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Community Feature

6 | Steady as she grows Cochrane on course for continued population growth Cover Feature

8 | Step up in style Stepper Custom Homes brings stylish affordability to laned homes in Cochrane


developer Feature

10 | Yearning for Heartland Apex Development’s new community draws modern homesteaders builder Features

12 | The right chord in Riversong Innovations by Jayman is in tune with homebuyer’s needs

14 | Igniting Fireside Take ad-VANTAGE of this month’s Grand Opening

22 | Happy trails Homes by Avi buyers stake their claim in Sunset Ridge

26 | The Rise of Riversong


04 | Note from the Editor 05 | Mayor’s message 28 | Events 31 | Town of Cochrane map

Jayman Modus’ latest brings sophisticated townhome style to Riversong community People

16 | Faces of Cochrane


culture & history

18 | Cochrane’s statues Visions of the past in the West of Now you said it

30 | What kind of pets do you have?

24 | The Jayman advantage Jayman BUILT has Cochrane covered COchrane living

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note from the editor


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The steady rise of a new Cochrane Cochrane’s identity had always been pegged on its Western heritage, the

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legacy of a pioneering past. But with the influx of new residents, and a growth that hasn’t been slowed down by the oil slump, that identity may be changing. In fact, the town has adopted a new slogan: How the West is Now.

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A play on the old “How the West Was

Dave Macaulay

Won” trope, pretty catchy and it works

and captures the essence of the town

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embracing its future.

Our feature writer, Aaliya Essa, looks

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into the reasons for the town’s

Aaliya Essa, Anne Gafiuk Don Molyneaux, Kiki Streets

continued growth in her community profile piece. She says the population

p hoto g r a p hy

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growth continues to rise, jumping 11.5 per cent last year. No wonder new

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communities seem to sprout in

A dv e r t i s i ng SALES

Cochrane with each season.

Andrea Glowatsky

It seems that all the home builders and developers we talked to in this

summer issue of Cochrane Living find the town to be a picture-perfect

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community with unmatched views and a place where families can raise

their kids and set down roots. From the hillside beauty of Heritage Hills

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— where our cover feature on laned homes by Stepper Custom Homes is

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located — to the riverside community of Riversong, Cochrane does bring out V O L u m e 5 I S S UE 9

a love for nature and its spectacular views. We get to explore the town further as Anne Gafiuk takes us on a stroll telling us the story behind Cochrane’s unique public art — its statues. We also feature the Faces of Cochrane — a photo collage of attendees to the recent Cochrane Trade Show hosted by the Cochrane Chamber of Commerce. But our main focus remains to be getting the word out on the various new homes and communities going up all over town. We have stories on seven of the most prominent home builders and land developers involved in the growth of Cochrane in these pages, Jayman BUILT with three of its four home building divisions are featured prominently within, as are Apex Developments, Homes by Avi, Calbridge Homes and Stepper Custom Homes. So, if you’re new in town or are looking into moving here, pick up this quarterly publication to find out what’s going on in town. Let us be your

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message from the mayor


to another Cochrane summer! This is a great time to enjoy all

the natural amenities and organized activities that our area has to offer. There are lots of great social, cultural and arts events here in the summer, including the Farmers’ Market Saturday mornings in the Historic Cochrane Ranche site, a day full of fun July 1 for Canada Day — pancake breakfast at the Legion, SummerFest and Cochrane’s 16th annual Canada Day Family Festival and outdoor concert — as well as programs and activities at nearby Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Cochrane and District Ag Society . The end of summer is marked in Cochrane with the annual Lions Rodeo and Labour Day parade. Look for links to more information and the organizations that present these events on Summer is also a busy time for Town staff in our public spaces and on local roads. They’re doing maintenance work to ensure our parks, pathways, open spaces and roads are ready for all the summer activity. Remember to obey traffic signals and stay clear of staff while they’re working, for their safety and yours. But give them a wave — Town staff work hard all year to serve our community. Be mindful of your water use in Cochrane during the hot, dry months. We work very hard to encourage responsible water use, including our year-round time of day watering restrictions when watering outside is allowed between 5 – 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. ONLY. Let’s work together for the future of water in our community. Work is progressing on Cochrane’s new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Watch the progress on this $45-million facility or contribute to the building campaign at Council members are active in the community in the summer, but we take a break from Council meetings: we meet once in July (Monday July 13) and once in August (Monday August 10), unlike the rest of the year when we meet twice each month. The public is always welcome to come to Council meetings and watch how issues are discussed and how decisions are made. Wishing you an active and safe summer,

Mayor Ivan Brooker On behalf of Town Council and staff 

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Steady grows

of housing types, anyone who wants to live in Cochrane is sure to find a home that just right for them.”

