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Cochrane is nestled at the base of the Big Hill in the Bow River Valley, with views of the foothills and Rocky Mountains. Just minutes from northwest Calgary, Cochrane sits in the heart of cattle country and on the historic Cowboy Trail.

A Hiking ‘Vision’

The Town of Cochrane developed around the location of the Cochrane Ranche, the site of Alberta’s first large scale livestock operation in 1881. Visitors can enjoy the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site, near the junction of Highways 1A and 22. Hike up to see the “Men of Vision” statue on the hillside above the park. Visit the Cochrane Farmers Market, Saturday mornings (from June to the end of September) or step back in time at the Cochrane Historical Museum (open Friday through Sunday in summer).

Biking, Hang Gliding and More

Cochrane is known for its outdoor activities, within Cochrane and in the vicinity. Watch hang gliders float gracefully down from above the Bow Valley Trail. Biking and walking trails are found around in town and along the river. Fishing, boating and kayaking are complemented by golf, horseback riding and white water rafting a short drive away.

Finding food and more at the Cochrane Street Market.

A Dynamic Town

Explore the historic downtown with shopping, restaurants and places to sit and rest in the shade of the trees lining the main street. Enjoy a MacKay’s ice cream and see Alberta’s 3rd oldest working hotel. Tour and taste craft beer and spirits at the brewery or distillery. (Half Hitch Brewing Company and Krang Spirits). Enjoy festivals and events including the Canada Day Family Festival, Lions Labour Day Rodeo, Cochrane Street Market, Cochrane Fair, the Prairie Girls Vintage Market and Great Cochrane Outhouse Races.

Your Base for Adventure

Enjoy the expanded, adjacent Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Make Cochrane your base to explore the region. Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Drumheller are short drives away. Let Cochrane serve as your base camp to adventure.

Enjoying a summer treat at MacKay’s Ice Cream.

Outside of Town

Soak in some scenery and go hiking at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, 5 miles east of Cochrane. Hike on 16 miles of trails and enjoy views that stretch from the Calgary skyline to the Rocky Mountains.

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