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That feeling of discovering something new… maybe for you that ‘something new’ is a new sight, a new taste, new people,
or a new activity. Living in Cochrane gives you the opportunity to do this daily.

Cochrane is, in fact, a destination for those seeking a life filled with adventure and excitement alongside the comfort
and familiarity that comes with small town living. Living here truly is a magical, because there’s something here for everyone, in all seasons of the year.

Aerobic Class in Pool
Watching the Rodeo
Golf Putt
Motocross Riders


There are many outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy - from simple and enjoyable things like a walk by the river, or a stroll to the town or rec centre, to getting up close and personal to literal wolves at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.

For the family, try taking them to the rec center, or to the renowned MacKay’s ice cream in town. If you’re interested in fitness and sports, you’ll find that Cochrane offers unparalleled activities, including a BMX track and climbing centre as well as team and individual sports for all ages.  

The local golf course is listed in Alberta’s top ten. Also, paddle boarding and rafting on the river are unique and exciting ways to stay cool during the hot summers, or go swimming and boating in Ghost Lake, which is just 20 minutes west of Cochrane.

Other fun ways to enjoy the warm season are camping and hiking, both of which are available nearby. With public land, backcountry, and serviced recreation areas to choose from, you can plan the exact excursion you’ve been dreaming of.


Living in Alberta, residents don’t let cold weather slow them down even a little. Winter activities can include tobogganing, birdwatching, and outdoor skating/hockey at Mitford Pond. The indoor facilities at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre are another great option to stay active all year.

Of course, we can’t mention the mountains enough. There are very few places in the world with such amazing mountain ranges so close by. There are ski areas for every skill level, as well as winter hiking and snowshoe trails. Alpine townsites like Banff that attract visitors from around the world to see the natural beauty of Canada’s Rocky Mountains.


Cochrane has an amazing local restaurant scene. There is everything from casual café to rustic pub, to fine dining. Local artist showcases and live music are a huge part of the culture here, too, and you can often find events at favourite eateries in the area.

Cochrane is just off the Cowboy Trail and surrounded by farmland. There is a distinctly western flair to the atmosphere when you live here. Rodeos, horseback riding, and other traditional country activities and festivals are prevalent. In summer, the Calgary Stampede attracts world-wide crowds as well.


Cochrane’s history includes many sites that are still active today. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is open to the public, and also offers online tours complete with indigenous history and lore about the unique flora and fauna in the area.

The Cochrane RancheHouse also has walking paths that lead to the infamous Grandfather Tree, and is an upscale rustic event venue popular for weddings and corporate events. Next door, the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation is a library archive and heritage museum.

Nearby, the Chiniki Cultural Centre is another interesting educational experience that looks at the local First Nations history, culture, art, and food.

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