New Homes

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Cochrane on course for continued population growth

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Sunset Ridge


ith its blend of authentic western heritage and modern amenities, just minutes from Kananaskis and with views of the Bow River and Rocky Mountains, the Town of Cochrane is truly like no other. Throw in an ever-increasing variety of new housing options and you’ve got the makings of a great little community. Which makes it easy to understand why so many new residents and businesses are flocking here year after year. “The population grew by 11.5 per cent from last year, as it was 20,708 in 2014,” says Laurie Drukier, Senior Communications Advisor for the Town of Cochrane. “We’re now sitting at 23,084.” In fact, Cochrane’s charms continue to shine right through the current economic slowdown in Alberta, as the town expands consistently, maintaining a healthy balance between housing, infrastructure and amenities, and green space. “I believe Cochrane will continue to be a community of choice for many reasons,” says Mayor Ivan Brooker. “We enjoy a beautiful setting along the Bow River, and we have many new businesses coming to town, making it that much more convenient for shoppers. Our new Aquatic and Curling/Multi-sport Centre is coming along nicely, and is slated to open in the spring of 2017. “Lastly,” he says, “because of all the great builders and choices

The local new home market has certainly not skipped a beat, with single-family starts totalling 233 year-to-date, according to the Town of Cochrane Safety Permits & Building Activity Monthly Report for May 2015, which is actually a modest 3.6 per cent increase from last year ( View/1510). There have been 211 starts for accessory suites, duplex units, and multi-family units. When compared to last years numbers to date there were 242 starts, so this year is trailing not to far behind, and there is still time to surpass last years figures. One decent-sized project is all it takes. In 2014 there were a total of 969 starts, with 546 starts for single-family homes, nine starts for suites, 130 starts for duplexes, and 284 starts for multi-family units. In comparison to those closing numbers for 2014, 2015 would seem to be off to a pretty good start. Finding a new home in Cochrane, whether it’s a single-family, duplex, or multi-family home is possible in several different communities, each with its own appeal to a wide range of homebuyers’ needs. New developments on the north, south, and west ends of town, plus in the river valley, all feature an excellent selection of both builders and home styles. New communities include Sunset Ridge, Fireside, Heartland, Riversong, and Willows of River Heights.

Re-sale homes

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Of course there are many re-sale options available in Cochrane too, though this year’s figures trail slightly from last year’s numbers. According to Jeff Simmons, Research Analyst with the Calgary Real Estate Board, there were 66 sales in Cochrane in May this year, down from 75 sales in May of 2014. In addition, 101 new listings came on stream in May 2015. In 2014, a total of 482 single-family homes sold in Cochrane for an average price of $503,679, he says, and there were 177 attached home sales for an average sale price of $360,782. COchrane living

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Presently, the average price for a single-family home is $543,655, an attached home is $386,832, and an average price for an apartment suite is $263,171.

Infrastructure & amenities As Cochrane continues to grow, so does its commercial business sector, with new companies constantly migrating over it’s now possible to buy just about everything you could ever need right here in town. “For example,” says Mayor Brooker, “the Quarry business development downtown. For years we had the vacant land, that was close to about 40 acres, so we now have our Walmart, and SaveOn-Foods, and it has continued to just boom. In the last year we got a Sport-Chek, Marks Work Warehouse, a Dollarama, a Staples… there have been many, many businesses coming to town.” And, with more new businesses currently going through the development application process,

Other projects that will have a big impact on the community include the new pool and

curling facility be located near the existing Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre along the Bow River. residents here can be assured of having a variety of shops, restaurants, and even big box stores at their disposal. Other projects that will have a big impact on the community include the new pool and curling facility be located near the existing Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre along the Bow River. This new facility will be 130,000 square-feet, and will include a 25-metre lap pool, a wave pool, hot tub, and an outdoor splash park. Plus, perhaps just as importantly, all this business and infrastructure growth will be beneficial for employment opportunities as well, making it more possible than ever for residents to live, work and play right here in Cochrane.  n

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Stepper homes

Step up in style Stepper Custom Homes brings stylish affordability to laned homes n  By

Pepper Rodriguez


ired of feeling cooped up in your cramped condo? Getting tired of rising rents? Who would have thought hassle-free home living is even possible these days? But in Cochrane’s Heritage Hills, the kind of carefree single-family lifestyle is readily available with Stepper Custom Homes’ line of laned homes. Stepper’s five laned home models in this northwest Cochrane community offer an economical and style advantage. This is where singles, young families and downsizers can still find the freedom of owning their own stylish and affordable home. Area manager Maureen Harrison says their laned homes are doing very well in this picturesque Cochrane community. “We only have one spec home left in the current phase of Heritage Hills that’s ready for move-in this fall,” she says. “We have more lots for presale in the new phase, including laned homes on walk-out lots, which a lot of people are looking forward to,” she adds. The curbside charms of a laned home fit perfectly with the warm, friendly family-oriented character of the Heritage Hills community. The front porches and big front windows taking the place of an attached garage certainly bring a sense of welcome and warmth. The Viewpoint show home is a 1,640-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home. It is one of Stepper’s bestsellers in the community, and the affordable price point is only one of the reasons for its popularity. The Viewpoint starts at $370,500, which is about $60,000 less than what a similar home would cost in Calgary, Harrison says. “You get the freedom of your own home and all the common must-haves of today’s homes like spacious pantry, and a full second floor laundry room. And you get to enjoy all these in one of Cochrane’s prettiest hillside communities.” Stepper Custom Homes’ ingenuity in making the best possible floor plan also comes through in the Viewpoint, which has five other design options than what is presented in the show home. One thing that is a constant is the box office feature by the stairs on the main floor. “It’s a handy feature where people can set up a home COchrane living

