EXPLORE & DO
A must visit in Cochrane! The Polar Bear Habitat is dedicated to, and setting the highest standards for the conservation, care and well being of polar bears. Currently the home of Ganuk and Henry, the Polar Bear Habitat is world renowned for it’s ability to lengthen the lives of polar bears in captivity, while providing them environments as close as possible to their natural habitat.
Having recently built an enclosure around a natural lake and forest, the Polar Bear Habitat is now the largest one of its kind in the world, and can now reach new heights in research and behavioural understanding for polar bears.
Come and see Ganuk and Henry in their natural habitat. If you are lucky you may even be able to get up close and personal with them. A unique wading pool is attached to the polar bear pool to allow both children and adults to ‘swim with the bear!’.
The Polar Bear Express train, which runs from Cochrane to Moosonee, is one of the few great rail excursions left in the world. The train runs during the summer months along the Arctic Watershed, crossing historic highways of the once busy fur trade. You will see the many sights along the rail, such as hydroelectric dams, isolated homes and perhaps even some wildlife.
Cochrane’s unique recreational complex offers a state of the art olympic size pool, complete with a whirlpool, lazy river, and 21 foot waterslide, in a simulated tropical beach setting. During the winter months, catch a Crunch game. Cochrane’s own Junior ‘A’ hockey team. Sit in the Bear’s Den and get the full VIP game experience, including cold drinks and fresh food.
Cochrane loves to celebrate its northern culture. Events like the Torch Light Parade, Summerfest, the annual Fall Fair, and Heritage Days all embody the close-knit, family fun philosophy of the town.
The annual Torch Light Parade sees the town’s Christmas trees lit over two stories high. Summerfest has all the fixings of summertime fun. The annual Fall Fair is full of creativity, with painting, quilting, photography competitions. And Heritage Days brings out antique cars and tractors for all to reminisce on days past. Plan your attendance to one of our annual festivals and events today!
Genier Road | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
This recently erected memorial park serves to remember all those who perished during the 1916 Fire. Cochrane lost a total of twelve people, most succumbing to smoke and unable to get to a fresh water lake for cover. Have a picnic on our grounds and browse all the stories that some people lived to tell about the fire and rebuilding our community in the late 1910s.
149 Fourth Avenue | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
Cochrane became the seat of the judicial district in 1923. The original court, on Fourth Avenue, still stands and functions as it was intended. A great historical attraction for visitors.
178 Fourth Avenue | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
Home to local history and genealogy, The Cochrane Public Library offers a variety of programs for all ages. The library is a quiet, and friendly place for all your needs, with a wide selection of books and full internet access. Printing, faxing and computer use is also available for a small fee.
156 Sixth Avenue | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
Founded in 1954, The Empire Theatre has been a favourite since the beginning. With movies playing daily, a wide variety of food and drink and over 20 flavours of hard and soft serve ice cream, you won't be disappointed.
450 Second Avenue | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
Golfers will surely want to check out the Lee Golf Club, with its licensed and air-conditioned clubhouse and pro shop. Whether you want to lounge on the viewing deck or hit the nine holes yourself, or maybe even test your skills on the course’s signature hole number 6. No matter the day or time of year, you are sure to have a fantastic afternoon at Lee Golf Club.
1 Drury Park Road | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
The tourist attraction to visit in Cochrane! The Polar Bear Habitat is dedicated to, and setting the highest standards for the conservation, care and well being of polar bears. Currently the home of Ganuk and Henry, the polar bear habitat is world renowned for it’s ability to lengthen the lives of Polar Bears in captivity, while providing them an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat.
7 Tim Horton Drive | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
Cochrane’s unique recreational complex offers a state of the art Olympic sized pool, complete with a whirlpool, lazy river, waterslide and sauna in a simulated tropical beach setting. During the winter months, catch a game of the Cochrane Crunch, Cochrane’s own Junior A team. Sit in the Bears Den’s and get the VIP experience while watching the game.
7 Horton Drive | Cochrane, ON, P0L 1C0
Famous for donuts and playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs by most people, Horton is also a favourite Cochranite. Born in Cochrane, the Tim Horton Museum has more than 800 heirlooms portraying Horton’s hockey accomplishments. The museum features photos, books, jerseys and 568 pucks, representing the number of regular season and playoff points the hockey legend scored in the National Hockey League. Visit today at no cost.
Take advantage of abundant white gold and enjoy the 650 kilometres of well groomed, safe and adventurous snowmobile trails, all within Cochrane’s backyard! Our trail network features directional signs that extend to Greenwater Provincial Park, Smooth Rock Falls, Timmins, Iroquois Falls, and Québec. In addition to the trails network, we also feature an ample amount of local trails.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) regulates the snowmobile trail system in Ontario and trail permits are recognized throughout the province. Trail permits and maps are available at all snowmobile dealers in Cochrane.
Check of a dog sledding trip from your bucket list by visiting Cochrane to take in beautiful natural sites aboard a dog sled. Ravens Adventures have a variety of trips, whether they be day trips, overnight tours or just for a few hours. The folks at Ravens Adventures are sure to help you pick the perfect tour for your comfort level and sense of adventure, ensuring an unforgettable northern experience.
A large abundance of varied ATV and side by sides trails can be found directly within the Cochrane area. Plan your ATV, side by side, and even motorcycle touring vacation with Aventure Nord. Discover 9 different Northern Ontario loops that will take you through some of the best trail riding experiences.