Cochrane residents and visitors enjoy the best of both worlds. Cochrane is situated along the banks of the beautiful Bow River, just 25 minutes from downtown Calgary or the Calgary International Airport while the Rocky Mountains are only a relaxing one hour’s drive away. The Town of Cochrane is located at the intersection of two major highways just west of Calgary. The Bow Valley Trail (Highway 1A) runs parallel to the Trans Canada Highway. It provides a very good alternative link to Calgary and to Banff National Park. The Bow Valley Trail is intersected by The Cowboy Trail (Highway 22), which runs north – south.
Cochrane is noted for its western heritage and small town hospitality. Cochrane has just completed the revitalization of the downtown core, which enhances our western heritage. The town is regarded as one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. However, with over a century of history, Cochrane has always been a desirable location to put down roots. Although much has changed since the days of the original CP Rail Station, stone quarry and brick plants, the entrepreneurial spirit and handshake hospitality of Cochrane remains true to its western heritage.
Cochrane has an extensive pathway system that highlights the scenery along the Bow River. Town amenities include the Big Hill Leisure Pool, Spray Lakes Recreational Centre, Nan Boothby Memorial Library, parks, pathways and sport fields.
The new recreational centre hosts various programs such as: hockey, ringette, roller hockey, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, indoor public events, basketball, volleyball, badminton, aerobics, martial arts and indoor running track.
There are two main school districts operating in the town of Cochrane, the Rockyview Public School Division and the Calgary Catholic School Board. There are a variety of options available for schooling including public, Catholic, French immersion as well as an active home-schooling network, Cochrane Home Educators.
The burgeoning technology and professional services sectors have blended seamlessly with the towns existing commercial base. There are ample opportunities for new business in Cochrane. The shops in Cochrane have a unique selection of western and antique items, craft stores and art galleries, in addition to a wonderful array of restaurants, which are sure to please a wide variety of tastes.
With its spectacular scenery and many recreational facilities, it is not surprising that Cochrane continues to be a popular place to relocate to.
If you are thinking of moving to Cochrane, the resources at the town of Cochrane website will help you answer any questions you may have about making Cochrane your hometown. Click here for link to the town of Cochrane’s website.