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Okanagan B.C. Out of Reach? Live the Dream in Lillooet

Anyone who knows beautiful British Columbia knows about the Okanagan – an oasis of sun and fun in the southern part of Canada’s westernmost province.  The region is halfway between the Pacific coast and the Alberta border, extending northward from the Canada/United States border for about 200 k…

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Calgary Business Real Estate Starts Strong in 2018

It looks like Calgary’s economy is firing on all cylinders again after a couple of years of challenges.  Commercial and residential real estate is gaining strength, as is the industrial sector according to a recent article in Business in Calgary.

According to the article, industrial real estat…

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Experience Canada Through Movies

Perhaps you have not been to Canada but you have likely seen its stunning, diverse landscapes and character-filled cities in some of the biggest movies and TV shows. Canada is a great place to film movies and television shows because the costs are lower, the film industry labor force is exceptional …

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Ultrafast Broadband Launching in Okotoks

According to reports in Okotoks, Alberta’s Western Wheel newspaper, the progressive community will have state-of-the-art fibre broadband service across most homes and businesses in 2018.  Due to its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative communities, as well as its proximity to Alberta’s la…

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Alberta’s Large Metropolitan Economies Bounce Back in 2018: Conference Board of Canada

Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta’s largest cities, are expected to regain economic strength after the oil price collapse of 2015-2016 slowed growth in both cities and across the province.

According to The Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Outlook: Winter 2018, Calgary’s economy will grow…

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Okotoks Among Top Ten Places to Invest in Canada

In the premiere issue of Canadian Property Investor, a new publication from Yellow Pages NextHome, the Town of Okotoks was the only Alberta community to rank in the top 10 of the publication’s “Top 50 Places to Invest in Canada.”

The rankings focused on a healthy economy and housing market,…

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Okotoks Growth in the Works as Annexation Agreement Reaches Final Approval Stage

In late 2016 Okotoks successfully negotiated an uncontested annexation agreement after two-and-a-half years of discussions and planning. As a result, the community will add 1,950 hectares (4,818 acres) of land from the Municipal District of Foothills.

“Certainly getting that completed was a highl…

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Canada Dominates List of Top Five Most Liveable Cities in the World

Last month, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published its Global Liveability Ranking and Overview.  While Melbourne and Vienna captured the top two spots, the Canadian cities of Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario) and Calgary (Alberta) rounded out the top five, illustrating the hig…

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Alberta's Diversified Economy - More Than Oil and Gas

Check out Erin Collins article on Alberta’s diversified economy at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-oil-gas-economy-diversification-employment-alberta-1.3349865

For those of us who have lived in Alberta, the province is much more than the oil and gas capital of Canada.  Collins sho…

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Interview with Okotoks, Alberta Mayor Bill Robertson

The Town of Okotoks is surrounded by magnificent Rocky Mountain views, bountiful rolling hills and the splendid Sheep River Valley. Mayor Bill Robertson shares more on this great town below.

1)  Okotoks has frequently been among the fastest growing and most attractive     communities in Alber…

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Canada China Business Council Launches Business Incubation Centre in Calgary

The Canada China Business Council has launched a new Business Incubation Centre (BIC) in Calgary, Alberta. The Centre provides newly arrived Chinese enterprises in the province of Alberta with an affordable and low-risk presence as they establish themselves in the province and execute on their Canad…

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Okotoks Growth Continues with Recent Land Sale

Okotoks’ popularity among investors continues with the recent purchase of a quarter section of land on the east side of Northridge Drive.  United Communities, the developer behind the Alberta town’s innovative Drake Landing community is working with Town officials to develop an Area Structure Pla…

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Calgary and Toronto Rank High in Scorecard on Prosperity

In its seventh annual edition of the Scorecard on Prosperity, the Toronto Region Board of Trade (the Board) measured and assessed the economy and labour attractiveness of the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) against 23 other metropolitan areas around the globe.  Canada’s largest city, Toron…

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Okotoks Starts 2015 with More Businesses and More Development

Okotoks, Alberta continues to benefit from its smart growth strategy with a 4.8 percent increase in the number of businesses licenses from 2013 to 2014. This surpassed the 3.5 percent growth from the previous year.  Factoring in businesses that were no longer operating in Okotoks, this prog…

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Calgary Mayor Awarded 2014 World Mayor Prize

Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Calgary, Alberta was recently awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize from The World Mayor Project. Since 2004, the award has been given every two years to a mayor who not only shows vision and leadership for his or her community, but also acts on that vision to creat…

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Okotoks Lifestyle Attracting Record Number of New Residents

Interesting article in the Western Wheel about the number of homes sold in Okotoks in the second quarter of 2014: up 35 percent from the same period a year ago with 272 homes sold between April and June.  Make no mistake.  These are new families and professionals moving in, not people leaving.

Th…

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Amazing Race Canada Launches from Alberta

It was great to see The Amazing Race Canada start from the spectacular Columbia Ice Fields, located between both Banff and Jasper National Parks and extending into both of these amazing vacation spots.

The television show also featured challenges in Calgary, including one on North America's faste…

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Olds College Beer Wins Rookie of the Year

Olds College’s new brewing program is toasting its latest victory – the 2014 “Rookie of the Year” beer at the Calgary International Beer Festival.

The brew, a Northern English style Brown Ale called #10 Browning Street (a play on the British Prime Minister’s residence) was created using han…

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The Guardian Ranks Alberta 9th for Travel in 2014

United Kingdom-based newspaper The Guardian recently ranked Alberta ninth in its Holiday Hotspots list of the top 40 destinations for 2014.

The ranking was based on the opening of Jasper National Park's Glacier Skyway as well as world-class skiing at Lake Louise and other resorts and hills in the R…

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Olds Ranks in Top Three for Alberta Business Locations

The town of Olds, Alberta continues to punch above its weight class when it comes to doing business. In its November issue, the business-focused Alberta Venture magazine ranked Olds third in its 2013 Best Communities for Business in Alberta feature. Olds was also ranked number one in southern Albert…

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