Parks & Pathways
Cochrane's pathways and public sidewalk system measures nearly 60 kilometres, ensuring connectivity through several areas of town.
Asphalt pathways in Town are cleared of snow during the winter; shale pathways are not maintained over the winter.
Historic Cochrane Ranche Site
The Historic Cochrane Ranche site — located on Highway 1A, just east of Highway 22 — is the original site of Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane's ranch, established in 1881. The public park is approximately 136 acres and has seasonal washrooms, picnic tables, an outdoor stage and three fire pits. Groups can book areas for family picnics, wedding ceremonies and other events. For booking inquiries, please call 403-851-2535.
Mitford Park is a 34-hectare regional park located along the north bank of the Bow River. The park includes an outdoor covered stage, pedestrian/cycling pathway along the Bow River, ball diamonds, a soccer/rugby field, skateboard facility, ponds and a seasonal washroom. The major event here is the Canada Day concert (July 1). Mitford Park is located at 201 West Rock Rd.
Off-Leash Areas and Parks
Cochrane has two dog off-leash areas that total six hectares in size:
- Along the river between the bridge at the south end of River Avenue and the east end of Griffin Road, opposite Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Parking available at the south end of River Avenue and opposite SLS Sport Centre.
- Under the Bow River bridge, just west of Highway 22. Access parking from Griffin Rd west of Highway 22 (boat launch); walk west under the bridge. Dogs must be leashed until the off-leash area. There is also an enclosed dog park in this space.
Note: Dogs are required to be under your control even in the off-leash area.
Fishing: Mitford Pond
During the summer Mitford Pond is stocked with trout for fishing in partnership with Trout Unlimited, Jumping Pound Chapter and is a favourite with kids. Children 13 and under can take home a fish; everyone else must catch and release. Ice fishing is prohibited at Mitford Pond.
Memorial/Dedication Benches & Picnic Tables
If you would like to honour a loved one, family or group with a bench or picnic table in a Town park, you can purchase a piece of park furniture and have it installed by Town of Cochrane Parks staff, complete with bronze plaque. Find out more or apply.
Cochrane has two outdoor skating areas, both are maintained for ice skating as long as the weather allows. Lights are on nightly until 10:00pm. Please call the Facility Status Line for the current status of the ice (24-hour information line): 403-851-2552.
- The Tim Bannister Memorial Outdoor Rink, 324 Ross Ave
- Mitford Pond, 201 West Rock Rd; access by the parking lot at the west end of West Rock Rd. The pathway through Mitford Park is connected to the 60 km Town pathway system.