In the fall of 2014, the town of Okotoks experienced nation-wide fame when a tourism campaign for the community came up with the catchphrase, “There are a number of things to do in Okotoks.” In spite of the painfully anti-climactic slogan, it turns out that Okotoks does have vibrant cultural and business communities with plenty to do both personally and professionally. Founded as a trading post in 1874, the town has a long ­association with Alberta commerce. Today, Okotoks boasts strong population growth, good tax rates and, of course, easy access to Calgary.

By the Numbers

Population: 28,016
Population growth rate (2011-2015): 16%
Residential tax rate (mills): 5.2
Non-residential tax rate (mills): 7.1
Median home price: $395,000