Got sunshine on your mind? Hosting an epic picnic is easy with a backdrop as beautiful as Cochrane.
Have a casual solo afternoon snacking on finger foods and delving into a good book or host a gathering that wows your guests. Knock your partner’s socks off with an extravagant charcuterie and a view to match or spend the afternoon lounging and sampling local creations.
We’ve got all the top picnic ideas to make sure your sweet summertime really is as simple as a walk in the park.
Where to spread your blanket
Nothing makes a picnic better than the chance to see an incredible sunset. Grab your partner and take a little stroll up to the Men of Vision Statue at Historic Cochrane Ranche for the best view in town. For a different kind of ambiance, settle in at Riverfront Park and be lulled by the gentle sounds of the Bow River.
Sunset Pond has the perfect picnic spots for your whole family. Wind your way around the pond on the manicured pathway and settle under one of the pergolas or in the picnic area. After fueling up, send the kids over to the playground while you relax and take in the scenery, or challenge them to a game of bocce ball at Samuel Spicer Park.
What to bring to make your picnic awesome
Make sure your picnic ideas include great local finds! You’ll have it made in the shade when you pack your snacks and napkins in a cute and reusable tote bag from Heavenly Outhouse, and choose your next summer read or journal from FOUND Books & Shop.
Turn your average picnic into a celebration with Balloons and Butterflies. Order a custom balloon creation or blow up a few colourful balloons yourself to amaze your guests. You’ll also find art supplies like paint and brushes so you and your group can get creative with plein air painting from Final Touch Studios.
Local fare to take your snacking to the next level
Did you know that Two Pharmacy has a community market section from our local producers! From meats to cheese, jams, snacks and more!
Uplevel your picnic with artisanal delights from Kitchen Boutique. Stock up on favourites like truffle and artichoke pesto, gourmet cheese topping in flavours like apricot jalapeno, and chocolate covered licorice treats.
For a weekend picnic, check out the Cochrane Farmers Market – Market at the Bow, where you will find fresh produce from the farmers along with other unique products to fill your picnic basket.
To top it off, head over to Horse Creek Heritage Candy & Gifts for locally made Saskatoon berry pie from Solstice Berry Farm to finish your meal on a sweet note. Yum! Don’t forget a trash bag and paper towel for easy clean up.
Picnic ideas for every occasion
Seize that summer state of mind and get outside. Discover the amazing parks and local businesses that will help make your picnic a memorable one. Plan your picnic with us, and fill your basket full of goodies today!