Cochrane is just a short drive from our doorstep and with rain clouds looming ominously we decided a trip deep into the mountains was not prudent, so off to Cochrane, and in particular, Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. This Provincial Park is a day use park with a great little walk that takes about an hour. It is an easy stroll with a few hills, it boasts a bubbling little creek and waterfall which is super fun to hang out by in the heat of a summer day. This autumn the colours here are spectacular, and Big Hill Springs is a great place for a leisurely Sunday stroll.
After a romp through the leaves at the park we headed to downtown Cochrane. Cochrane works to reclaim a bit of the old west with its architecture and it is really a cute place. There are little shops with cool kitchen things, antiques, handcrafted stationary and a few unique clothing shops. The piece d resistance has to be MacKay’s handmade ice cream. Since 1948 MacKay’s has been serving Cochrane and the scores of Calgarians that daytrip every weekend for the taste of MacKay’s extra creamy, rich and delicious ice cream treats. Expect a line up and be prepared to pay with cash and enjoy every creamy minute! http://www.mackaysicecream.com
Hungry for brunch, we headed to a great little restaurant called Olive R Twist. It was fine patio weather so we relaxed in very comfortable chairs and put our feet up to enjoy a mimosa with fresh squeezed oj- yumm! Great service, friendly atmosphere and great Sunday brunch menu.
Cochrane Historic Ranche just west of downtown is home to the Cochrane Farmer’s Market during the summer months and a beautiful little park to stroll and relax in. We took some fantastic autumn photos, played in the leaves and there are plenty of picnic tables in order to snack, enjoy and relax!