Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face while you experience an iconic part of Canadian history. The Trans Canada Trail is a whopping 27,000 km of pathways that connect Canada’s east coast to west coast. The longest network of multi-use recreational trails in the world, there’s plenty to see and do on the sections that cross Alberta, and specifically, Cochrane.
Get out on Alberta’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail and experience the scenic beauty our region has to offer, while improving your mental and physical health through outdoor activities.
Find the Trans Canada Trail in Cochrane
The wilderness is waiting for you! The Trans Canada Trail runs 2,960 km in our province, providing a network of picturesque backdrops to witness your adventures. While only about 1,700 km of the route is operational, portions of the trail between Calgary and Cochrane have recently been added, which make for an exciting new walk or ride.
Start by mapping out your route and how far you’d like to travel on the trail. The westbound route heads south to Calgary and then onwards through Cochrane and the Rocky Mountains to British Columbia, creating a playground of trails for you to enjoy year-round.
Alberta TrailNet is responsible for maintaining the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta, and also provides a Trans Canada Trail map to help you plan your adventures.
Iconic stops near Cochrane
Whether you’re walking, hiking, or biking the Trans Canada Trail, there are plenty of delightful discoveries to make. The trail traverses diverse landscapes like parks, forests, rivers, and more, making it one of the most fascinating places to easily connect with nature.
Take a ride or a stroll down Bearspaw Trail for an easy 2.2 km. The path winds through blowing grasslands on the north bank of the Bow River, and links the west side of Calgary’s Haskayne Park with Michael’s Creek in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. This part of the trail will eventually connect Calgary to Cochrane.