Cochrane is a town of 26,000 people (2016) in the Calgary Region of Alberta.
The town is a popular destination for ice cream and coffee in its quaint western-oriented stores, and for windsports, golfing, hiking and other adventure activities. Cochrane is known for outdoor pursuits. It is a centre for paragliding instruction. The hill is a popular training ground for cyclists from the area, who take advantage of its 7% grade and 3.5 km distance.
Major industries include lumber, construction, retail, and agriculture (ranching).
HistoryCochrane was established in 1881 as the Cochrane Ranche, after Matthew Henry Cochrane, a local rancher. It became a village in 1903, and it had a newspaper and volunteer fire department by 1909. Cochrane was incorporated as a town in 1971.
Cochrane is northwest of Calgary on Highway 1A where it crosses Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail).
phone: +1 403 932-3782address: 101 Ranchehouse RoadOver 13,000 books related to western culture from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, including a complete collection of Brand Books for Alberta from 1888 to present, and some from the other provinces. 6,000 magazines on such areas as ranching, rodeo, horsemanship, veterinary science, history, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Cochrane WinterFestEarly March. Activities include Crokicurl, pancake breakfast, Extreme Cowboy demonstrations, pony rides, axe throwing, ski jump demonstration.
phone: +1 403-851-0562address: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site parking lotThe town of Cochrane is roughly 30 minutes west of Calgary via Crowchild Trail (Hwy 1A) or 16th Ave NW (Hwy 1, Trans-Canada Hwy).
phone: +1 403-932-2455address: 220 1 St WThe reason that Calgarians visit Cochrane. of great flavours of locally made ice cream, e.g., dill pickle, ginger with candied ginger, spotted cow, sticky toffee pudding, mayan chocolate, wasabi. Since 1948.
phone: +1 403-851-9955address: 6-201 Grand BlvdSpecialty coffee, full meals, freshly baked bread, soups and sandwiches.
phone: +1 403-932-1777address: 18-205 1 Street EItalian cuisine; reservations recommended.
phone: +1 403-362-3622address: 2101-101 Sunset DrivePub serving only hand-crafted Alberta beers paired with innovative, locally sourced and seasonally focused food.
phone: +1 403-932-6666address: 304 1st Street W180 person Bar features 3 Pool tables, 4 Dart boards, 9 VLT's, 10 big screen T.V's, Stage & Dance floor, Karaoke Nights and live Entertainment or All Request D.J. on weekends.
Bed & breakfast
phone: +1 587-432-4096address: 217 Baird AvenueA tiny house accommodation in in a large backyard that has been designed for privacy. Kitchenette, parking. No pets or smoking.
phone: +1 403-932-4675address: 900 Griffin Rd EApril-October. Along the banks of the Bow River in Cochrane. Next to the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Center. Each site at Bow RiversEdge has full hook-up facilities including water, sewer, power, and Internet.
Hotels & motels
phone: +1 403-932-7900address: 3 West Side Drive
phone: +1 403-932-5588address: 5 Westside DriveFree high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Free continental breakfast, laundry facilities, and free parking with large-vehicle spaces. Gym and heated indoor pool.
phone: +1 403-932-6355address: 10 Westside Drive
phone: +1 403-932-6666address: 304 1st Street WThe Rockyview Hotel & Saloon revels in its Wild West past and so will you when you visit the more than 100-year-old establishment on Cochrane’s main street.
phone: +1 403-932-1410address: 11 Westside Drive
Big Hill Springs Provincial ParkDay use area featuring a series of small waterfalls and hiking.
Ghost LakeSmall reservoir along the Bow River, popular spot for sailing, iceboating, and ice fishing.