History & Culture


PREHISTORIC PAST

Ancient camps of tipi rings, cairns, and bison kill sites evidence native people using the site as long as 4,000 years ago. Research may reveal activity reaching as far back as 12,000 years.


RANCHING

Established in 1881, the Cochrane Ranch was the first of the big Western Canadian ranches. It soon became apparent , however, that domestic cattle did not have the same ability to survive harsh Canadian winters as the native bison. Lessons learned from Cochrane’s misfortune have led to great success by generations of cattle ranchers in southern Alberta.


GLENBOW QUARRY & TOWN

The Glenbow Quarry provided sandstone for Alberta’s Legislature building, and Calgary’s Land Titles building and Court House. At the height of the quarry’s success, 150 residents called Glenbow home.

Though the Post Office and General Store are all that remain, the ghosts of Glenbow past have many stories to tell.


RAILWAY

The Canadian Pacific Railway reached Cochrane in the fall of 1883, opening the Canadian West to settlement and industry.

Over 125 years later, trains continue their cross-country trek through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Contact Us

FOR PROGRAMS: 403-851-9053 or
experienceglenbow@grpf.ca

SnailMail: 255001 Glenbow Road

Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7

Phone: 403-851-9053

Email: experienceglenbow@grpf.ca

STEWARDS ZONE

Park Hours                                                                                                                                                                     The park is open for your enjoyment Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

Visitor Information Centre                                                                                                                                       Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability:

*During inclement weather, or when the road conditions on Glenbow Road are impassable for cars, the centre will remain closed.

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