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Experience Cochrane

Photos Courtesy of Town of Cochrane and Jo-Anne Oucharek

Ask any true Albertan, our “western” ways are a major part of our collective DNA. From rodeos and Rockies to horses and cattle-peppered hills, “the west” is who, and what, we are. The town of Cochrane, perhaps better than any other community in Alberta, represents our western ways and heritage. Located just half an hour northwest of Calgary on the Cowboy Trail, Cochrane (pop. 25,853) is a charming community with plenty of appeal: rodeos, festivals, street markets, beautiful parks, riverside paths, and a historic downtown core teeming with eclectic shops and art galleries celebrating “the west”. Cochrane has something for everyone.

Not surprisingly, Cochrane has a rich ranching history. The Historic Cochrane Ranche Site, located near the intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 1A, was the site of Alberta’s first large scale livestock operation. Founded in 1881, the idyllic setting of this ranch is still enjoyed by thousands each year. The ranch is a 55-hectare (136-acre) public park with picnic tables, fire pits, walking trails, and an outdoor stage that has been the site of numerous events. While the pristine natural setting of the ranch is obviously one of its main draws, it’s also home to historic buildings, a museum with numerous displays and artifacts, an indoor theatre, corporate meeting space, as well as the town’s administrative offices.

FEEL THE CHARACTER Set less than an hour from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis Provincial and Banff National Parks, Cochrane is the perfect place to explore and rest your head away from the crowds. Easily accessible via the 1A Highway and Highway 22 (The Cowboy Trail), take a detour and experience the character of Cochrane.

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