All About Cochrane, AB
Cochrane is a town located in the Calgary Metropolitan Region of Alberta. Situated 18km west of Calgary’s city limits, Cochrane is noted as one of the fastest-growing communities in all of Canada. With a population of 32 000 as of 2021, it is also one of the largest towns in Alberta.
What to do in Cochrane, Alberta
Cochrane is well-known among people living in or around Calgary for its western culture and in particular for its aesthetic, tourist-friendly Main Street. The area is rich with a history that residents take pride in, and this is perhaps best reflected in arguably Cochrane’s most famous store, MacKay’s Ice Cream.
MacKay’s Ice Cream
Ice cream lovers shouldn’t hesitate to make the move to Cochrane — you’ll be glad you did! MacKay’s is a cornerstone of the Cochrane experience, and it is beloved by the people living in Cochrane as well as the surrounding areas such as Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, and more. The ice cream shoppe has a long history in the area, tracing all the way back to 1946.
And if you’re interested, you’ll be able to read newspaper clippings and see real photos from MacKay’s early days when you head inside. There may be a line to get in, but not to worry — you won’t be waiting long!
If you continue down the street from MacKay’s, you may just find yourself at Found Books. Found is a beautiful bookstore with a cozy aesthetic. There are oversized chairs, velvet couches, and even reading nooks for kids in the back of the store. You’ll find candles that are for sale perched around the store rather than confined to rows on shelves, and of course you’ll find books, books, and more books!
When you move to Cochrane, we predict that you’ll be spending plenty of time browsing through the books at Found.
Other Places to Visit in Cochrane
There’s so much to do in Cochrane — here is a short list of must-visit locations:
– Cochrane Public Library
– Bill Hill Springs Provincial Park
– Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
– Studio West BRonze Foundry and Art Gallery
– Rockyview Hotel
– And many more!