Cochrane Things to Do
With a sparse population comes the joy of perfectly dark skies at night. This combined with being in a northern region makes for some of the best Northern Lights imaginable.November 2004 has been particularly incredible due to solar activity which leads to these indescribable 'lights in the sky'.In the past few weeks they have been dancing across...more
From their website:"There are only a few great rail excursions left in the world and this is certainly one of them ... the Polar Bear Express departs Cochrane for an incredible 186-mile journey to the Arctic Tidewater at Moosonee. Travel along the "old highways" of the fur trade, historic rivers such as the Abitibi and the Moose. Your trip on the...more
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Spinning Wheel: Under new Ownership
Under previous ownership there was nothing good to say. But now that Peter DeJospeh and his wife have taken over, it is another story. A wider variety of fare, tastier choices and special occasion buffets sprinkled through the year there have been nothing but good comments.
Favorite Dish: I have not sampled too much, but was quite pleased with their chicken caesar sallad.Add to your Trip Planner
Moose on the road
Check out Mr Moose here - but try not to check him out when he shows up in front of you when you;re going 100 km/h along the highway. Major destruction. Keep a very watchful eye.Add to your Trip Planner
Cochrane Warnings and Dangers
Black flies & mosquitoes
I was not sure if this is a danger despite the global concern over West Nile... Once well into spring and into summer, we come to the famous biting-insect season. They really can be a nuisance and can drive a person almost over the edge. The danger is that moose feel the same way and to escape the nasty critters, they go out into the open - like on a highway - where it is impossible to see them at night. Bang-o! Best to be extremely vigilant at this time of year.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
Cochrane Tourist Traps
"Wild" Polar Bears?
Well, this is a new one, to bring a myriad of tourists to town. I cannot yet comment on the quality of the place so we shall see.
Unique Suggestions: There is a pool where you can swim with the bears - there is a glass wall between, so not too worry about becoming polar breakfast.
Fun Alternatives: Gerry Miller's museum in nearby Hunta has rave reviews. In August there is a big open house where he shows off old machinery and memorabilia.Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
Cochrane Sports & Outdoors
"Commando Lake tour and other spectacular nature tours by Voyageur Canoe. See Cochrane from beautiful Lake Commando situated in the center of our town. A casual paddle in 34 foot Voyageur Canoe will give you a change to view the areea from the water. Visit or sleep a night or two in a traditional native Teepee in Drury Park which is in whitin...more
Cycling in Greenwater Provincial Park is not only a summer affair. With knobby tires or a set of chains, you can ride right up until December in most years and as early as April.Of course during the summer the park is open to camping. With numerous sites in amongst the jackpines, birch and poplar, it relly is one of the most beautiful campgrounds I...more
If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.
Once the snows arrive the groomer is out to the x-c ski trails. Bring your skis which fit into any vehicle, train or plane, and enjoy the hills and the flats through stands of spruce, jackpine, poplar and birch. Literally, all you hear is the sound of your skis on the snow. Stop to think and all you hear is your breath and the breeze in the...more
Whether you're new on a sled or a seasoned sledder, Cochrane, many say, has the best trails around. From December through to March and sometimes April you can explore the hundreds of kilometres of trails in all directions, and be able to try a few short jaunts or lengthy multi-day excursions. For the really adventurous, try the guided tour from...more
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