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Cochrane is a town in the Canadian province of Alberta. The town is located 18 km west of the Calgary city limits along Highway 1A. With a population of 17,580, Cochrane is the second largest town in Alberta and one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. It is part of Calgary's census metropolitan area and a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). The town is surrounded by Rocky View County.HistoryCochrane was established in 1881 as the Cochrane Ranche, after Matthew Henry Cochrane, a local rancher. It became a village in 1903 and it had a newspaper and volunteer fire department by 1909. Cochrane incorporated as a town in 1971.GeographyCochrane is situated at the base of Big Hill in the Bow River Valley. It sits at an elevation of 1186m. The town is intersected by Highway 1A and Highway 22. Cochrane has a reputation for its western culture, which can easily be felt when one wanders the streets (particularly Main Street). The town is a popular destination for ice cream and coffee in its quaint western-oriented stores as well as for windsports, golfing, hiking and other adventure activities.Cochrane is in Alberta. Our Canada trip maker website allows you to schedule your trip to Cochrane, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $221
Duration: 11 hours
Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $82
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Wilderness and Nature Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $123
Duration: 8 hours
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