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Okotoks Erratic - The Big Rock

Off Highway 7 | 10 kilometres southwest of Okotoks, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-562-7388
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Big Rock - the origin of the Town of Okotoks name.

This glacial erratic was deposited here after being transported on the back of a glacier. The rock... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
cdndave1951
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Calgary, Alberta
Very cool to see

It might seem hard to understand why this is a must-see. After all, it's just a giant boulder in a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rob E
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“ice age” (10 reviews)
“parking lot” (13 reviews)
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LOCATION
Off Highway 7 | 10 kilometres southwest of Okotoks, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-562-7388
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"ice age"
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"parking lot"
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"black diamond"
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"take pictures"
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"wheelchair ramp"
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"piece of history"
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"stretch your legs"
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"awe inspiring"
in 3 reviews
"free attraction"
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"nice walk"
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"great for kids"
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"walk around"
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"wheel chair"
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"photo ops"
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"final resting place"
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"fresh air"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This glacial erratic was deposited here after being transported on the back of a glacier. The rock was transported at least 260 km before coming to rest here. At 18,200 ton it is a very "Big Rock"

Thank cdndave1951
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It might seem hard to understand why this is a must-see. After all, it's just a giant boulder in a field. And true enough, you don't need to plan on spending more than a half an hour to an hour here. But there's something truly...More

Thank Rob E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This may be a geological wonder, but it is basically just a lump of rock in the middle of a field. Our impression of the rock was probably influenced by the fact that it was raining heavily throughout our visit. However, we were grateful for...More

Thank mjc404
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You know you've stumbled onto a stunningly photogenic place when you see wedding parties arrive to take pictures there. We've visited this fabulous place many times, but this is the first we've actually encountered wedding pictures being taken. If it's good enough for a beautiful...More

Thank BenLar137
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting back story. But a shame about the garbage laying around, us humans are so disrespectful. Says not to climb on the erratic, but everyone was as the surrounding wire was poor. Definitely worth a visit if interested in this kind of thing but it...More

Thank James E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I take all my visitors to this geological wonder.. the greatly approved parking and access platform is wonderful.. I also like the fence around the rock which hopefully discourages most people from climbing the exhibit. The Big Rock or Okotoks Erratic is nothing short of...More

Thank jerseygirl4491
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of those landmarks that when you find out about it, you think, “Okay. A big rock. So what?” But when you actually approach it, it’s sheer size is incredible to behold. A true example of how powerful nature is.

Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

I went to the Big Rock and checked out all the nooks and crannies! It’s very interesting. Big parking lot and bathrooms on site.

1  Thank Okotokian1
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Does what it says on the tin: a big old rock with no right to be where it is. Nicely maintained by the city for the most part, and a nice picnic spot. If boulders aren't your thing then maybe give this one a miss...More

3  Thank englishinthenorth
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Not to often you get to see a massive boulder left behind from millions of years ago.. This piece of Jasper is something that you'll never see again

Thank Brent C
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OldLawHog
11 April 2018|
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Response from calgarypedro | Reviewed this property |
appx 25 mins driving +/- depending on traffic in Okotoks.
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Response from Kathy M | Reviewed this property |
"During a period of mountain building between 80 and 50 million years ago, the Rocky Mountains were formed from beds of sedimentary rock that were thrust up and eastwards. The source of the Big Rock was discovered by looking... More
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