Feel the cool air as you cast a line into the river or pedal hard over new terrain. Saunter through historic sites under an expansive blue sky, or indulge in a snack with your loved ones in the park as the sun begins to set. Embrace that moment when you reconnect. Savour unique things to do in Alberta this summer with Cochrane’s hidden gems. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities for all interests, so you can go where the wifi is weak, but the connection is strong.
Here are 5 unique things to do in Alberta this summer
1. Land your next big catch with fly fishing
Enjoy an idyllic day on the Bow River and sink into solitude as you wait for a bite on your line. Riverfront Park is an ideal location for fly fishing and a great place to immerse yourself in nature.
Stop by Big Hill Creek, known for its Brown and Rainbow Trout, as well as Rocky Mountain Whitefish. You’ll also find Mitford Pond stocked with trout for catch-and-release.
2. Shift into gear with mountain biking
Cruise along the vast array of trails and take in the incredible scenery with a day of mountain biking. You’ll find easy riding and beautiful views of the Bow River along the Mitford Park loop via Riverfront Park. The area is a popular spot for families in the summer, and both parks make great locations for a rest stop after your ride.
For a more challenging circuit, visit Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and its 9.3 km loop. The park has plenty of paved options, but also dirt and gravel paths to test your skills on, including the famous Trans-Canada Trail. It’s one of the most picturesque places to visit in Alberta.
Don’t forget to have your bike and gear serviced at Big Hill Cycle, so your equipment is ready to hit the trails.
3. Take to the trails on a hike
These boots were made for hiking! Amble along groomed trails and gaze out at the stunning panoramic landscape the Historic Cochrane Ranche is known for. The Cochrane RancheHouse Trail is an easy 3.2 km loop, and one of Cochrane’s hidden gems. The spot provides uninterrupted views. Watch the sunset light up the sky with vibrant colours from beside the iconic Men of Vision statue.
Discover why Cochrane is one of the most historically rich places to visit in Alberta with a guided tour from Great White North Guides. Dig deep into regional archaeology, thousand-year-old campsites, and buffalo jumps while you learn about foraging in the area. Photo opportunities abound with wildflowers dotting the trails and wildlife at every turn.
4. Row, row, row your boat
Paddle hard and try not to get wet as you experience the thrill of rafting! Take an interpretive raft trip down the Bow River with Hunter Valley Adventures. The family-friendly float offers a new perspective of Cochrane and its history, all from the exciting vantage point of the water.
Kelsey’s Caravan is working on the plan for Cochrane River Trips this summer so stay tuned—Stand Up Paddle Boarding adventures down the Bow River, starting at Riverfront Park. You’ll learn the basic skills needed to paddleboard, under the supervision of an experienced guide.
Or, take your own kayak, canoe, or raft down the Bow River. Pack sunscreen, water, and snacks—it’s “aboat” time to get on the water!
5. Pack a snack and head to the park
After an exciting day of exploring, collect your favourite treats and visit Mitford Park for a picnic. Watch one of the many baseball games, or be entertained by the dogs frolicking in the nearby dog park as you sprawl on your blanket, or find higher ground at one of the many picnic tables.
The park provides the perfect backdrop to stay and play, or relax with a book and a beverage as the sun goes down on a summer day well spent connecting with your loved ones at Cochrane’s hidden gems.
Beat the summer heat with the best experiences
Try out the many unique things to do in Alberta this summer, right here in Cochrane. We make reconnecting with your loved ones and your interests easy. Plan your summer with us today.