Cochrane

Day Trips 2015

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Cochrane

Cochrane

Located in the heart of Alberta cattle country and the Cowboy Trail, Cochrane is a recreation playground for families, adventure enthusiasts and those seeking rest and relaxation in a beautiful natural setting. Just 25 minutes southwest of Airdrie and less than an hour from Banff, with spectacular vistas of the rolling foothills and majestic Rocky Mountains, Cochrane combines a proud western heritage with all the modern conveniences required for a great vacation. From running events to rodeos, skateboarding or hiking through original ranch country, Cochrane has action for everyone. Spend the day enjoying quaint shops, boutiques, dining establishments and the most famous ice cream in Alberta. Or enjoy the talents of a number of recognized artisans, musicians and writers who call Cochrane home. Special events include the Children’s Festival, Canada Day Family Concert, Cochrane SummerFest, Zombie Survivor five-kilometre race, Cochrane Fall Fair, Lions Labour Day Rodeo, Cochrane Culture Days, Cochrane Outhouse Races and much more. The Cochrane Farmers’ Market is a popular Saturday morning destination for visitors and locals alike, June through end of September. Walking tours of historic downtown Cochrane are available weekends by request through the visitor information centre. With a variety of outdoor activities in the area – archery, fishing, golf, hiking, horseback riding, paintball, skateboarding, white water rafting – Cochrane has action for everyone. For more information, visit cochrane-tourism.ca

Crossfield

Just a 15-minute drive north of Airdrie and filled with small-town charm, Crossfield is worth a visit. Honouring the legendary 20th century bronc rider who first rode in the Crossfield Rodeo in 1918, the town hosts the annual Pete Knight Days in June. As part of the celebration, enjoy a parade, rodeo, kids’ amusement centre, demolition derby and dance.

While in Crossfield, be sure to stop in at the Crossfield Farmers Market. In 2015, the market runs from the first Thursday in June through the third Thursday in September from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pete Knight Memorial Arena. Find the best in local produce, baked goods, arts, crafts and more, plus assorted weekly entertainment and demos. This year’s Christmas Market, held at the Crossfield Community Centre, takes place Nov. 1. crossfieldagsociety.com

Country Garden Crystals is an inviting little cabin located just west of Crossfield. With a love and appreciation for the Earth’s natural beauty in mind, the shop offers a wide variety of treasures, including gems and crystals, Himalayan salt, fountains, singing bowls, jewelry and handcrafted teddy bears. Classes and workshops are also offered. countrygardencrystals.ca

A family owned-and-operated 63,000-square-foot western store, Irvine Tack & Trailers is a destination in and of itself. This western clothing, tack, rodeo gear, decor and ranch supply warehouse is situated near Crossfield, east of Highway 2. With tons of inventory – such as more than 1,000 saddles in stock at any given time – Irvine’s promises something for the serious buyer as well as window shopper. Ask about shipping arrangements if you can’t take your purchase with you. irvines.ca

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Gopher Hole Museum (Torrington)

About a 45-minute drive northeast of Airdrie, discover a museum that’s truly one of a kind. Open daily June 1 through end of September (or by appointment), this attraction features close to 50 displays of everyday life in Torrington, past and present. What makes it different? The stars of each scene are stuffed gophers; 77 to date, dressed up as townspeople visiting local businesses, getting married, going fishing, having a picnic, or taking part in a community activity. Visitors from around the globe have enjoyed this must-see if you’re in the Torrington area. “Gopher Hole Museum” on Facebook

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PaSu Farm (Carstairs)

Approximately 30 minutes northwest of Airdrie, PaSu Farm is a unique combination of restaurant dining, boutique shopping and working farm. Enjoy the Mediterranean, South African and Mauritian fusion cuisine. The boutique offers an eclectic mix of sheepskins, wool clothing, moccasins, quilts, and men’s and women’s fashions and accessories. Whether it’s just for a few hours or a full day, PaSu Farm makes for a peaceful getaway. pasu.com

Pioneer Acres (Irricana)

Experience southern Alberta’s rich pioneer history firsthand at this family-friendly museum located just 20 minutes east of Airdrie. Learn about the tractors, tools and machinery used during the early days of farming in the area, and enjoy the displays of antique trucks, furniture and gas pumps, the 1905 schoolhouse, blacksmith and wheelwrights shop and much more. Learn what life was like in the early 1900s, including how the ingenious early pioneers found a way to have fresh meat weekly in warm weather before the days of refrigeration. Feature 2015 events, such as the Spring Tractor Pull (May 23) and Steam and Stationary Engines (Sept. 12-13), highlight one or more areas of the museum and bring them to life. Pioneer Acres’ main event of the year is the Annual Show and Reunion (Aug. 7-9 in 2015), where virtually every piece of museum equipment is running, and many outside exhibitors bring displays, equipment, crafts and more. pioneeracres.ab.ca

 

Rosebud Theatre (Rosebud)   

Alberta’s only rural professional theatre is situated in the picturesque river valley of Rosebud, located less than an hour’s drive northeast of Airdrie. Rosebud Theatre employs a resident company of artists who work together to produce a variety of shows throughout the year as well as mentor apprentice performers and technicians for a life in the theatre. The theatre offers studio stage shows (generally performances to an audience of about 65) as well as opera house shows, which take place in the larger-capacity historic Rosebud Opera House and include a buffet meal. Eager theatre-goers will appreciate the opportunity to catch both a studio stage show and an opera house show on the same day. Visitors to the hamlet of Rosebud can also enjoy art galleries, shopping, restaurants and more. rosebudtheatre.com

Shakers Fun Centre (Calgary)

Whether it’s to whirl around the go-cart track, let loose in the laser tag arena, climb mountains in the indoor playground, unlock some serious excitement in the arcade, master the mini-golf course – or all of the above – Shakers spells non-stop family fun. Located in SE Calgary, about a 35-minute drive from Airdrie using Stoney Trail, this multi-attraction centre is open year round and offers something for everyone. Some activities are height-based (40-58” tall to drive the rookie go-cart track; over 58” to ride the pro track). The indoor playground is reserved for younger guests. There’s a concession on site. Check online for updates and availability of seasonal attractions (go-carting and mini golf). Admission is charged by the attraction but day passes are also available – a great bet for guests planning to stay awhile. shakerscalgary.com

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