It all started with a vision. When Senator Cochrane sat on his horse overlooking the valley on the hill that is now part of the Cochrane Ranche historic site, he saw potential. Opportunity for a place that first became the largest livestock operation in Alberta.
That ranch sprouted a town that has evolved in many ways. Home to a brick quarry, a thoroughfare for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and even a sawmill. Cochrane is shaped by the past as it looks toward the future. It’s how the west is now.
Maybe it’s the breathtaking scenery that gives the sense that anything is possible. It’s a special feeling, and it translates to an attitude of progress and inspiration. The feeling is hard to describe; it can only be experienced. You’ll feel it when you get here!
Mountains. Prairies. Foothills. A historic main street. The town of Cochrane has it all and then some. If you see a lineup on the main street, you’re in the right place for starting to explore the town that is home to one of Alberta’s most famous ice cream shops – MacKay’s. But that’s just the beginning of what this historic ranching town offers, just 30 minutes from Calgary. From unforgettable melodies at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, paddling adventures on the Bow River or creating your own “Tartan of the Prairies” with Stockmen’s Brand Experience, there are so many things to do and you’ll discover it’s so much more than you expect!! https://cochranetourism.ca/shop-cochrane/business-category/things-to-do/
Need help planning your next roadtrip? The Explore Cochrane Trip Planner is a tool showcasing the hidden gems, adventures, and places to discover! So, what is on your travel wish list? Are you a traveller seeking adventure, art, western culture, family friendly locations, great food, or a fun night out?
Its as simple as 1 – 2 – 3! How does it work?
Create your own custom itinerary by adding activities and businesses of interest listed under the categories Events, Explore, Dine, Shop and if your list is long, even a place to Stay.
- Go to https://cochranetourism.visitwidget.com and click on the “+” button located on each business/activity and it will be added to “My Plan”. (Note – you can create your own account to save your plans and access from everywhere or use the planner in Guest mode)
- Use the filter on the right side of the trip planner to see just the activities that interest you!
- Once you have selected all your favourites, you can rearrange the order under the “My Plan” tab to help navigate your trip by location!
To make your life easy, we created themed itineraries showcasing some the best things to do in and around Cochrane. You can find these under the Tours Icon. These include ½ day, full day or multi day themed trips ready to go!! These itineraries change regularly and update with the seasons, so check back often!!
Throughout the trip planner, you will also find special offers featuring activities or events highlighting unique experiences to the area!
With over 30 independent restaurants and many more familiar favorites, Cochrane is becoming a foodie destination. Culinary offerings that are local and authentic take you on a journey around the world. Tantalize your taste buds with foods created by Italian, Asian, Greek, Indian, Latin and Thai descendants for a delicious multicultural mix. Chefs are partnering with local producers to create amazing farm to fork cuisine, hand crafted delicacies and innovative dining experiences. Along with great food, you can also experience our local Microbrewery, Craft Distillery and Coffee Roastery. Events like “Taste of Cochrane” and “Cochrane Foodfest” are a few ways to experience the local food scene. https://cochranetourism.ca/shop-cochrane/business-category/dining/
For those who appreciate the unexpected, Cochrane is full of pleasant surprises. You will experience the comfortable feel of the Historic Downtown, the hustle and bustle in The Quarry, the culture on East Main as well as the numerous places to shop along Fifth Ave. Boutiques, distilleries, spas, markets, and more are all part of the unique shopping districts in Cochrane. https://cochranetourism.ca/shop-cochrane/business-category/shopping/
Cochranites love festivals, parades and other special events and these folks know how to pay tribute to their roots. Canada Day Community Celebration kicks off Cochrane’s summer events.
The summer calendar includes markets, car show and events at Glenbow Ranch. A must is the Outhouse Races at the end oF August for some good clean fun and a traditional Old Tyme Bench Exhibition.
Mid-August check out the Ag Society’s Cochrane Fair, with Classic Bull riding along with mini-chuckwagon races. It gives new meaning to “fun for the whole family.”
Labour Day weekend is devoted to the Cochrane Lion’s Club Rodeo, where tomorrow’s stars are groomed and ranch families gather to socialize, along with the Labour Day Parade though our Historic Downtown.
Elevate wellness weekend rounds out the fall, and the year ends with Christmas Markets and a New Year’s Celebration.
Find out what is happening around town by visiting https://cochranetourism.ca/cochrane-events/.
With so much to see and do, you might want to stick around for a few days. The Super 8 by Wyndham, is cozy and clean with large family suites, comfortable kitchenettes, and the best customer service! With hotels on the west side, B&B’s throughout town, campgrounds located on the river and on the outskirts, retreats and historic sites, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget. https://cochranetourism.ca/shop-cochrane/business-category/staying/
Cochrane, a small town with a big feeling in the heart of a stunning valley. It’s a feeling you have to experience to understand…. It’s both unexplainable and unmistakable. Whether you are making a quick stop or staying for a while, you’re welcome in Cochrane.