Wondering what to do when it’s hot out? Pause and embrace a slow summer day. Spend time connecting with your family, from kids to grandparents. Whether it’s tasting the first sip of hot coffee in the morning at a Cochrane coffee shop in Historic Downtown, sharing a bite to eat at a Cochrane bakery, or breaking a sweat with a leisurely game in the park, Cochrane knows how to help you find pure contentment in simple moments.
Here’s a list of our go-to “what to do when it’s hot out” activities, for every generation.
Rise and shine with a beautiful summer morning
Start your day with a visit to Vine Coffee Co for a caffeine boost that will keep your energy high all day, despite the heat. The coffee connoisseur in your family will be thrilled to try Vine’s extensive offerings, ranging from classic and complex to light and fruity. Every small batch roast brings something a little different to your cup—try something new!
Get your coffee to go and take a short walk or drive from downtown Cochrane over to William Camden Park. Let the kids play on the large playground that features a giant spider web and climbing equipment. From here, you can explore the pathways south along the Big Hill Creek, watch for birds and wildlife in this beautiful, wooded area right in the heart of town.
Beat the heat with a midday munch and match
When it’s time for lunch, meander to Cochrane Coffee Traders in the heart of downtown. You’ll find homemade sandwiches and wraps, soups and salads, and delicious baked goods to satiate everyone’s hunger. Cochrane coffee shops provide the perfect opportunity to slow down and connect with one another over delicious food.
After you’ve digested, stroll down to the end of Main Street to Quigley Park. There are plenty of tennis and pickleball courts for everyone to have a match, or cheer on the player in your family.
Indulge in retail delights and bakery bites
When the sun is high, get out of the blazing rays with a stop at Found Books & Shop. Full of fascinating reads and delightful gifts by local creatives, you’ll discover a treasure trove while wandering the aisles. The kids can settle into their unique reading nook, while mom and dad enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine on the comfy couches.
Then, head up to the Trading Post in Sunset Ridge and grab a treat at Cochrane Baking Company. Try their amazing cannolis, croissants, muffins, cupcakes and more. Find your group’s ideal snacks, from sweet to savoury.
Once you’ve got your fuel, make your way to your favourite spot for a walk in town or an afternoon outdoors with the family. You might kick around a soccer ball at Bow Ridge Field, or shoot some hoops at Crawford Park. Don’t forget to bring your bikes to check out all the trails close by.
Quality family time in nature’s playground
Cherish the sweet moments amongst every generation of your family all summer long— without stressing over what to do when it’s hot out. Cochrane knows how to embrace the beauty of the dog days of summer—plan how you’ll beat the heat with us today!