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Cochrane, Ontario

Cochrane is a town with 5000 residents located  in northeastern Ontario  about 300 kilometers north of Timmins. Cochrane lies on a bend in the Northern Route of the Trans Canada Highway #11, about 150 km NW of Kirkland Lake and about 120 km SE of Kapuskasing.

Cochrane is a small town in Northern Ontario that offers a variety of outdoor recreation and cultural attractions for visitors.  The town is also known for its rich cultural heritage, which is celebrated through a variety of festivals and events throughout the year.

 

 

Cochrane History

The area was originally inhabited by indigenous people including the Ojibwe and Cree.

In the late 1800s, the National Transcontinental Railway was built through the region, and connected eastern and western Canada (now CN). Cochrane was founded in 1908 as a divisional point on the  railway for refueling, rewatering, and crew changes. Cochrane grew rapidly as a result of its strategic location, and it became an important transportation hub for the region.

The town was named after Francis Cochrane, a prominent Canadian politician and businessman who played a key role in the development of the National Transcontinental Railway.

During the early years of the town’s development, many of the buildings were constructed using local timber, which was readily available in the surrounding forests. The first school in the town was established in 1910, and a post office was opened in 1912.

In the decades that followed, Cochrane became an important center for mining, forestry, and tourism, and it remains a vibrant and thriving community to this day.

Cochrane Attractions

Polar Bear Habitat

1 Drury Park Road, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
(705) 272-2327.
Website https://polarbearhabitat.ca/

This facility offers a unique opportunity to see polar bears up close, in a habitat designed to mimic their natural environment. Contact the facility for more information:

Heritage Village

This outdoor museum features a collection of historic buildings and exhibits related to the town’s history, as well as a gift shop and picnic area. Contact the Cochrane Public Library for more information:
(705) 272-4178.
Website https://cochranelibrary.ca/heritage-village

Tim Horton Event Centre

148 6th Avenue, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
(705) 272-5450.
Website https://thecentrecpr.ca/

This sports facility hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including hockey games, concerts, and trade shows. Contact the centre for more information:

Cochrane Golf Club

This scenic golf course offers a challenging round of golf in a beautiful natural setting. Contact the club for more information:
Highway 579, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
(705) 272-5354.
Website https://cochranegolfclub.ca/

Commando Lake Park

Commando Lake Road, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0

A park offering camping, fishing, boating, and outdoor activities in a scenic setting.

Cochrane Railway Station

200 Railway Street, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
705-272-4020
Website: Cochrane Railway Station

Explore the historic train station and learn about the town’s railway heritage.

Polar Bear Express

Ontario Northland Railway

800.265.2356 or 705.272.4228

Website https://www.ontarionorthland.ca/en/polar-bear-express-travel-information

Cochrane  is the southern terminus of the Ontario Northland Railway’s Polar Bear Express. This iconic train journey connects Cochrane to the remote town of Moosonee on the shores of James Bay. The train ride offers stunning views of Northern Ontario’s landscapes and provides a unique way to experience the region.  The train departs Cochrane at 9 am and the return train arrives back at 10 pm

Museum and Historical Society of Timiskaming

21 9th Street, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
705-272-4555
Website: Museum and Historical Society of Timiskaming

Discover local history and artifacts related to the Timiskaming District

Cochrane Curling Club

156 6th Avenue, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
705-272-5371

A venue for curling enthusiasts to enjoy the sport and participate in leagues.

Cochrane Farmer’s Market

Commando Lake Park, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0

Shop for fresh produce, crafts, and local products at the seasonal farmer’s market

Cochrane Ontario Area Map