"The Rock that Ran" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of Alberta Off The Beaten Path Tip by canuckmike

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One hot summer day, Napi - the supernatural Trickster of the Blackfoot - sat upon the Rock to rest. Because it was so hot, Napi threw his robe over the Rock saying " Here I give you my robe because you are poor and have let me rest on you. Keep it always." Napi walked on, and it began to rain. Napi sent to the Rock and asked it to lend him the robe, but the Rock refused. Napi got angry, and took "his" robe. As he walked away, he heard a loud noise - the Rock was chasing him!

Napi was scared and ran. His friends - the buffalo, the deer, and the antelope - tried to stop the Rock, but were crushed. Nearly exhausted, Napi called upon some bats for help. The bats dove at the Rock and one hit it in the middle and split it in two.

This is the Okotoks Erratic which is the largest erratic in Alberta and maybe the world. An erratic is basically giant rocks left in random places when glaciers receded and dropped them. It's dimensions are around 41 x 18 x 9 metres and weighing in at around 16,500 tonnes. It's estimated it was placed at it's current location between 18 and 10 thousand years ago.

It's located just north of highway 7 about halfway between Okotoks and Black Diamond. It is quite easy to see from the road.

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  • Written Nov 20, 2005
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  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    We've come across a 'running rock' on the way to Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump ... but that was bust a tiny ond compared to this one.

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