Things to Do
The Town of Cochrane has closed facilities to the public to extend virus protection for staff and the community. Playgrounds, sports fields, courts and the skate park are closed. Town pathways and other open spaces remain open. Please follow physical distancing guidelines.
Recreational Parks, Facilities & Clubs
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. View the Bow River Map.
Clubs & Associations
Cochrane has a wide variety of teams, clubs and associations for all ages and interests.
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. View the Cochrane Hiking Club schedule.
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. View the ranche map.
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.
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-step the night away at the local dance hall or watch native dancers.
The Cochrane Farmers' Market runs from 9 am to 1 pm 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.
The Cochrane Ranche Historic Site offers picnic tables, fire pits (please bring your own firewood), washroom facilities and plenty of open space to explore or play games. View the Fire Pits and Picnic Facilities Map.
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 whitefish, lake whitefish and brown trout. The location brings consistent strong winds, which make the lake suitable for sailing and iceboating.
The Cochrane Public Library serves 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 is a 43-hectare 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, skateboard park, ponds and a washroom building. Mitford Park's major event is our Canada Day (July 1) celebration with activities throughout the day and a concert in the evening. Learn more about Cochrane's parks and facilities.
During the summer Mitford Pond is stocked with trout for fishing in partnership with Trout Unlimited, Jumping Pound Chapter (children under 14 can keep what they catch; everyone else must catch and release). In winter the pond is maintained for ice skating. Ice fishing is prohibited.
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 only one exception - if there is a Thin Ice sign displayed, it means that the surface is unsafe and should not be used.
For information on the status of the ice on Mitford Pond please call our 24-hour line at 403-851-2552. Learn more about Cochrane's parks and facilities.
There are four off-leash areas in Cochrane (view map):
Dedicated dog parks (fully enclosed):
- In West Valley, west of Hwy 22 between Quigley Drive and West Rock Rd (all dogs). Parking available beside the Zero Gravity Skate Park.
- In West Valley, south of West Rock Rd along Hwy 22 (puppies and small dogs). Parking available beside the Zero Gravity Skate Park.
- West of Highway 22, north of George Fox Trail. Dogs must be on leash along the pathway to get to the site (go under the Hwy 22 bridge and north on the red shale pathway), but can run in the 2.3 acre fenced site in the northwest corner of the tree nursery.
- Dogs can be off leash on the pathway along the river between the bridge at the south end of River Avenue all the way to the east end of Griffin Road, opposite Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.
Important: “off leash” does not mean out of control; your dog must be within sight, come when you call, and not interfere with any other person or dog.
The Tim Bannister Memorial outdoor rink in the East End is 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.
Novice skaters don’t want to be in the way of your game-winning breakaway, and hockey players don’t want to trip over kids just learning how to stay upright. And when you’re using the rink, please remember to close the rink door to protect onlookers from flying pucks.
You can find out about skating conditions on the 24-hour information line at 403-851-2552. View the Outdoor Rink Map.
The Capture the Flag outdoor field is located on 44 hectares of wilderness, just outside of Cochrane. The area is divided up into 12 plus playing fields that feature a variety of terrain from dense forest to open hills. Most of the playing fields include obstacles such as buildings, towers, buses and old cars. All group sizes are welcome.
The Western Rocky View Parent Link Centre has a terrific play room filled with toys, sensory tables, puppets, crafts and more! We offer child development play programs, information and referral, parent education and family support services.
Cochrane proudly maintains approximately nine percent of its land as parks and open spaces. The Town has 24 playgrounds and two off-leash parks. View the location of all of the local parks.
Cochrane has two accessible playgrounds:
- Centennial Park (18 on the map): ramps and other play features
- West McDougal (25 on the map): Liberty swing (requires some instruction; call 403-851-2590 to arrange for the key)
Residents and visitors alike can enjoy over 50 kilometres of paved or red shale pathway, including a scenic stretch that runs along the north side of the Bow River. View the Parks and Pathways Map.
Nakiska features some of the best cruising and carving trails in the Rockies. A great resort to learn skiing and snowboarding with wide-open runs groomed to perfection. As the closest ski resort to Calgary (57 kilometres from Cochrane), it is a family favourite not only because of the short drive, but also because of easy on-mountain navigation and a variety of terrain suitable for all levels.
The Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre facility is home to Cochrane's Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre, Fireside of Cochrane Fitnes Centre, curling rinks, hockey rinks, indoor turf, full gym and a running track. Activities on site include swimming, hockey, figure skating, ringette, inline and floor hockey, soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, badminton, volleyball, running/walking, gymnastics and a fitness centre. Drop-in activities in the pool, gym, on the turf, and on the ice.
Cochrane’sfeatures a 427 square meter plaza and modern bowl unit set into a pristine hillside setting overlooking the river valley. The park’s unique shape, concrete feature detailing, rock work and informal seating areas have made it a highlight on the western Canadian skate park network.
The park's exact location is at the intersection of Westrock Road and Highway 22 and is open year-round for bikes and skateboards. Lights allow for evening use; to balance use with safety and energy consumption, lights are on timers:
- April 1 - October 31: lights on from dusk until 10 pm
- November 1 - March 31: lights off during the winter