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office to do the bills, or where parents can keep any eye on the kids while they do their homework,” Harrison points out. The open concept design of the main floor also has a lot of natural light from the big windows in the front and back of the home. “Those big windows by the kitchen sink at the back of the home are one of the most popular features for this model. It comes as a standard.” For a limited time, Stepper Custom Homes is offering a value added package for their laned homes in Heritage Hills, which includes: hardwood in main floor carpet areas; granite countertops and undermount sinks in the kitchen main bath and ensuite, rough-in plumbing in the basement, and tile flooring in all areas that would usually

“Heritage Hills offers some of the best

views in Cochrane

and you know those views aren’t going to change.”

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have lino. “It really adds a lot of great extras to the homes with no additional cost,” Harrison says. Undoubtedly, however, it is the show home’s location on a hillside — overlooking the town of Cochrane, and the western foothills and mountains — that is its biggest advantage. “Heritage Hills offers some of the best views in Cochrane and you know those views aren’t going to change,” Harrison says. “Heritage Hills is also one of the best situated communities in Cochrane. We are very centrally located in town, nearer to downtown Cochrane than any of the other new communities,” she adds.  ”There is a future school site in the community so there is a lot more potential for the future of the community.” Stepper’s laned homes here start at $333,700 including lot and GST. They also offer double attached garage bungalows from $437,900, and two-storey double attached garage homes from $446,800. Their Horizon show home features a three-car tandem front-attached garage, and is located just across the street. “People really like the kind of family-friendly homes we offer here in Heritage Hills. They like the accessibility it offers. Because the community is right off Highway 1A, you can get to Calgary that much quicker, but still be surrounded by natural beauty,” Harrison says.  n

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Yearning for Heartland Apex Development’s new community draws modern homesteaders n  By

Aaliya Essa


he Alberta foothills have long been referred to as the heartland of cowboy country, where ranchers and their families have made their homes for generations. And it’s within this authentic Western setting that Heartland community offers residents a home-sweet-home on the west side of Cochrane — with a variety of homes styles to choose from, and an abundance of natural green space throughout the neighbourhood for families to enjoy together. Because when it comes to green space, size matters. “Heartland is a 250 acre community,” says Susan Henderson, Senior Development Manager for Apex. “When it is complete it will have approximately 1,500 homes that are a mix of single-family, duplex and freehold townhomes. There are also six multi-family sites, a local commercial site, lots of parks and a great pathway system to get around the community safely. “Heartland offers such a wide selection of product that it’s able to welcome first time buyers, empty nesters, and move-ups,” she adds. Excel Homes, the home-building arm of Apex, has been the exclusive single-family builder in the first phases of Heartland, giving the developer and builder combination the opportunity to tailor the community to their buyers wants and needs. Now, they are being joined by Innovations by Jayman in Phase 2. “They will be opening a new single-family show home parade early fall 2015,” Henderson says. Currently, there are four new show homes on display by Excel Homes,

all offering exceptional value, says Cathey Tracey, senior sales manager for Excel Homes. The Edendale model includes three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a large bonus room over the garage. This home is 1,918 square-feet and is priced to start at around $406,610. The Radison is 2,046 square-feet, starts from around $428,870, and includes three-bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. There is a tandem car garage option, which could be substituted for a main floor den. Livingston is 2,242 square-feet and starts from around $415,514. This show home is very open, there is an office off the kitchen, and the bonus room is located at the rear of the home. The Aiden is the largest, with four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, with an upgrade option of a third full bathroom. This home is a spacious 2,534 square-feet and starts at a very reasonable $460,034 before upgrades. All pricing includes home, lot, and GST. “Excel also just opened three new townhome show homes, which showcase the Brooklyn, 1,536 square-feet.; Ashford, 1,472 square-feet; and Madison 1,267 square-feet,” says Henderson. All models are two-storey with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and rear concrete parking pads with the option to build a garage,” she adds.  “Prices start at a modest $310,000 including townhouse, lot & GST — plus, these townhomes are freehold, which means there are no condo fees. It’s a great bonus for buyers,” says Henderson.  n

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builder feature


The right chord in Riversong Innovations by Jayman is in tune with homebuyer’s needs n  By

