The Town of Cochrane is a place that prides itself on making residents, visitors and investors alike feel as though they are a part of the fabric of the community. The town offers a strong and diverse set of community services within all four-seasons.
MANAGING THE COMMUNITY SERVICES
The Director of Community Services is responsible for the administration of the town’s ‘customer facing’ services, including parks and recreational programming, cultural programming, festival & events, maintenance of recreational facilities (including facilities, playgrounds, parks and trails), and the Cochrane Child Care Centre.
Detailed information of the town’s community service elements have been spread across a variety of website sections and pages. Some of the tabs below showcase brief summaries, along with a set of quick links that will help guide you to enhanced details of featured community services available in Cochrane.
Daycare & Early
The Town of Cochrane realizes the importance of promoting the well-being of our community’s children. We provide a safe, child-centered, caring and nurturing environment that encourages, stimulates and fosters self-esteem and growth. Our services are offered both in English and French environments at the Cochrane Child Care Centre and Garde d’Enfants de Cochrane, respectively.
We believe that child care facilities should provide the highest quality of child care programs for all children, as a result our qualified resource teachers implement strategies and programs that assist those with special needs.
To learn more about fees, hours of operation, and available programs for Cochrane’s child care and early childhood services, please visit the education section of our website.
Register your children for daycare or summer camp by downloading the form and submitting it to our child care general manager.
The public library serves local residents by providing access to information and programs that are responsive to the needs of the community of Cochrane and the surrounding area. Dating back to 1917, its rich history has been a staple to the town and continues to be a popular hangout spot for the young and elderly.
FIND IT AT THE LIBRARY
Below is a list of featured services offered by the Cochrane Public Library, to local residents and visitors alike. Can’t find what you are looking for within the list, visit the website to learn more in depth details of services offered.
- Free wireless internet
- 10 public access computers
- Online databases
- Colour printer
- Photocopy services
- Scanner services
- Fax services
- Year Round Book Sale
- Children, Youth and Adult programs
- Local history collection
- Inter-library loans
- Invigilating services
- Public meeting rooms
- Class visits for schools
- A world of books, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, audio books, DVDs, CDs, educational games, take home arts & crafts package, knitting packages
- Activator Poles, Yoga Mats and Health Kits available
In addition to the many services offered, the Cochrane Public Library also plays host to a variety of adult programs. A great place to learn, meet, and be active. Library memberships are free to all residents, so join today! A visit will get you thinking.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
The Town of Cochrane has an abundance of seasonal festivals and events, perfect for residential families, as well as those who wish to plan a mini vacation to the area. You will find a descriptive list of featured annual events below.
DISCOVER UPCOMING EVENTS
Plan your attendance to some of the best events in Ontario. For residents and visitors looking for a complete calendar list of all upcoming events, simply click on the link to your right. The calendar feature will allow you to filter events by month, location, category, and will give you the option to share to any social network of your liking.
Acclaimed as the oldest of Ontario’s winter carnivals and the largest in Northern Ontario this 10 day festival is a great way to enjoy Northern Ontario’s winter season! You are sure to have a great time at one of the 80 events taking place during the carnival.
Take in the smash-up car derby, the fishing derby, outdoor dance under the stars and the three-on-three pond hockey tournament, right on picturesque Lake Commando. Whether you are testing your true Canadian mettle with the Polar Bear Dip or participating in the many exciting events, the Winter Carnival is bound to delight and entertain.
One night per year, take part in the annual Torch Light Parade. An event that is part of the Winter Carnival, and where the fire department hands the community torches, as people march through town to a massive bonfire, made up of last year’s Christmas trees; saved and dried specifically for this spectacular event.
And, when we say ‘massive’, we are not joking. The fire reaches about two stories high and two garages wide. Once we’re done, everyone shares in hotdogs and hot chocolates for a true Canadian winter event.
Celebrate summer with us in August at the “Live Like a Northerner” Summerfest, held during the second weekend of August. Come celebrate with us on Lake Commando with live music, ATV races through mud bogs, Voyageur boat races, baseball tournaments, children amusement parks, firworks and more.
Experience life as a northerner and send summer out with a bang during the Summerfest celebration.
The past is present during Heritage Days. Watch antique cars and tractors come to life, cheer on modern-day cowfolk as they put horses through their paces, and more. With games for the kids and adults, it’s fun for the whole family.
Revisit history with a stroll down a re-created 1900’s street at the Heritage Village. Visit the second weekend in August and see the village come alive with costumed “villagers” and working equipment.
