great dash re-hash

The Monster Dash October 20, 2018

What a stupendous day, great teams, awesome Dash spots, incredible weather and loads of fun. We are so very blessed to be surrounded by awesome people that have stood by us, supported us and are helping us realize our dream. Connecting communities, making the makers known, promoting local businesses, destinations and exposing our teams to all the wonderful gems that this area has to offer. We asked our Dash Spots to make their challenges/experiences creative and engaging. You all nailed it! Thank you.

A great big bear hug and supreme gratefulness to our very special angels-

Whoville Inc. Marketing and branding virtuosos.(Keith and Jane) You exemplify the word “creative,” your knowledge is astounding, what you did for The Great Dash is outstanding! Standing ovation from us and we are proud to call you our friends, thank you.

Eagle Radio We are so thankful for your support and enthusiasm with The Monster Dash, you guys rock! We are on the same wavelength, kindred spirits, community minded, advocating connectivity and making the makers known, thanks a million for having our backs.

Chris Friesen from ShotList Films created the spookiest, most imaginative promo film for The Monster Dash. You Chris Friesen are one of Okotoks hidden gems. Everyone should know that our buddy is the creme de la creme of filmmakers. With gratitude.

Trout + Taylor Aislinn Grant, Dash advocate, savior, designer, brander, entrepenuer, business guru, funny, candid, creative and love her to the moon and back.

John and Jennifer Carswell our photographers that spent the whole day catching all the candid shots from our Dash, so very grateful.

Finally to our Dash volunteers, Ross, Sean Gillian, Donna Fay, Bev, Matthew and to all that helped spread the word for us, many thanks you are a vital component to our success. Luv you all.


Shared Spaces

Located in the heart of Okotoks. Lisa Jones and Bobbie Forno are incredibly helpful, friendly and bright. “Where our space is your space.” What a great concept! One stop shop. This cozy place has over 100 local crafters, artisans and entrepeneurs waiting for you. Fabulous place to shop and a deli to finish off your productive day.


School House of Pets

A great pet store on the main street in Okotoks. Super friendly, knowledgeable kind and caring, Jasmine and Bradley have a great selection of high quality products for dogs and cats, small animal food, reptiles, betta fish, hermit crabs and much more. Worth a visit or two.


Okotoks Museum and archives

Established in 2009, the museum is devoted to preserving artifacts and archival resources and celebrating the many stories and people from the past. The staff are friendly and always eager to explain Okotoks history, did we mention the Ghost Walks?! This is a real treat, take some time and go in and explore.


The British Chippy

Traditional British fish ‘n’ chips, no artificial colours or flavours. Comfortable, warm and inviting atmosphere with friendly staff and the smells wafting out of the building, yummy. Every meal is cooked fresh. Grandma’s recipe with a twist.


94 Take the Cake

Combining her design background and passion for baking and cooking Sherry creates remarkable cakes for every occasion, she also holds classes to share her craft with others. This is a great place to chill with family, friends or a great book with a cup of coffee or tea and some tantalizing treats, savoury or sweet.


X’s & Oh’s boutique

These gals are professional, knowledgeable and wonderful. A premier love shop. They will put you at ease immediately and guide you to regain and enhance your intimacy level with your partner and your sexual well being.


Lineham House Galleries

Cheryl and Janifer both artists themselves run this jewel of a place on Elma Street to showcase local creators, hold workshops, talks to inspire, teach and engage. A truly unique art gallery with awesome staff and a lovely, cozy atmosphere. We urge you to pay a visit and spark that creative light within.


Little Fast and Fresh

New to Okotoks and a must visit. Real food made fast! You cannot go wrong with this wee gem. Friendly, locally owned and all sorts of wonderful super fresh food options and super convenient. You cannot go wrong with this place, go today and give it a try!

The Prairie Dogz

The Prairie Dogz at The Duke ( in Okotoks. Dwight Koenning and Keith Hambrook belt out outstanding original tunes with a blend of rock, blues and country. Two very talented fellows with an incredible amount of passion and drive! Check them out!


The Bistro 1882

This locally owned and operated restaurant nestled in the heart of Okotoks is a quaint, understated treasure. Excellent dining experience, warm and friendly owners, second to none food, with a passion for their restaurant. We cannot say enough about this spot.


The Okotoks Art Gallery (OAG)

Founded in 1981 OAG is run by the town staff and volunteers. Serving the Foothills region with plenty of programs for children, adults, families and seniors, concerts and art exhibits from artists across Canada. A wonderful place to experience the wealth of creativity and dynamic energy.