Kiki Streets


iversong is a vibrant community located in the rolling hills of southern Cochrane, built just above the Bow River Valley and nestled in the natural environment off of Highway 22. Offering quick access to Calgary, Riversong is also close to various amenities like schools, playgrounds, recreation facilities, restaurants and grocery stores. Riversong is full of recreational pathways, including one that takes you across the Bow River to the popular Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre, which will also be home to the Jayman Aquatic centre, currently set to open in 2016. “Rising from the Bow River valley, Riversong offers picturesque views of the river, woodlands and mountains,” says Ian Serpanchy, Marketing Coordinator, Innovations by Jayman. “Step away from the frenzy of the city and come home to an Innovations by Jayman creation, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.” Just a stone’s throw away from the charm of downtown Cochrane, this community is designed to infuse some much-needed serenity into homebuyers lives, while maintaining a luxurious, high-end appeal. The perfect community for active commuters, families and couples—Riversong has something for everyone. Innovations by Jayman

is offering its final phase in the community with single front, semi-detached and townhomes available. “Our single- and double-front driveway homes with attached garages are available in seven home styles in including the Azul, Coda, Exud, Inspire, Nitro, Nuvis and Unite,” says Serpanchy. “And our semi-attached models are available in nine home styles.” Semi-attached homes are available in the following models—Equinox, Horizon, Motiv, Nova, Pulsar, Sirus, Solstice, Sync and Vita—spoiling homebuyers for choice. Innovations by Jayman’s townhomes start at 1,449 square-feet, and there are only a few left with prices from $329,900. Semi-detached and front-attached garage homes start from the $330,000s and the $400,000s, respectively. Handpicked interior design options really elevate the spaces, allowing homebuyers to customize their homes with elegance and pride. Top-of-the-line brands, gold key warranty service, green building practices, and state of the art technology are included with every Innovations by Jayman home, they’re all part of how Jayman does business, every day. The Sales Center is located at 586 and 590 River Heights Crescent in Cochrane. Showhome hours are Monday through Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., closed Fridays and weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.  n

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CAlbridge Homes

Igniting Fireside Take ad-VANTAGE of this month’s Grand Opening n  By

Kiki Streets


ust a 15-minute drive from Calgary and the majestic Kananaskis Country, the temperature’s rising in the community of Fireside in Cochrane. Spanning nearly 300 acres with more than 30 acres of lush land devoted to natural park spaces, two wetlands, walking and biking pathways — Cochrane’s Fireside community is more than just a place to call home. “The development of the green spaces really compliments the community of Fireside,” says Dan Hippe, Director of Marketing, Calbridge Homes. Calbridge Homes is one of four builders in Fireside and with over 37 years experience in the industry, the builder is delighted to extend their offerings in the community, to include the Vantage Fireside Townhome series. “Our mantra is ‘Right Size, Right Fit’ and it’s this philosophy that we are proud to bring to our customers with the introduction of Vantage Fireside Townhomes,” adds Hippe. Calbridge Homes released Vantage Fireside Townhomes in response to demand from the community and potential homebuyers in the neighbourhood. The Vantage series has been exceptionally popular in Evansridge, Calgary and the builder anticipates the additional

phases will sell just as quickly as the first did in Cochrane. With three models available, the Aspen, Columbia and Rundle are all designed to suit the needs of prospective homebuyers. Each model is equipped with a double attached garage. From 1,119 to 1,486 squarefeet and prices start from the $279,000s and peak at the $379,000s. All models are available with the choice of upper level side-byside master suites, or one master bedroom with two additional bedrooms. And all of the models are equipped with two-and-ahalf bathrooms. Vantage Fireside residents can take occupancy as early as this fall, and Hippe says Vantage will have a grand opening on August 22. In addition to the Vantage product, Calbridge offers a gamut of other home options in Fireside including side-by-side, single-family and villa homes. But communities are more than just a collection of homes, and Calbridge is proud in helping to build the bonds between neighbours. They will be participating in Fireside’s 3rd Annual Stampede Barbeque on July 5th, which coincides with the unveiling of their three new single-family show homes in Fireside. For more information on Calbridge’s range of products, visitors can check out the Sales and Experience Center, open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sunday & Holiday Mondays from noon to 5 p.m. and closed Fridays. The Sales and Experience Center is located at 3 Fireside Gate in Cochrane.  n

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Faces of Cochrane HUNDREDS OF VISITORS dropped by the Cochrane Living booth at the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce 2015 Cochrane Trade Show may 2 and 3 to have their own magazine photo shoot. people are able to access the photos online via a special Qr code or web link. Thanks to everyone for being such good sports and, even though you might not have made it onto the real cover, a few of you did make it into the magazine on these pages. Scan QR code to download your photo, or visit Photos by Don Molyneaux

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Cochrane’s statues Visions of the past in the West of Now

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ithin Cochrane’s boundaries stand three bronze statues. You’ve seen them, everyone has. “They are very valuable assets to the town,” says Gord Davies, of Cochrane Historical and Archival Preservation Society (CHAPS). “They are synonymous with Cochrane.” But what’s the story behind them? Cochrane Living went to the experts to find out.

