SHOP LOCAL

Cochrane, as we all know, is unlike anywhere in Canada. Cochrane is where people find nature underscored by history, a place that creates a feeling that is hard to define and even harder to forget.

As a local, you probably can acknowledge this feeling. It is something hard to describe, but it comes from the genuine nature of our people and our sense of community. We’re kind and friendly, and we genuinely care. Our small business community is pivoting to meet the needs of the community in new ways during these challenging times.

VISIT SOME OF OUR FEATURED LOCAL BUSINESSES

As our community adjusts to the current health climate, a number of our local businesses have committed to operating under the new Open & Safe Campaign. These measures are done to ensure the safety of their staff and guests as they continue to provide exceptional service and unique local offerings.

Take a moment to watch their stories!

Pure Anada Natural Cosmetics
Pure Anada Natural Cosmetics
Heavenly Outhouse / Poor David's
Heavenly Outhouse/Poor David's
The Gentry Espresso & Wine Bar
The Gentry Espresso & Wine Bar
Peacock Jewellers Studio and Supplies
Peacock Jewellers Studio and Supply
Fence & Post
Fence & Post
Spirit of Oneness
Spirit of Oneness
Hereabouts B&B
Hereabouts B & B
The Paisley Boutique
The Paisley Boutique
The Crossing at Ghost River
The Crossing at Ghost River
Community Flatbread Co.
Community Flatbread Co
Hunter Valley Adventures
Hunter Valley Adventures
Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery
Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery

Support Local Business

We invite you to stay connected with our business community with online experiences you can take part in from the comfort of your own home. Discover their stories in our Travel Journal, support local by taking part in their digital activities and enjoy online deliveries from your favourite local businesses, attractions, arts and culture organizations.

Thank you for continuing to practice safe social distancing and frequent hand washing while enjoying these experiences and supporting our business community. We look forward to celebrating together, and welcoming visitors back to Cochrane, when the time is right.

Riverfront Park

Description:

Imagine walking down a path past a strand of multi-coloured poplars in the fall as the leaves feather to the ground, backdropped against the pure blue, big Alberta sky. One cannot help but become immersed in nature, and that is what Cochrane’s Riverfront Park encompasses, nature.

The park reflects the natural setting it is surrounded by, with natural amenities provided in the children’s playground.  Beautiful wooden slides and climbing apparatus will keep the children busy for hours in the playground while parents interact with their kids or visit the area and have a picnic.   

One of the featured attractions in the park is that it borders the beautiful Bow River. There is a boat launch area and many people spend an afternoon rafting or boating down the Bow River, or casting a line into the liquid jewel that is world-renowned for trout fishing.  Cap the day with a firepit or a barbeque in one of the half-dozen firepits provided.

If people don’t want to get their feet wet, there are plenty of paths, close to 60 kilometres of paths throughout Cochrane for the landlubbers either on foot or on wheels.  Regardless of which direction one takes, or which path they choose to follow, people are in for a visual treat.  Head west on the paved path and experience the snow-capped mountain view when you rise out of the valley. The stunning vista will literally take your breath away, or the loss of breath may be due to the long hill that climbs out of the valley and into Mitford Park

Or head east and soak up the stunning flora. Hike along the river winding paths that are walled with Wolf Willow, Wild Gooseberry, Canadian Buffalo-Berry and several other shrub species that populate the southern Alberta river valleys.

The paved path heading east leads visitors to a frisbee golf course, the game that can be played year-round. If frisbee golf isn’t your game keep following the path east until you encounter a forested area that is reminiscent of a Brothers Grimm story. One must then make a decision, take the path north into the overhanging trees, or continue east along the river to the nearby off-leash dog park and a world beyond. 

Riverfront Park is ideally located next to Highway 22, on the south side of the bridge and is easily accessed from Griffin Rd. with plenty of parking.