Leaves are falling and autumn is calling! It’s the perfect time to explore fall activities and the captivating beauty of Cochrane, Alberta during the shoulder season. Un-be-leafable adventures await—from breathtaking outdoor fall activities with Alpine Air Adventures to unforgettable geodome accommodations. Embrace the unexpected and create magical memories with our top ways to make the most of the shoulder season.
Here are 8 fall activities to add to your travel bucket list.
1. From the airport to adventure planning
Be whisked away on your adventure straight from the Calgary airport with Mountain Park Transportation. Make your first stop the Cochrane Public Library to explore a world of possibilities! Borrow outdoor equipment like life jackets, snowshoes and hiking poles, and grab guide books/maps to make the most of your getaway.
2. Scale new peaks
Then, reach new heights of excitement with Alpine Air Adventures! Whether it’s alpine climbing, rock climbing, or hiking, you’re in for the best views and a nature-filled experience in Alberta’s stunning backcountry.
3. Take a peaceful paddle
The days may be getting cooler, but the water’s still fine! Book an off-site Stand Up Paddleboard rental from Ghostek North and set off on any of the beautiful bodies of water near Cochrane.
Don’t worry about your furry friend—Global Pet Foods has the perfect life jacket to keep them safe and buoyant.
4. Dome sweet dome
When it’s time to turn in for the night, snuggle up in unique rustic charm at Jumping Pound Ranch‘s amazing geodomes. Bookings open at the end of September 2023 and offer a plethora of shoulder season pleasures. Ask to have the kitchen stocked with delicious local products, lounge around the firepit or relax in the sauna or hot tub. Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to join them for lamb season in early 2024!
5. Weather-proof playtime
If rain starts to fall, don’t let the weather dampen your mood! Kids of all ages will love The Messy Moose Kids’ Art Studio, which combines art and sensory play. Children can explore creating with everything from art supplies to recycled goods, decorate the paint wall or chalk wall, and discover sensory bins filled with different textures on rotation.
6. Weave your own wonders
Knit happens at Addie’s Creative Fabrics! Whether you’re just learning to cast on, or are a master at the purl stitch, they have everything you need to knit your next project. It’s sweater weather—just add a roaring fireplace and your favourite hot beverage!
7. Show some local love
If making something from scratch isn’t your thing, let our incredible local creatives do it for you! Head over to Opulence Alliance Events’ Cochrane MADE OctoberFest Makers Festival for pumpkin spice and everything nice! On October 14, 2023, you’ll find makers and their wares that cater to all tastes.
8. Weather the storm in style
Looking for an upscale gift or personal treat? Cochrane Custom Jewellery LTD. will create the bespoke, high quality piece of your dreams that you’ll be excited to show off! Take your bling to Flores & Pine for a meal that matches your mood—this elevated casual eatery will delight the senses with inspired dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients.
Falling temperatures, rising excitement
Autumn is never gloomy in beautiful Cochrane—you’re guaranteed to fall for our stunning landscapes and charming town. Leaf it to us—let us help you plan your fall activities today!