The George Tradional House

“Best of Foothills” winner for best wings! A favorite pub amongst friends in the community. Great food, awesome service and super prices. The ambience is charming and the atmosphere is cozy. Wine, pasta and music on Thursday nights and wing night on Wednesday, every day they have specials. They even have game day and happy hour.


D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club

D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is a public facility with a gorgeous mountain view that offers a challenging, rewarding experience on the course with rich green, gentle rolling hills. Adding to that they have a fabulous dining room and lounge with large windows allowing you to take in the beautiful sights while treating yourself to a sumptuous meal and accommodating staff.


The Hair Studio/Nikki’s Best

A group of experienced, passionate hairstylists in a warm inviting atmosphere with a wealth of training for your haircare needs. Together with “Nikki’s Best” esthetics looking after your waxing needs, facials, manicures and pedicures with an abundance of professionalism and know- how. You only need the one stop and you leave renewed and beautified!

All Through The House

DYI heaven! You could spend an entire day in this place and find all sorts of superb treasures. Go see what the fuss is about. Pickers paradise, painters corner, hardware section, salvage, a house full of furniture, a kids area and to boot, a yard full of barnwood and great junk!



Sobeys has been in Okotoks since 1982 under Sobeys and affiliates by the Gilbert Family. They are very much a part of our community family. There is a good reason that they are here today. They care for their customers! The produce is always fresh, their meat is second to none, a bakery to die for, a pharmacy that gives great info, a huge natural foods aisle with gluten-free options, friendly, caring staff and so much more. What else do you need? High fives to Sobeys.



European style pretzels, hand rolled with loving care, succulent, drool worthy, and delicious. A twisted knot full of goodness! Salty, sweet fix. A little bit of Oktoberfest all year round.


Balance everywear

Not only is this spot fantastic, fashionable and functional, they help you look after your whole body as well as support you through the journey. Good quality clothes, awesome service and caring people. Classes galore for movement, wellness, and balance.


Alberta Dance Academy/Goodger Pink Family Theatre

We cannot say enough good things about this dance academy. The parents of the children that go here cannot say enough! This is a highly professional environment for kids to learn and at the same time a wonderfully friendly, non stressful, ADA family-like setting. Amazing teachers, progress of the kids is outstanding and the life long lessons these kids take away is unmeasurable. Goodger Pink Family Theatre fires the imagination, sparks creativity, and introduces family and kids to unbelievable opportunities that otherwise they would not have. Building confidence, recognising and understanding their actions and awareness of themselves which in turn helps immensely with the skill of communicating and compassion for others.


Hub Town Brewery

They cannot wait to open their doors! Mark and Lisa have worked very hard to plan for their dream of owning and operating a brewery in Okotoks, it is soon to be a reality. The two of them have a interesting story on how they started in this crazy business, their passion is evident. They hope to be open in the new year so look out for this lovely pair and their rooftop patio! https://www.hubtownbrewing.


Boston Pizza

A great restaurant for the family and a sports bar for the sports enthusiast. If it’s for business or pleasure this is one of the hot spots in Okotoks. They have revamped the place and it looks great! New items on the menu to try out and new management, we strongly encourage you to pay a visit.


Okotoks Natural Foods

Brenda and James Shaw are working to make their store a one-stop shop for all things healthy, wholesome and organic. Bringing “natural foods” into Okotoks for people that care about their health. A fabulous store with a wide selection of amazing foods and friendly, knowledgeable staff.


Kayben Farms

The sunshine adventure park. They believe in the art of play! Unplug for the day and take in the smell of nature and the adventures that this place offers right in Okotoks. From the corn maze, picnic areas, climbing wall, pedal kart track, four lane slides and a abundance of fun activities to enjoy.


Tribal Connection Market

These gals bring local products from around the world, bringing income to local entrepreneurs in different countries. Housewares, clothing, books, crystals, jewelery, wall hangings and so much more. They have awesome friendly staff and lovely homemade food with delectable specialty coffees and teas. They additionally support local musicians at their live music nights and an array of entertainers throughout the week.

Winning team, “The Elementals.”

Winning team, “The Elementals.”

Big hugs go to Denny’s and Elks Hall in Okotoks for allowing us to use them to start and finish our Dash and to have the use of a room for our Spook House, thank you so much. Denny’s kindly gave all our team members a coupon for their next visit to Denny’s, we are pretty sure they will see more of our Dash teams in there.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You make this day fantastic! Please help us by sharing this with friends and family and watch for our next Great Dash. The Reindeer Dash on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Family friendly day full of adventure. Come join us, see what all the fuss is about. Sincerely and gratefully, Linda and the Dash team.(If you are interested in becoming a Dash Stop call me at 403-861-5795)