For the last century, we have played host to the Cochrane Annual Fall Fair. While the adults can take part in events like flower arranging, painting, crafts, quilting and photography competitions, the kids keep busy with all sorts of games and races. It’s an unforgettable experience and a true taste of the spectacle Northern Ontario has to offer.
Healthy & Active
The Town of Cochrane promotes an active style of living and is proactive in providing many recreational activities that allow our residents to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle. To learn more about available recreation in Cochrane, make sure to visit the Recreation section.
Below is a menu that will guide you through specific sectors of the website that promote our recreational programs and active living. For quick access to information centered around recreation and living that healthy lifestyle, simply click on the links below.
As one of the fastest growing communities in Northern Ontario, the Town of Cochrane continues to expand with development projects that enhance residential living and community experiences to be had within the town and surrounding areas.
COCHRANE CHILD CARE CENTRE EXPANSION
To better support working families, the Cochrane Child Care Centre is expanding its facilities with the construction of an addition to the original building.
The renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Frameworks (2017) aims to ensure that all children and families have access to a range of high-quality, inclusive, and affordable early years and child care programs and services that are child and family centered and contribute to children’s learning, development, and well-being. As part of this commitment the government has invested capital funding, to help Cochrane meet the needs of its residents, for the expansion of the existing Child Care Centre to accommodate infant care services. The 2000+ sqft expansion to the existing Child Care Centre includes upgrades to the kitchen and laundry facilities and is the first major expansion/upgrades to the building since it first opened its doors in February 1989.
The Cochrane Child Care Centre previously did not offer infant care as the building was originally designed to have only toddler and preschool rooms, along with a Parent Resource Centre. For this possible funding opportunity the Ministry of Education has highlighted that programs servicing infants were a priority, and that all purpose-built child care rooms funded will be built to accommodate a maximum group size which would e for 10 infants with first time equipping funding also available.
The project was awarded by council last summer to local builders CGV and is set to be complete in the Spring of 2019. Upon completion of the expansion the Cochrane Child Care Centre will offer 10 spots in their new Licensed Infant program.
The project was 2/3 funded by the Ministry of Educations through the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB) with the remaining 1/3 being funded by the Town of Cochrane.
CDSSAB is also supporting the project by funding the furniture, supplies and materials required to outfit the program.
Registration is open for current services, as well as for the additional spaces for infants (available in Spring 2019). Full day services are available for $30 per child.
Please contact the Cochrane Child Care Centre to register your child or infant by calling 705-272-4812 or visit the Centre at 435 Tenth Avenue.
Cochranites have a proud history and from the beginning have instilled civic pride in their community. Civic pride brings our community together and makes us feel good about where we live. It also triggers investment and jobs into our community. Ultimately, it’s people who are the heart of a vibrant, dynamic town, so encouraging civic pride in our community is essential for achieving the quality of life desired by resident and the creation and maintenance of a health town.
Civic pride means different things to different people. It could be as simple as sweeping a sidewalk, volunteering for a local organization, discouraging litter and graffiti, saying no to negative comments, shopping in the downtown core, helping someone in need, posting a historical community memory or picture on Facebook, maintaining your yard. It’s about appreciating the existing community and the need for wanting it to improve.
Please join us this year as we work on improving our beautification of Cochrane by planting and maintaining flower planters & hanging baskets in the downtown, as well as our many flower gardens throughout our town.
Cochrane has 6 parks and many community spaces providing recreation, open spaces and beauty for our residents and visitors. Many of these parks and town spaces at one time included beautiful flower gardens and we are working towards reviving those gardens and energizing our parks and community once again.
To keep our flower planters, parks, and gardens beautiful and enjoyable for all, we hope that you will consider donating to one of the below options. Your charitable donation towards a street planter, hanging basket, or community garden will help cover the costs of flowers, bed preparation, as well as summer-long watering and fertilizing.
Any small effort towards improving your residential or commercial property will encourage your neighbours to also improve their own maintenance practices.
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
- Do not litter our streets or highways
- Mow lawns and trim unsightly growth
- Keep property clear of debris
- Store wood piles in a discreate place
- Remove damaged trees or branches
- Mend fences and damaged signs
- Paint surfaces that are peeling or rusting
- Replace all broken windows and worn doors
- Replace faded or damaged vinyl siding
- Fix shingled roofs that are in disrepair
- Remove dilapidated buildings or sheds
- Maintain vacant properties and buildings
- Park large commercial vehicles out of sight
- Remove derelict vehicles from your property
- Plant flowers and trees