Champion Park and COVID-19
Each year the Town of Okotoks and Foothills County host an event at Champion Park. The park is a railway museum full of train cars, train tracks, the station, railway houses and more.
Due to the limited parking at the facility, each year the park is opened for one day, and one day only. Residents sign up and are bussed in from within the Town of Okotoks. Once they arrive, they are provided with a passport that volunteers stamp when the resident makes their way around the park.
2020 looks a little different because of COVID -19. We are unable to bus people to the location, which is why we have decided to host a virtual tour.
This year, The Town of Okotoks and Foothills County is giving away a private tour of Champion Park, the restored train and railway station located just outside of Okotoks. Due to COVID-19, the annual in-person event could not be held this year. As part of the Town and County’s efforts to help residents explore their community, a virtual tour was created of Champion Park, with one lucky winner receiving a private tour!
A photo caption contest is held on the Town’s social media channels and at www.okotoks.ca/championpark, where the virtual tour can also be found. The contest closes on November 20, and the winner will be announced on November 24.
Watch the virtual tour, which is a collection of 17 videos of locations within Champion Park. You will experience the knowledge and dedication showcased by the volunteers, who are essential in the park's success. Each video highlights a different attraction within the park, from cabooses to the train station.
Public Service Annoucement - PDF
Town of Okotoks
Champion Park History:
Champion Park was gifted by the Knowlton Family. Gerald L. Knowlton built the park as an homage to the CPR and as a family tribute to his mother, Faye, and father, Frederick (Ted) Knowlton – a CPR station agent who served in the town of Standard, Alberta for 42 years. The park was replicated after the train station and surroundings that his father operated.
Founded in 1979, Champion Park includes not only the land, but a lake, a restored CPR railway station from Champion, Alberta, a number of outbuildings, railway tracks, a 1960s era locomotive, a 1948 mail-express car, a 1929 Executive car (“The Saskatchewan”), display and rail cars, rolling stock as well as other period equipment and railway artifacts. The park is located 5 km northeast of Okotoks and 7 km north of Aldersyde on the east side of Highway 2 at the junction of 64 St. East and Township Road 210.