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Things to do: To the North

Town of Okotoks

The fastest growing small community in Canada.  The town takes its name from a Blackfoot word meaning "Big Rock", and you will see the rock on your left as you approach Okotoks from the west.  It is technically an "erratic" - a rock that originated somewhere else and was carried to its current position by glaciers.  Our rock came from the Jasper area, 400 kilometers away, and is the largest erratic in the world!

Okotoks has shopping (Wal-Mart and all the other businesses that tend to swarm a Wal-Mart) and much more.  The link below will tell you more.

20 minutes away.


Originally an isolated outpost of the Northwest Mounted Police (now the RCMP), now a modern city of a million people.  All you would expect from a big city, along with a few things you wouldn't.

About 50 minutes to the southern terminal of the Light Rail Transit system. (LRT or "C-Train").  Otherwise, it depends where you want to go.  Travel by road is fairly easy in Calgary, but plan your route!  Rush hour should be avoided, but it is mercifully short compared to some large cities.


Turner Valley - Hell's Half Acre

The Alberta oil and gas industry started just 5 minutes up the road in Turner Valley.  It would be a pity to be so close and not visit their interpretive centre, a National Historic Site.

Of course, it's only half an acre.  We have 400 of them ........



The Calgary Stampede

For ten wild days in July, the sophisticated city of Calgary lets its hair down and returns to its roots.  Before oil, there was beef!

The Stampede bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth".  Come and judge for yourself.  We would be surprised if you can't agree.

During Stampede, hotels rooms are hard to find, so if you plan on visiting us during that time, book early!  For the exact dates and details of Stampede, follow this link:


Spruce Meadows

The world famous picturesque complex devoted to the sport of show-jumping.  Since its inception 35 years ago, Spruce Meadows has grown into the sport's premier location.  This is a year-round operation, with events from October through April being held in their extensive indoor facility.

We don't use the term "world famous" lightly.  The centre's own staff produce 25 television programmes each year which are distributed to 100 countries with a reach of 820 million people.  But who needs television?  During your stay at Welcome Acres you can visit them in person!

An easy 45 minute drive.

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