Considering moving to Cochrane Alberta? If you’re looking to get out of busy Calgary, need more space than Canmore & Banff have, or want to move to Alberta from elsewhere in Canada, Cochrane is the perfect choice!
This wonderful town has everything you could want – plenty of shopping, services, fun activities and more. It also has a ton of great neighbourhoods and options for housing.
Today, let’s break down some of the things you need to know if you’re considering moving to Cochrane Alberta. Of course, I’m always here to answer any questions you have – don’t be afraid to reach out!
Yes! Cochrane has very low crime rates, and is one of the safest places to live in Alberta. Part of this is due to the high degree of homeownership and a population mainly composed of families and retirees. Cochrane was rated the 25th safest community in Canada. Macleans rated Cochrane only behind Beaumont & Okotoks for safest communities in Alberta.
Looking at the marketplace right now (late 2022), detached homes in Cochrane Alberta are priced from $400,000 to $1,185,000. 90% or more of the detached homes listed are in the $500,000 – $700,000 range. The lowest priced condo/townhome property in Cochrane is $234,000, and there are various other options in the sub-$500,000 range.
Cochrane has a vibrant commercial and shopping district! The historic downtown is a great place to find gifts and unique items. Great local shops such as Found Bookshop and Cochrane Coffee Traders make downtown an incredible place to visit and explore. Make sure you check out the historic local MacKay’s Ice Cream! This local gem has been scooping the good stuff since 1946. Wow!
If you’re looking for family groceries and home items, Cochrane also has a huge selection of big-box stores. Grocery providers include Save-On Foods, Safeway, No Frills and Walmart. Canadian Tire and Home Hardware are also right in town for the savvy homeowner with a to-do list.
Cochrane’s pathways and sidewalks system stretches over 70 kilometres, connecting neighbourhoods and places throughout the community. Walk along the Bow River, or visit various parks. Be sure to check out the Historic Cochrane Ranche House. This is the site of Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane’s original 1881 ranch, and features 136 acres, washrooms, fire pits and picnic areas. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is also just to the east of town (by Gleaneagles). This stunning area features 28km of trails and pathways.
Driving in Cochrane is easy, but for those who need transit, there is the fabulous COLT system. This stands for Cochrane On-demand Local Transit. This on-demand system is easy to use and can be accessed via website, mobile app or phone. Buses can be requested up to a week in advance, or even within a few minutes depending on availability and timing.
If you’re wondering if Cochrane could be the right fit for you, doing some research is a great start! If you have questions about the community or real estate, connecting with an agent with experience in the area is a great idea. I’ve helped many families settle in Cochrane and know the ins and outs of this wonderful town. If you’re curious about a property, or just wondering about the different neighbourhoods, feel free to reach out to me via text, phone or email. No question is too small and I’m always happy to help!