Men of Vision In 1881, Matthew H. Cochrane established the Cochrane Ranche Limited, close to where the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site is located. He commenced the first large-scale ranching enterprise in the area, raising

cattle nearby, driving them to the stockyards beside the railroad in Calgary. Clarence Copithorne was a prominent rancher in his day, and in the mid-1970s was instrumental in spearheading a tribute to the working stockmen of the ranching industry in and around Cochrane. Numerous candidates were in the running to create a statue to honour the cowboys of Cochrane’s early ranching days. Out of the eight finalists, Alberta Culture selected Calgary-born, Cochrane-raised, Malcolm “Mac”

Clarence Copithorne was instrumental in spearheading a tribute to the working

stockmen of the ranching industry in and around


Photo courtesy Cochrane Tourism Association / Laura Leyshon.

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Mackenzie (1932-2002). Working as a cowboy and outfitter since he was sixteen years old, his knowledge of cowboy gear and horses, plus being a renowned Canadian Western and Wildlife artist of bronze sculptures and paintings, made him the perfect choice to capture the feel of the old West. The project took approximately three years to complete, with Men of Vision being cast in bronze at the world-famous Morris Singer Foundry in England, where it was flown back to Cochrane, for its unveiling, on May 21,1979. Located on a bluff on the former site of the Cochrane Ranche, towering above the Town and Bow River valley, is this iconic ranching statue, a piece truthful to detail and story value, with its name coming from the title of a poem, “Men of Vision” by Alberta pioneer Ray Bagley. The Stockman Memorial Foundation, in their archives, indicates Copithorne was unable to attend the ceremony due to poor health; however, he was flown by helicopter with his wife to quickly witness the unveiling. He was represented by Don Edge, who rode his horse up to the hill overlooking the town and revealed the statue. As Copithorne prepared to fly back to hospital, he received a standing ovation from those present.

The Legacy Statue “We fondly call her ‘The Chicken Lady’,” says Natalie Germann, Recreation and Culture Assistant with the Town of Cochrane. “I don’t mind,” replies Shirley Begg, of Studio West, the artist behind the creation of The Legacy Statue. “This shows me she is embraced! Did you know people put flowers on her for Mother’s Day?” Over the course of seven months, Begg and her husband, Don, designed and cast the bronze statue of a woman feeding chickens, cream can nearby, in Cochrane at their studio and foundry. The early women of most rural communities earned money by selling eggs; they also sold cream to the local creamery. “Women

‘The Legacy Statue’ (aka The Chicken Lady) photo courtesy Shirley Begg, Studio West.

“When the women joined the men in settling this area, it

did not have property rights, so with the egg and butter money, this was how women earned their own money and spent it on what was needed. I have heard stories about some of this money going to buying a telephone and even helping to send a daughter to nursing school,” says Begg. “My grandmother was an entrepreneur in her day in Water Valley, Alberta. She owned a store. She told me how early pioneer and farming women worked ‘beyond their strength and were being forgotten’. They were ordinary and regular women. ‘You make sculptures. Have people donate to creating a statue dedicated to them,’ she said, and she wrote me the first cheque to start the fund.” At the base of the statue are names of only some of the pioneer women from Cochrane and area. Begg continues, “When the women joined the men in settling this area, it was the women who wanted the schools and the churches. They started the sense of community.” “The women were the strength in the early days,” Davies concurs. Begg explains how her grandmother wanted the statue, unveiled on June 17, 2003, as part of the town’s centennial celebrations, to be free and accessible to everyone year round, thus its location on Main Street, kitty-corner to the Rockyview Hotel.

was the women who wanted the schools and the churches. They

started the sense of community.”


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culture & history ‘Patina and Ross’ photo courtesy Shirley Begg, Studio West.

Patina and Ross The third statue, Patina and Ross, can be found in the entrance to the Nan Boothby Memorial Library at 405 Railway Street W, as a gift of the Neil Harvey Family, in November 2000. Patina, the girl, is reading a book as she sits on the bench, while Ross, the boy, has a stack of books, but his interests lay in what Patina is reading “They are almost life-sized. Kids love them,” says Catherine Myhr, Administration Assistant at the Nan Boothby Memorial Library. “Children have their pictures taken with the statue. They will talk to them or pretend to read the book. We’ve even had children pull the girl’s ponytail!” “They are very popular,” says Germann. “They came from the same foundry as The Legacy Statue.” Begg explains, “My father wrote the poem that is in the book that

