The Cochrane Arena celebrated its grand opening in 1976. Since that time, the building has been in continuous use as an ice arena and facility for dry floor events. The arena features NHL regulation size ice (200' x 85') and seats 1000 spectators. Over the past two years, the arena has undergone extensive renovations. 1.3 million dollars was spent in various upgrades and renovations which means that thirty years later, the Cochrane Arena is still a thriving 'hub' to local hockey teams, and other recreational organizations.
Neighbourhood Community Schools
Rockyview School Division # 41
Elementary School (Grades ECS-4)
École Elizabeth Barrett School
Address: 605 4th Avenue North
Cochrane, AB T4C-1Y5
Phone: (403) 932-2215
Middle School (Grade 5-8)
École Manachaban Middle School
Principal: Craig Schwesinger
Address: 724 Chiniki Drive
Cochrane, AB T4C-1Y4
Phone: (403) 932-2215
High School (Grade 9-12)
Cochrane High School
Principal: Mr. Chris Lees
Address: 529 4th Avenue North
Cochrane, AB T4C-1Y6
Phone: (403) 932-2542
Neighboring Parks & Trails
W.D. Kerfoot Park
W.D. Kerfoot Park is located just south of Manachaban School in the community of the Cochrane Heights.
The park is named after pioneer William Duncan Kerfoot who was born in Virginia, U.S.A. in 1856. In 1885, near Calgary, he married Adrianna Bell-Irving, who was born in Scotland in 1862.. They had six children. William Kerfoot served as resident manager at the Cochrane Ranch from 1883. He later homesteaded in Grand Valley, northwest of Cochrane. William Kerfoot died at Calgary in 1908.
C.W. Fisher Park
C.W. Fisher Park is located on Sunterra Boulevard in the heart of the community of Sunterra Ridge Estates.
The park is named after Charles Fisher, the town's leading merchant (who came from Ontario in 1899). He owned the Merino Ranch and was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1906 to become the First Speaker of the House. He held that position until 1919, when he died in the great Spanish Influenza epidemic. He married a niece of the Carling brewery family in 1907, promising her a castle in Cochrane. His magnificent country mansion overlooks Big Hill Creek, and was the center of social activities and lavish entertainment. In 1931 it became the Just Home Guest Ranch owned by the McConachie Family, until it was acquired by the Franciscans.
The communities of Cochrane Heights, View Ridge Estates and Sunterra Ridge Estates all overlook this 60 hectare park known as 'The Cochrane Ranche'.
There is a visitor center and museum
where Senator Matthew
Cochrane began his ranching operation in 1881. A large bronze statue,
of Vision" overlooks the grounds with walking trails, and picnic
was originally owned by Mr. Charles Wellington Fisher
who purchased the land in 1907 and built the original sandstone house
which, today, still makes up part of the retreat center. Mr. Fisher's
occupied the home until 1931, when it was sold to the McConachie
became the "Just Home Guest Ranch." Subsequently, on March 10, 1949,
the Franciscans purchased the property in part while Mr. Clair J. Cote
the rest to then donate it very generously to the Franciscans. The
the first retreat ant wing and on August 15, 1949 gave their first
the clergy. There are numerous pathways and lush brush ideal for nature
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