Okotoks, have you heard of it?

Slice of Life Day 16

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

My family and I live in a little town called Okotoks, in the southern part of Alberta, Canada. It is fun name to say… try it! Ok-o-toks! The ‘toks’ is pronounced ‘tokes’. My husband and I didn’t grow up here and we actually had never heard of it before we moved here two and a half years ago. I grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario and he grew up in Zillah, Washington. We met while teaching in Shanghai, China. We moved together to Hong Kong and had our daughter while living there. Shortly after she was born we decided we wanted to be a bit closer to our own families and searched for jobs all over North America and we found ourselves in Okotoks, Alberta. Since we didn’t know a single thing about this town, we did what everyone does, GOOGLE IT! We read everything we could, there wasn’t much! This town of 28,000 didn’t have much but it had a Costco, so we were sold!

A few months after I secured a job at an amazing Independent School on 210 acres of beautiful campus, we moved into an airbnb and began our search for a house. Two and a half years later, we are so happy we found this lovely place to call home.


We went on a family walk tonight and when we got back Marlowe and I wrote “All About Okotoks”

This is what she says…




8 thoughts on “Okotoks, have you heard of it?

  1. Oh how nice to find out more about you! The town sounds lovely and I love Marlowe’s description, most importantly that the deer look both ways before crossing the road, traffic trained deer, imagine!

  2. Your town of Okotoks sounds beautiful with a very large school campus. That is so exciting that you and your husband met so far away. It must have been meant to be! Thank you for sharing Marlowe’s writing. It is very sweet!

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