Four awesome trails and parks to visit in Cochrane
June 11, 2019
Cochrane is the land of open spaces, tall trees and flowing crystal-clear rivers. With 46 parks and trails scattered throughout the community, two off-leash dog parks and tons of winding pathways - Cochrane is the perfect place for growing families, nature lovers and adventure-seekers alike. The buzzing small town is packed with lots to do and even more to see, and we’ve compiled a short list of parks and trails everyone can enjoy in this beautiful town.
1. The Historic Cochrane Ranch Site
Known for its awe-inspiring mountain views, the Historic Cochrane Ranch Site is Cochrane’s most notable park. It started out as Alberta’s first large-scale livestock operation founded by Senator Mathew Cochrane in 1881. However, it is now used as an open year-round public park. The ranch site is located just east of Highway 22 and is a sprawling 136 acres of beautiful greenspace. The Historic Cochrane Ranch Site is decked out with picnic tables, an outdoor stage and three fire pits. Visitors can also fix their eyes on the iconic “men of vision” statue which honours the wranglers who worked on the site during its origin. Also, to celebrate the parks rich history, the Cochrane Ranch Site features an exhibitive trail which gives park-goers insight into its early days of development. With a meaningful history, fire pits, picnic spots and endless acres of greenspace to enjoy, The Historic Cochrane Ranch Site is the perfect stop for a day of fun and learning.
2. Mitford Park
Located along the north bank of the Bow River, Mitford park is another popular choice for Cochrane residents. The regional park spreads out across 34-hectares of land and offers tons of recreational opportunities. Mitford Park features a covered outdoor stage which is usually host to the bumping Canada Day concert. Every July 1st, residents of this family-oriented town gather together and enjoy thrilling performances, delicious food, and best of all, each other’s company. Other draws that make this park a family favourite include its ball diamonds, soccer and rugby fields, a skateboard park and walking pathways along the Bow River.
3. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
With breathtaking views that stretch from the Calgary skyline to the Rocky Mountains, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a sight to behold. The park borders the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane and is a hotspot for front country hiking and mountain biking. Glenbow provides Cochrane’s adventure lovers with over 25 kilometres of pathways perfect for hiking or cycling. This park is perfect for anyone who wants some action-packed fun or just wants to be one with nature.
4. Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
Big Hill Springs is a family-friendly park that features lush grass and shallow creeks. Though the park is small, it is bursting with beautiful features. Big Hill’s main attraction is its series of small waterfalls which cascade down rocky terraces covered with luxurious greenery. The park is also home to a historic fish hatchery and Alberta’s first commercial creamery. Big Hill Springs is perfect for a family getaway!
Cochrane is jam-packed with fun parks and scenic pathways for everyone to enjoy. Thrill seekers, nature lovers and everyone in between rush to this small town to experience its natural beauty. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your running shoes and your water bottle and explore all the parks and trails Cochrane has to offer.