Fun Things to Do in Cochrane
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Fun Things to Do in Cochrane, Alberta

March 3, 2015

Fun Things to Do in Cochrane

Many of the Calgary bedroom communities get labeled as "small towns" and people assume that there is nothing to do, but that is not the case for towns like Cochrane that are bustling with lots of fun activities.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Cochrane:

Big Hill Leisure Pool: Residents and visitors enjoy the Big Hill Leisure Pool featuring a 25 metre lap pool, warm play pool and whirpool. Join us for swimming lessons for all ages, lane swimming or a recreational swim.

Bow River: The Bow River provides a fun escape for water enthusiasts, or just anyone looking to cool off during the warm summer months. The boat launch and river access are located underneath the north side of the Highway 22 bridge.

Cochrane Curling Club: The Cochrane Curling Club, which was established in 1913, is an extremely active organization offering league curling for all ages throughout the October to March season. Ice rentals are available for fun spiels and practice time.

Cochrane Lanes: Bowling is the perfect activity for a date night, a family outing, or just a night out with some friends. Cochrane Lanes takes bookings for corporate or social clubs, and is always a fun idea for a birthday party. Check their website for current hours & rates.

Cochrane Hiking Club: The overall objective of the Cochrane Hiking Program is to support community members in their decision to become more physically active and therefore take more responsibility for their own health. The club has weekly hikes every Tuesday to explore the backcountry trails of Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. Club membership is open to local adults over the age of 18.

Cochrane Ranche Historic Site: The Cochrane Ranche Historic site is the original site of Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane's ranch, established in 1881. The public park is approximately 55 hectares and has a washroom facility, picnic tables, outdoor stage and two fire pits. Groups can book areas for family picnics, weddings, and other events.

Cochrane Toyota Community Centre:  Cochrane Toyota's community room, the Cochrane Toyota Community Centre, is available to Cochrane residents free of charge. The space is over 800 square feet, and comes furnished with couches, lounge chairs, and a 60" HD flat screen TV.

Cowboy Trail:  The Cowboy Trail links Waterton Lakes National Park to Mayerthorpe. Alberta's high country is home to ranches, spectacular scenery, and friendly small towns like Cochrane. Take in a trail ride, cowboy festival or pow-wow. Two-setp the night away at the local dance hall or watch native dancers.

Farmer’s Market: The Cochrane Farmers' Market runs from 9am to 1pm each Saturday, rain or shine, from the beginning of June until the end of September and is located in the parking lot of the Cochrane Ranche Historic Site.

Fire Pits & Picnic Facilities: The Cochrance Ranche Historic Site offers picnic tables, fire pits, washroom facilities and plenty of open space to explore or play games.

Ghost Lake: : Ghost Lake is a glacier-fed lake just 24 kilometres west of Cochrane. There are day-use facilities along with an overnight provincial campground open from May to October. Sport fish found there include lake trout, mountain white fish, lake whitefish and brown trout. The location brings consistent strong winds, which make the lake suitable for sailing and iceboating.

Golf: Cochrane is home to two golf clubs: The Cochrane Golf Club, and Lee Golf Club

Horseshoe Pits: The Cochrane horseshoe pits are located in Glenbow, on the north side of the Rodeo Grounds and ball diamonds.

Library: The Nan Boothby Memorial Library is a public library serving Cochrane and the surrounding community. They are a member of the Marigold Library System and the Alberta Library. Drop by, give them a call at 403-932-4353.

Mitford Park: Mitford Park is a 43-hectares regional park located along the north bank of the Bow River in Cochrane. The park is designed for recreational use and includes a pedestrian/cycling pathway along the Bow River, ball diamonds, soccer field, skate board park, ponds and a washroom building. Mitford Park's major event is Canada Day (July 1) celebration with activities throughout the day and a concert in the evening.

Mitford Pond: is a great place to enjoy winter skating, too. The pond is kept clear of snow throughout the winter, and inspected regularly for safety. Skaters of all ages can enjoy this old-fashioned activity, with one one exception- if there is a thin ice sign displayed, it means that the surface is unsafe and should not be used.

Off-Leash Dog Parks: There are two off-leash parks in Cochrane

  • Along the river between the bridge at the south end of River Ave and the east end of Griffin Road, opposite Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.
  • West of Highway 22, north of George Fox Trail. Dogs can run in the 2.3 acre site accessible by following the pathway under the Highway 22 bridge, north on the red shale pathway (northwest corner of the tree nursery).

Outdoor Rink: The outdoor rink in the East End of maintained by town parks staff so it can be used all winter. The rink is kept accessible to hockey players and pleasure skaters of all ages by following one simple rule: hockey at one end and skating at the other.