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Experience Cochrane

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Cochrane Tourism Association

The friendly staff there will tell you everything you need to know about this cycling hot spot. Sticking to the “wheel” theme, the Cochrane Youth Park features one of the best skate parks in Western Canada. The 1,300 square metre concrete park, beautifully positioned on a hillside overlooking the valley, was professionally designed with plenty of awesome features such as bowls, pools, ramps, walls, rails, and informal seating areas. If skating isn’t your thing, just watching the action is a sport unto itself! No matter if you are hiking, biking, skating, golfing (The Links of Gleneagles is laced with postcard-pretty holes!), or just passing through, a saunter along the streets within the historic downtown should be part of your plan. The westernthemed core is filled with interesting shops, galleries, cafes, saloons, and restaurants. MacKay’s Ice Cream is unquestionably the most popular place to meet downtown. Indeed, after any activity, there is nothing like a delicious ice cream cone at this legendary “cool down” spot. A Cochrane institution since 1948, MacKay’s handmade

ice cream, made with high-quality butterfat cream, is dense and delicious. Although their maple walnut is a real classic, you must try their chocolate, bubble-gum, vanilla, chocolate fudge chunk, strawberry...you get the idea, the choices abound. What’s your favourite? While shopping at the many eclectic downtown shops – such as The Heavenly Outhouse (home decor), Poor David’s (cards and unique gifts), and Vintage Verandah (rustic farmhouse furniture and unique re-purposed items) – is reason enough to visit Cochrane, there are certainly many others! For example, the historic Rockyview Hotel is an ancient wild west enclave, that’s actually the third oldest hotel in Alberta. It tells the story of how Calgarians used to jump on their horse and come to the hotel for a drink. In fact, it was one of the few places where it was actually legal for men and women to sit together in the same room and enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Not surprisingly, the “sinful” activity would lead to singing, dancing, and, well, who knows what else. The wild west had to be populated somehow, I guess. By Andrew Penner

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