Historic Cochrane Ranche Site

ClubHouse renovations

We’re renovating the ClubHouse (up the hill at the Historic Cochrane Ranche site) so we can offer more programs with better accessibility, more often, all year round.

Completion: Fall 2016

Renovations to existing building/land:

  • Outside: insulation, energy-efficient windows, maintenance-free cladding, new roof, maintenance-free deck, and barrier-free access features
  • Inside: new layout to maximize program space, upgraded lighting, new flooring, passenger elevating device, upgraded kitchen appliances, furnace, water tank.
  • Basement: additional storage, expansion for multiple person egress
  • Water supply: upgrade provides potable water as per Alberta Health Service requirements.
  • Garage/shed: removed to maximize parking and facilitate other renovations
  • Landscaping/contouring: improved driveway access from the historic Cochrane Ranche site also accommodates future plans by Alberta Transportation to remove access from Hwy 1A

Special features being added:

  • High-efficient lighting and heating appliances
  • Passenger elevating device
  • Maintenance-free finishes

The renovations also feature original Cochrane brick, manufactured at the brickworks that was once located on the historic Cochrane Ranche site.

Historic Cochrane Ranche Site
The Town of Cochrane’s most notable park is the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site. With its spectacular mountain views, this beautiful public space is the original site of Alberta's first large-scale livestock operation established by Senator Matthew Cochrane in 1881. 

The Ranche has seasonal washroom facilities (May-September), picnic tables, an outdoor stage and three fire pits. Groups require a permit to book areas within the park for gatherings, wedding ceremonies and other events. Park Permits include a $30 (+ GST) administrative fee. The fire pits at the Cochrane Ranche may be reserved by groups of 25 or less. No fee is charged for small group fire pit reservations. Please call 403-851-2535.

Parking is located just east of the intersection of Hwy 1A and Hwy 22.

Tours and other interpretive programs are offered from mid-May to early September. This is also the location of the Cochrane Farmers' Market.

Please use our online form to reserve a fire pit at this beautiful location.
Cochrane Historic Ranche Trail Guide Map