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Patina is reading. He also drew the illustration. Children sit on the bench and read the poem. Parents have often touched the heads of Patina and Ross. We’ve been told children hold their hands or put their arm around Patina. The buckle on Patina’s shoe is very shiny: children try to unbuckle her shoe!” Having art displayed in public places plus having children see art as a part of their daily lives is very important to the Cochrane-based artist. Begg says, “We love the fact that people relate to our sculptures, embracing them.”  n

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Homes by avi

Happy trails Homes by Avi buyers stake their claim in Sunset Ridge n  By

Aaliya Essa


f you’ve ever dreamed of riding off into the sunset like they do in the old cowboy movies, Cochrane is definitely the place to do it. And, in Sunset Ridge, you can do it day after day, all year long. In fact, that spectacular view of the sun slowly setting over the nearby Rockies is a big reason why Homes by Avi chose to build homes in Sunset Ridge in the first place, because you absolutely cannot build views like that. Nothing but the best for Homes by Avi and their home buyers, who also have the opportunity to select from amongst a variety of options in terms of both styles of homes and floor plans. “There are 14 different floor plans to meet the needs of all our customers and each floor plan has several options that allow for personalization,” says Laurel Lapointe, marketing manager at Homes by Avi. “The more popular features are vaulted ceilings, raised breakfast eating bar with nook extension, solar/skylights and the upstairs laundry. Additionally we have some very-well-thought-out basement development plans to add a little extra living space,” she says. The wide range of sizes and price ranges means Homes by Avi has been seeing potential buyers from all walks of life, from first-time homebuyers, to families, and even some downsizers. “Our floor plans range from 1,727 square-feet to just over 2,400 squarefeet,” says Lapointe. “The homes in Sunset Ridge range in price from $430,000 to the $550,000s,” she adds.

Homes by Avi currently has 16 lots available in Sunset Ridge, plus five spec homes that will be ready for possession “this summer and fall”, says Lapointe. Given the usual average construction time these days, this kind of availability is a huge bonus for buyers who, for whatever reason, are looking to move in soon. Homes by Avi also offers their buyers a popular townhome option. “Our Street Towns redefine townhome living,” says Lapointe, “with no condo fees, private landscaped yards and a double detached garage.” In addition to loving the no condo fees, buyers also love the options in layouts. Street Towns range from 1,171 to 1,296 square-feet in size, and start at a very affordable $340,000. “There are 22 homes left in the Sunset Ridge Street Towns, with possessions available as early as this summer,” says Lapointe. “There are five different floor plans to choose from, including both a three-bedroom or double master ensuite,” she adds. The Street Towns have so far been very popular with young professionals, as well as retirees who are looking to move out of the city and downsize. Whether it’s single family or townhomes, the thing buyers all have in common is they’re looking for value — a quality home, in a great location, at an affordable price — and Homes by Avi delivers. “Homes by Avi has been building homes for over 35 years,” says Lapointe. “Our approach to building a home has always been to put the customer at the centre of everything.”  n

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The Jayman advantage Jayman BUILT has Cochrane covered n  By

Aaliya Essa


o put it in Western terms, Jayman BUILT is bullish on Cochrane. All four divisions of this renowned and multifaceted home building corporation are represented in this bustling heritage town west of Calgary. Innovations by Jayman, which builds starter and semi-detached homes, is in the communities of Sunset Ridge and Riversong. Jayman MasterBUILT, which offers move-up and estate homes, has two new show homes in the Riviera at Riversong. Their multi-family arm, Jayman MODUS, just released their Rise townhomes in Riversong. And its land development group, Tamani Developments, is responsible for developing the community of Riversong in south Cochrane. With the wide variety of housing options Jayman BUILT offers in Cochrane and their locations in some of the most picturesque, family-friendly communities here, it’s no wonder they have been the clear choice for homebuyers. “Customers like the array of build options they can have with Innovations by Jayman in both Riversong and Sunset Ridge,” says Careen Chrusch, Marketing Director for Jayman BUILT. “We offer single- and double-front garage homes, as well as semi-detached and townhome options across the two communities.” Riversong has townhomes from Jayman MODUS starting from $307,900, and semi-detached homes from Innovations by Jayman from $399,900. While over at Sunset Ridge, Innovations by Jayman has townhomes from $329,900 and semi-detached from $399,900. Sizes range rom 1,014 to 1,886 squarefeet. Chrusch cautions that opportunities to buy Innovations by Jayman homes in Riversong are fast dwindling, but more townhomes are being made available at Sunset Ridge in its latest phase. COchrane living

