events by the Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce

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Click to see all events by Community Futures Highwood

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Bow Valley

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