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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Okotoks.

This page contains three sections:

Curious and Interesting Names Near Okotoks ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Black Diamond   -   11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the West of Okotoks   [Map]

Blackie   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Deer Run   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Forest Lawn   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Haysboro   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the North   [Map]

High River   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Janet   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Longview   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Two Guns   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Okotoks. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday December 6, 1932 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday May 29, 2009 at the age of 76. He was buried at Queen's Park Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry 'Hank' Bassen<2>

20th Prime Minister of Canada (June 1979 - March 1980). He was born in High River (Alberta) on Monday June 5, 1939

High River [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast of Okotoks

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Saturday October 4, 1913 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday April 9, 1993 at the age of 79. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Roy 'Les' Cunningham

Professional hockey. He was born in Russell (Manitoba) on Friday July 23, 1897 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Sunday March 15, 1987 at the age of 89. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Norman Alexander Mervyn 'Red' Dutton

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Sunday April 10, 1904 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday January 16, 1962 at the age of 57. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor

Major League Baseball. He was born in Drumheller (Alberta) on Tueday July 8, 1930 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday June 12, 1990 at the age of 59.

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Gorbous

Professional wrestler. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday May 7, 1965 and died in Kansas City (Missouri) on Sunday May 23, 1999 at the age of 34. He was buried at Queen's Park Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Owen James Hart

Professional wrestler. He was born in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) on Monday May 3, 1915 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Thursday October 16, 2003 at the age of 88. He was buried at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stewart E. 'Stu' Hart

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday April 17, 1906 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Sunday January 20, 1991 at the age of 84. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert A. 'The Duke of Duluth' Lewis

Professional wrestler. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Wednesday November 13, 1968 and died in Vancouver (British Columbia) on Thursday December 18, 2003 at the age of 35.

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael Anthony 'Mike' Lozanski

Professional hockey. He was born in Sceptre (Saskatchewan) on Saturday September 4, 1926 and died in High River (Alberta) on Tueday November 17, 2015 at the age of 89.

High River [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Murray Albert 'Bert' Olmstead

Professional wrestler. She was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday February 21, 1961 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday July 27, 2001 at the age of 40.

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rhonda A. 'Bertha Faye' Singh

Professional hockey. He was born in Sandon (British Columbia) on Sunday May 31, 1903 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Monday February 9, 1981 at the age of 77. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Okotoks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cecil Ralph 'Tiny' Thompson

How Far From Okotoks to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Okotoks to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Okotoks and extending to:

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 196 miles [315.4 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Okotoks to Edmonton, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,782 miles [2,867.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 70 days and walking would take 102 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,430 miles [10,348.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,197 miles [11,582.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,266 miles [8,474.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

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The official website for Okotoks: www.okotoks.ca/

The official website for Province of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Okotoks) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Okotoks. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Okotoks

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Okotoks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.7249, Longitude: -113.9750     [Map].
<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<3>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<4>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Okotoks to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 334.164 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.911 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.943 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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