Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Cochrane are our Stomping Grounds! Make them yours!
Planning to come to the park? Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
Make certain that you are aware of any trail closures. These will be updated regularly, based on the Park’s Operational requirements.
Reduce Your Impact, Increase Your Enjoyment
At present the only public road access and developed parking is at the end of Glenbow Road. The parking facilities that have been constructed were designed and built to accommodate the largest number of vehicles possible, but this is only about 100 cars. We are unable to expand present parking simply due to the fact that the topography of the land and location of roads and buildings do not offer us any further space.
Please, come with your group, but keep your carbon footprint small – carpool and visit in non-peak times!
- Bring plenty of water. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a dry park. There is no access to potable or washing water.
- Don’t forget your snacks and layered clothing, including a hat and sturdy walking shoes.
- Please pack out as much of your garbage as possible.
- In the summer, remember your sunscreen and bug repellent. In the winter, make sure you dress appropriately.
- Be aware that the pathways have many steep sections, and there can be long distances between parking lots, washrooms, and viewpoints.
How To Get Here
- Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is:
- approximately 34 kilometres or a 35-minute drive from downtown Calgary, or
- approximately 4 kilometres or a 5-minute drive from the Town of Cochrane.
- Access to the Park is from Glenbow Road, off of Highway 1A. Upgrades to this intersection are currently underway, so please use caution.
- Drive carefully and slowly on Glenbow Road. Watch for pedestrians and wildlife, and respect the privacy of those living near the park.
- All vehicles must park in designated areas only.
When You Arrive
- Park map signage is located online, at the main parking lot, and trailside locations throughout the park. You can purchase trail maps at the Visitor Centre when it is open (please note that Visitor Centre hours change based on season, and it is advisable to check these before you come). Use these to locate washroom facilities, picnic areas, emergency contact numbers, and to plan your walking and cycling routes.
- Glenbow Ranch is a day-use park; there is no overnight camping, no camp fires, and the park is open during daylight hours.
- Keep your dogs on leash and pick up after them at all times.
- Stay on designated pathways.
What To Do When You Get Here?
Check out our Park Events Calender! Though our prime programming season is May through August each year, we do have programs offered from September through April as well. Make the most of your visit and let us share with you our passion for this awesome park!