Vanished Okotoks: Places that have been Lost

Okotoks, AB

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History & heritage

The face of Okotoks has changed many times since its incorporation as a village in 1893. Buildings that were once focal points of the community have vanished. Fires and floods, recessions and depressions, development and technological change, all have taken their toll on the buildings of Okotoks. When new buildings have risen to take their place, the memory of what was there before fades, but it is not lost. With the aid of historic photographs, we can reconjure these lost structures, and create a tangible connection with the past. In this tour we will see some of the buildings that no longer stand, learn about the roles they fulfilled and meet the people who lived, worked, or played in them. We will see why some buildings survive, while others do not, and remind ourselves of the importance of preserving our heritage buildings whenever we can. This tour begins near the former site of the Catholic Church on Northridge Drive, and continues down Elizabeth Street to see some of the homes and shops that once lined that thoroughfare. Then we'll continue down North Railway Street, the town's commercial core in its early years. Finally we'll loop back adjacent to the river, and learn how the lumber and agricultural industries contributed to Okotoks’ early economy.

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.


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On This Spot

The On This Spot app takes people on guided walking tours through the history that surrounds them. At each stop on their journey users will find themselves standing on the spot a historic photo was taken. They can view a then and now photo comparison, use the built in camera to create their own, and read about local history and how it ties into the broader human experience. Based in Vancouver, On This Spot is working with heritage, tourism, and business organizations across Canada to expand the app's coverage.


Okotoks, AB

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Andrew Farris