To help you enjoy yourself, the Town of Cochrane provides the following facilities and services: Big Hill Leisure Pool, Cochrane Community Centre, Nan Boothby Memorial Library, parks and pathways, sports fields, and Emergency and Protective Services and a commuter bus to Calgary. The community also boasts top quality sports fields, tennis courts, two golf courses, a curling rink , 2 arenas and 1 agricultural arena. The large Spray lakes sports complex continues to expand to meet the growing needs of Cochrane. By 2008, a series of walking and biking paths through the newly formed Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park will connect us with Calgary.
Don't be surprised if a hang glider passes you overhead as you drive west from Calgary to Cochrane on the 1A highway. Hang gliding off the Big Hill is just one of the outdoor pursuits that are available at Cochrane. An extensive pathway system extends along the banks of the Bow River where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or watch some fly fishing. The pathway system extends throughout the entire townsite.
Cochrane combines older neighbourhoods with new subdivisions. Older areas include Cochrane Heights where homes range from 15 to 35 years old. East Cochrane encompasses the original town site with some of the homes dating back to the early 1900's made with bricks manufactured in town. There are several apartment complexes, townhouses, fourplexes, duplexes,(semi detached) along with single family homes.
Glenbow, located west of downtown and built with a creek and park as its centre, was developed between 1979 and 1989. Single family homes, condos, townhomes and duplexes and lowrise apartment condos comprise this subdivision. The riverside golf course subdivision of Riverview is located adjacent to the Bow River in south Cochrane.. Built between 1989 and 1995, this single family home area also includes a mature adult community bungalow complex.
West Valley and West Terrace, started in 1989, include single family homes, duplexes, a townhouse complex and a mature lowrise condominium. West Pointe, with its single family homes and duplexes, is under construction beginning in 2006.
Newer areas include: Bow Meadows located along the Bow River valley which boasts 210 homes on larger fenced lots. Walk-out lots are available along the river and creek. Bow Ridge is located west of Bow Meadows and features single family homes and duplexes. Sunterra lies on the westernmost plateau of Cochrane Hill with large single family homes and a lowrise condominium complex.
GlenEagles is situated on 660 acres of west facing hillside with both single family homes and the Villas offering incredible views of the Rocky Mountains, river valley, and the prestigious 18-hole championship golf course. The Landing of GlenEagles is an area of 28 walkout lots. The Estates of GlenEagles is pent- house living with tremendous views. Located on the hills in east Cochrane, the Headlands has terraced lots which afford panoramic mountain and river views.
Day care, kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high schools in both the public and separate school systems. French Immersion is also offered.
Art galleries, clubs and studios reflect the community's interest in art. Medical, dental, and other health care clinics are available, as is ambulance service to Calgary hospitals.
Local employment stems from lumber milling, ranching, light industrial manufacturing and a broad range of commercial and retail services.