Parks & Pathways
Cochrane’s pathways and public sidewalk system measures nearly 70+ kilometres, ensuring connectivity through several areas of town. Locate your favourite path, or discover a new one, on the Town’s Pathways Interactive Map. The map includes layers to see current and future paths, as well as pathway surfaces (asphalt, gravel, etc.), to help you determine how accessible the path is for your mobility.
Asphalt pathways in Town are cleared of snow during the winter; shale pathways are not maintained over the winter.
Historic Cochrane Ranche Site
The Historic Cochrane Ranche site — located on Highway 1A, just east of Highway 22 — is the original site of Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane’s ranch, established in 1881. The public park is approximately 136 acres and has seasonal washrooms, picnic tables, an outdoor stage and three fire pits (first come, first serve). Groups can book areas for family picnics, wedding ceremonies and other events. For booking inquiries, please call 403-851-2535.
Mitford Park is a 34-hectare regional park located along the north bank of the Bow River. The park includes an outdoor covered stage, pedestrian/cycling pathway along the Bow River, ball diamonds, a soccer/rugby field, skateboard facility, ponds and a seasonal washroom. The major event here is the Canada Day concert (July 1). Mitford Park is located at 201 West Rock Rd.
Off-Leash Areas and Parks
Cochrane has five dog off-leash areas, two are small dog/puppy parks:
- Along the river between the bridge at the south end of River Avenue and the east end of Griffin Road, opposite Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Parking available at the south end of River Avenue and opposite SLS Sport Centre.
- Under the Bow River bridge, just west of Highway 22. Parking is available at River Front Park, access from Griffin Rd. Walk west under the bridge, dogs must be leashed until you reach the off-leash area. There is also an enclosed dog park in this space.
- West side of Highway 22 between Quigley Drive and West Rock Road
- South of West Rock Road along Highway 22, Puppy and Small dogs Only.
- North end of Heritage Vista, Puppy and Small dogs.
Note: It is the dog owners responsibility to carry dog poop bags and dogs are required to be under control while in the off-leash areas.
Fishing: Mitford Pond
Mitford Pond is stocked annually with trout for fishing in partnership with the Alberta Conservation Association and is a favourite with kids. Anglers 13 years old and younger are allowed to use bait and keep one trout per day. All other anglers 14 years and older, must release their catch and use single barbless hooks on their lures or flies, absolutely no bait. A license is required by any person 16 or over. There is no night or ice fishing permitted.
Memorial/Dedication Benches & Picnic Tables
If you would like to honour a loved one, family or group with a bench or picnic table in a Town park, you can purchase a piece of park furniture and have it installed by Town of Cochrane Parks staff, complete with bronze plaque. Find out more or apply.
As soon as the colder weather permits Parks staff actively work on establishing the two outdoor skating areas. Both are maintained for ice skating as long as the weather allows. Lights are on nightly until 10:00pm. Please call the Facility Status Line for the current status of the ice (24-hour information line): 403-851-2552.
- The Tim Bannister Memorial Outdoor Rink, 324 Ross Ave
- Mitford Pond, 201 West Rock Rd; access by the parking lot at the west end of West Rock Rd. The pathway through Mitford Park is connected to the 70+km Town pathway system.