Community Spotlight: Drake Landing Cyclists imageOne of Okotok’s finest new communities is Drake Landing, overlooking the idyllic town of Okotoks. Located just a short 15-minute drive south from Calgary, Okotoks is the perfect family community with lovely streets, small shops, and year-round recreational facilities. A planned community, Drake Landing offers residents the best in modern homes with a gorgeous view of the nearby mountains and valleys.

Drake Landing is beautifully situated with a view overlooking the Sheep River Valley and the historic city centre of Okotoks. But what makes Drake Landing truly special is the community’s commitment to renewable energy. Drake Landing is a member of United’s PEER program to reduce water wastage, and they have also partnered with Built Green Builders and the Solar Project to create a community that harmoniously blends green-friendly homes with lovely paths, trails, playgrounds, and an off-leash dog park.

Recreation and Trails

Okotoks has three different facilities, including the Recreation Centre and the Foothills Centennial Centre where you can attend musical concerts, sporting competitions, trade fairs, theatre shows, and a wide variety of entertainment options all year round.

Wildlife and Nature

It’s not just the view that’s beautiful when you live in Drake Landing. The community and town of Okotoks are home to interesting wildlife that transit through the region. Don’t be surprised to see the occasional deer or moose, particularly in quieter areas, as well as many different species of birds and small mammals.

Drake Landing is a peaceful, residential community, ideal for enjoying a stroll along the river, watching the trees bloom in springtime, and listening to birdsong in the morning.

Community Spotlight: Drake Landing Teacher & Student imageEducation Options

Your children have a wide variety of choices when it comes to schools. For the younger ones, a mix of both English and French-language public elementary schools, religious academies, private schools, several choices available for nursery school and pre-kindergarten, and alternative education facilities can all be found in Okotoks.

Older kids attend the Alberta High School of Fine Arts or the Okotoks Junior High School.

Health Care

For minor ailments, the Okotoks Urgent Care and Okotoks Health and Wellness Centre are located right in town. Okotoks also has two hospitals, the Black Diamond Oilfields General Hospital and High River General Hospital. And advanced health care is only 15 minutes away in Calgary, including the renowned Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Things to Do in Drake Landing

The nearby Sheep River Valley on view for Drake Landing residents has more than 85 kilometres of panoramic trails to enjoy.

Okotoks has more than 75 vibrant restaurants, eateries, cafes, pubs, and bars. And the lovely city centre has boutique shops and small businesses, selling everything from artwork to handmade gifts and accessories. 

The Rotary Performing Arts Centre in downtown Okotoks is home to one of Alberta’s finest thespian groups, the Dewdney Players.

Sports fans can enjoy baseball (Okotoks Dawgs) and hockey (Okotoks Oilers and Okotoks Bisons) amongst many other exciting local sporting events. And for golf players, Okotoks has no fewer than three full-size golf courses and a fun mini-golf course.

Other options to enjoy when you live in Drake Landing include:

  • Okotoks Museum and Archives. Preserving 300 years of the region’s history with exhibits, artifacts, and educational displays.
  • Millarville Farmer’s Market. From June through October, this is the place to get the best fresh produce, agricultural products, and homemade goods.
  • Millarville Rodeo. Get your fill of cowboy thrills at the nearby town of Millarville’s annual rodeo.
  • Okotoks Erratic. Known locally as the “Big Rock,” this unique geological formation is the ideal place for a fun day trip and to learn more about geology.
  • Kayben Farms. Just a short distance outside of town is Kayben Farms, perfect for a family adventure or special event. Enjoy water slides, learning about animals, and exploring more than 10 acres of outdoor fun.
  • Chinook Honey. Famous for their traditionally-made bee products, Chinook Honey is also one of Canada’s most renowned meadery, experts at brewing the world’s oldest-known alcoholic drink.
  • Houses of Worship. There’s a spiritual home for everyone in Drake Landing. The city of Okotoks has several different houses of worship, including Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Catholic, and Mormon churches.

Getting to Calgary

One of Drake Landing’s biggest draws is its close proximity to Calgary. By car, residents of Okotoks head north on the AB-2 and they’ll be in McKenzie Towne and southeast Calgary in about 15 minutes. The Calgary city centre can be reached in about 35-40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Okotoks also has a public bus service that connects the town with Calgary as part of On-It Regional Transit. 

Community Spotlight: Drake Landing Montego Model imageTo Learn More

Drake Landing has a show home, the Montego 2, located at 146 Drake Landing Gardens in Okotoks. With a total of 2,377 square feet of interior space, this home has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. The home has a lovely five-piece ensuite, a gorgeous four-piece main bath, and upstairs laundry. The Montego 2 also comes with a bonus room and a generous flex room on the main floor.

To schedule your tour of the show home, call (403) 995-7061 or contact us online.

Proud to be a community with a strong focus on renewable energy and plenty of green, natural spaces, Drake Landing is one of Calgary’s premier bedroom communities. Just 15 minutes from the big city, this Okotoks community feels like a world away with beautiful mountains, forests, and wildlife in view out the window and a town centre with lovely parks ideal for family picnics, boutique shops, and cafés.


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