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“Our buyer group is quite diverse,” says Chrusch. “With our product segment being so broad, there is not a specific group that can be denoted to each style of home. Typically, we attract a younger buyer. But as of recently this demographic is starting to crossover many age groups,” she says. The more mature buyer may like the larger move-up homes Jayman MasterBUILT offers. “RiverReach is a nearly completed project, with only six single-family home lots left,” she says. “ These lots back onto the Bow River, and have direct access to an extensive path system, with prices starting in the $590,000s for the 2,020-square-foot show home. There are also two new Jayman MasterBUILT show homes backing onto the Bow River in Riviera of Riversong, starting from the $550,000s. “Residents here will really appreciate the pedestrian bridge allowing them to easily walk to town,” says Chrusch. Meanwhile, Jayman MODUS is also busy building new townhomes. The Rise, a community-within-a community, located within Riversong, features 38 three-storey townhomes, with options for both two and three-bedroom suites. There are three show suites to view. What gives Jayman BUILT the advantage is that no matter what segment of the market they are in, their design style, quality and craftsmanship remains unsurpassed. “Because of the affordable pricing and the down payment savings program we offer we expect to see first time buyers, young couples with kids and even some right sizers,” she says.  n

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The Rise of Riversong Jayman Modus’ latest brings sophisticated townhome style to Riversong community n  By

Pepper Rodriguez


hoever says affordable Riversong living is a dream has never seen Rise Townhomes in Riversong, as Jayman Modus again shatters perceptions on what is possible for multi-family residential home design. Conventional wisdom dictates that a home this near to the Bow River can only be afforded by the affluent and well-heeled. But Jayman Modus — the multi-family arm of the renowned Jayman Built — has found a way to bring this exceptional lifestyle to the masses with Rise Townhomes in Riversong, Cochrane. From as low as $307,900 (including GST) — or about $1,453 per month — the Rise Townhomes offers incredibly stylish, well-designed townhomes in the community of Riversong of Cochrane. Rise Townhomes bring to life all the style and appeal of true riverside living. “It allows you to live close to everything in the heart of Alberta,” says Jayman Modus’ Area Sales Manager, Tyler Scott . “Hike, fish and shop just moments from your front door and then after a long day of living come back to enjoy the comfort that comes with owning a Modus townhome.” The Rise is comprised of 38 three-storey two- and three-bedroom townhomes with heated, attached garage (either single or tandem). Each also has a full driveway. Each townhome comes standard with nine-foot main floor ceilings, a flex room on the lower level “and maintenance-free living with snow removal, lawn, shrub and tree care and much more,” Scott adds. There are five designs to choose from from 1,267 to 1,593 square-feet. “These are all new designs that we came up with specifically for Riversong,” Scott says, to make the most of its location down the hill on River Heights Drive. “Three new show homes

are already open so people can see and feel exactly the kind of lifestyle we offer here.” And there is a lot that they offer. “Much more than just a place to rest your head, Rise of Riversong delivers a small town feel right next to the big city. Just a glance through your window and enjoy some of the most beautiful views to ever grace this pristine landscape. Enjoy the comfort and imagine the lifestyle options that comes with owning a Modus townhome in the middle of it all.” Rise Townhomes encompass what Scott says is the “360-degree” of living. “That means you can expect more from your life in the Rise, where amenities like a private communal firepit and barbecue area and a community garden will provide the environment that can strengthen bonds with your neighbours. Because of the affordable pricing and the down payment savings program we offer we can expect first time buyers, young couples with kids and even some right sizers,” Scott says.  n

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DaILy PRogRaMS Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. In addition to self guided tours, a variety of daily programs are available. These include: golf cart tours, children’s programs, birding tours, and ranching programs. Admission to the park is free. The park is located 4 kms from Cochrane. Access is on Glenbow Road off Hwy 1A.

Cochrane SummerFest continues at Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with the Annual Family SummerFest community festival. Pony rides, magician, interactive hula hooping, stilt walkers, Taiko drummers, musical act Low Tide, family fun games, bouncy houses and more.

WeeKeNDS Walking tours of historic Downtown Cochrane available weekends by request at the Visitor Information Centre. #2, 209 Second Avenue West, Cochrane. For more information or to book a tour, call 403-851-2960. Cochrane Farmers’ Market Early June to Late September, Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Market is located at Cochrane Ranche Historic Site.

Canada Day Family Concert, Mitford Outdoor Stage, 5–9 p.m. Headliner: Vancouver’s own “Famous Players”. Opening acts: Cochrane’s own Lucas Chaisson and Pear, a folk and acoustic duo from Calgary. Stay for the spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Tickets $10, kids under 12 free. | 403-851-2534


Stampede Breakfast Breakfast, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, 800 Griffin Road.

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Cochrane SummerFest, Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, June 30th evening. Summerfest kicks off with entertainment and the classic family movie E.T.! under the stars.


Foothills Bucking horse Futurity Futurity, Cochrane Lions Rodeo Grounds, 109 5th Avenue West, 6 p.m. Beer garden, concessions. Tickets $10 for adults at the gate. 403-880-5381|


50th anniversary Tour, Model T Ford Club of America. Please see the website for Tour Routes, Accommodation, and Registration

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast, Royal Canadian Legion, 114 5th Avenue West. Breakfast from 9 – 11 a.m. followed by the flag raising, singing of our national anthem and birthday cake.

