Newcomers / Moving Here

Cochrane is the kind of place where you can get to know your neighbours by chatting over the back fence or going for a walk — shop locally and get to know the businesses too.

Browse these pages for links and resources for you and your family, whether you’re looking for recycling options, ideas for kids activities or information about the Town Council, we’ve tried to cover everything you want to know.

Town of Cochrane

History and Growth

With over a century of history, Cochrane has always been a desirable location to put down roots. Although much has changed since the days of the original CP Rail Station, stone quarry and brick plants, the entrepreneurial spirit and handshake hospitality of Cochrane remains true to its western heritage.

Despite recent growth, Cochrane is committed to sustaining the friendly, small-town charm that has made it a community of choice for many families and professionals relocating in or to the Calgary region. Check out just a few of the many reasons why you will love the Town of Cochrane!


Cochrane is located just 35 minutes northwest of downtown Calgary at the junction of Highway1A and Highway 22.

Cochrane has immediate access to Highway 22 (north/south) and Highway 1A (east/west). Calgary airport is a 25-minute drive, and Banff is a scenic 75-minute drive west on Highway 1A or Highway 1.


Residential development

Primarily new housing developments with some older, established residential neighbourhoods closer to the downtown core. There are still acreages and ranches just outside of town.

Looking to buy a home? Go to our online business directory and use the term "real estate" to search for local realtors.

Residential development

Amenities & Services

National brand name grocery stores, hardware retailers and restaurant chains combine with trendy eateries and boutiques in a Western heritage setting. Cochrane is also a wired community for technology enthusiasts and home to the best ice cream in Alberta.

First-rate schools, recreational facilities and modern infrastructure will meet the community’s needs for many years to come.



Cochrane has natural resource industries and a growing technology and knowledge industry sector, led by world-renowned Dynastream Innovations.

Cochrane is also home to a thriving arts community and retail and commercial sector that offers all the products and services you would expect in a much larger centre.

If you're thinking of moving your business to Cochrane, the resources in our Cochrane Business Centre will help. Cochrane's Economic Development can also help you identify opportunities and services. 


What to Expect

Expect hospitality and friendly smiles from residents and business owners alike. Residents maintain a strong sense of community and an appreciation of the natural beauty that graces Cochrane.

Western heritage charm of First Street and downtown area and the magnificent views of the Foothills and Rocky Mountains from just about anywhere in town. Cochrane combines modern physical and technological infrastructure, small town ambiance and an incredible natural setting to create an unparalleled experience.

Adventure seekers will find endless opportunity in this outdoor paradise, from hang gliding to rafting, hiking and horseback riding (with real cowboys). Those seeking peace and serenity will enjoy the magnificent vistas, incredible sunsets, walks along the Bow River and intimate conversations in Cochrane’s eclectic coffee shops.