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Free family activities at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. The Run at the Ranch is part of the 5 Peaks trail running series and offers race distances for everyone. The run features a 1km Children’s Challenge, a Timed Kids Race, Sports Course, Enduro Course, and a Half Marathon. (Visit parksday for run registration and event information.)


Cochrane and area Chamber of Commerce 3rd annual golf Tournament, Cochrane Golf Course, 12:30 - 7:15 p.m. Cost: $98 + GST per person (includes golf, carts, dinner and prizing). See Chamber website for details.


Zombie Survivor, The 5 km Run For Your Life. Cochrane Agricultural Society Grounds, northwest corner of Hwys 1A and 22. Cochrane Classic Bullriding, Cochrane Lions Rodeo Grounds, 109 5th Avenue West. Join us Saturday night for an evening of thrilling professional bullriding followed by a dance. Bullriding begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets adults-$30-18+, Students-$15-5-17 years, Seniors-$20-65+, kids 4 and under free.

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ATB Financial Classic. A Canadian PGA Event. Links of Glen Eagles. Event purse of $175,000.


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Cochrane Fall Fair sponsored by the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society, Cochrane Ag Society grounds. Activities On The Green, Special Events Stage, Horse Events, Midway by Wildrose Midway, Trade Show, and Garage Sale. Friday 5-10 p.m. Saturday Trade Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Garage Sale 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Midway 12-9 p.m. Sunday Trade Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Midway 12-5 p.m. or

Cochrane Ranche Days annual longweekend celebration of western heritage and the Cochrane Ranche’s birthday. Activities take place at the Cochrane Ranche Historic site and the Cochrane RancheHouse. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy the Cochrane Farmers’ Market (CEAC’s longest market day of the year). On Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. enjoy wagon rides, art displays, family games, and other heritage activities. Call 403-851-2535

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Burnt Thicket Theatre host the Second Annual Fringe on the Ranche, a twoday event. Cochrane RancheHouse Theatre, 101 RancheHouse Road, 7:30 p.m. Advance Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. A limited number of 2-night passes for $35 are available! Audience Advisory 14+. | 403-851-0260


(or rain date of August 22) SpringHill Annual Charity Show & Shine. Classic Car Show. SpringHill RV Park, Registration: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Show & Shine: 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Charity BBQ: 12-4 p.m. Live Music, 50/50 Draw, 50 door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Slimdor Ranch Rodeo. Cochrane Lions Rodeo Grounds, 109 5th Avenue West, 4 - 8 p.m. Admission is free. Come out and see your local ranchers competing. 403-932-3928

49th Annual Cochrane Lions Labour Day Rodeo. Cochrane Lions Rodeo Grounds. Rodeo starts at 1 p.m. Bareback/ Saddle Bronc/ Bull Riding/ Steer Wrestling/ Calf Roping/ Junior Steer Riding/ Novice Horse Riding/ Team Roping/ Ladies Barrel Racing/ Junior Barrel Racing/ Breakaway Roping/ Junior Bull Riding/ Wild Pony Race/ Mutton Busting-/ Pee Wee Barrel Racing/ Trick Riders. Crowning of the new Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen and Princess.Tickets are Adults $15, Teens and Seniors $10, Under 12 free.|403-880-1760

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Cochrane Labour Day Parade, starts on River Avenue to 1st Street West (Main Street) and throughout the downtown. Check the website for a route map. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Cochrane Activettes Pancake Breakfast, Before the Parade 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Northstar Ford, 340 Railway Street West. Cost $3 per person or $10 per family of 4. 403-851-4609



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Pony Club Rally, Cochrane Agricultural Society Grounds (northwest corner of Hwys 1A and 22). Spectators Welcome. Enjoy the Mutt Strut at Mitford Park. Register early and start collecting pledges for the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. | 403-932-2072


Cochrane Classics Car Club Show and Shine in downtown Cochrane. Admission per vehicle $10 plus a nonperishable food item for the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank.


Cochrane Outhouse Races. Wipe out your competition. The course is located on the two blocks on main street, in front of the Heavenly Outhouse. Each team must make a donation to enter, which then supports the Cochrane Activettes.

you said it

What kind of pets do you have?

jennifer Skitch resident

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Sparky is an American Staffordshire cross with a pit pull!

Ben & Dani are long haired shepherds!

Chris Weese resident

Kianna Migueles resident

I have two persian cats named Gracie and Snow Ball.

Logan. P resident

I have a Shih Tzu mix, we call him mud Bud! Clare green Goodfellas barbershop owner

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This is Gaston he’s a Cavapoo, we love him very much! Roxanne Fernandez and Walter ontivero residents

We have two chocolate labs, maddison and Tia! Rob Sweeney resident

I have a Beagle Boston Terrier cross, her name is ruby!

I have a black Chihuahua named Jasper and a Jack russell named ozzy! Both are rescue dogs. Logan Storvold resident

Abby is a rotti and she’s 10 months old! Renee Massine resident

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