1. News: Indigenous Day Set for August 23rd!

    After much planning and coordinating the new date for our Indigenous Day event will be AUGUST 23rd! Mark your calendars and come out and enjoy a celebration of the traditions and culture of the Stoney Nakoda people.

    If you have inquiries, questions or are interested in being a vendor please contact Sarah Parker at 403-851-9053.

  2. Update: Indigenous Day Postponed!

    Unfortunately due to the intense rains and flooding on our event field we have been forced to cancel our Indigenous Day event today. However, the good news is we are already planning a new date to reschedule it! Stay tuned for the new date and details!! Stay dry everyone!!

  3. In the News: Cochrane Set to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

    June 21 is Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to celebrate the history of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people in Canada , and Cochrane has a some big celebrations planed in conjunction with the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Along with Mitford School and Holy Spirit School, Glenbow Ranch Provincial park is planning a major event.

    Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

    On June 21, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park has a massive event planned complete with everything from traditional music, games and art, to educational walking tours.

    Kicking off at Noon the four-hour event will be a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage.

    Sarah Parker, executive director of the park, who is excited about what is planned for the day, said the entire program has been created in partnership with the Stoney Nakoda Nation thanks to the cooperation of Stoney Elder Virgle Stephens.

    Highlights of the day’s events include a walking tour that will identify species native to the park and their traditional Stoney names and uses. Glenbow Elementary School students have also contributed to this knowledge through an art research project.

    “Glenbow elementary students have done some beautiful artwork and research on fauna and flora,” said Parker, adding each piece displays both the English and Stoney name of the species.

    Additional artwork from Glenbow’s Warrior Paint: A Culture of Caring collection will also be on display throughout the day. Starting in 2013, students in Glenbow school’s Roots and Wings program began painting greeting cards depicting their ancestors. The cards are sold in support of the Morley Iyahrhe Nakoda Food Bank Society and to date the work has raised nearly $10,000. It is a special treat to have pieces of the collection at the park, they are usually displayed at the Peter Lougheed Visitors Centre.

    “There will be lots of learning opportunities, lots of hands-on learning and lots of great entertainment,” said Parker.

    Organizers have also made accommodations to get people from Cochrane and Morley to the event via a free shuttle service. Those wishing to take advantage of the shuttle are asked to register online at https://www.grpf.ca/indigenous-day. Parker said the shuttle will help alleviate parking strains. Those who do want to drive are recommended to carpool as space is extremely limited.

    Aside from the learning opportunities, there will also be the opportunity to buy traditional Indigenous arts and crafts at the vendor market. Parker said there is still space available and those interested in attending can contact the park for details.

    Parker said everyone at the park is excited for the day and she sees it as a great opportunity to educate more people about Indigenous culture.

    “It’s a great way to get to know your Stoney neighbours and celebrate community,” she said.

    Read the full article here

  4. Park Talk: Pilgrimage, Sanctuary, and the Place of Parks & Nature at End of Life

    We all feel it – whether looking outside, in a field, at a beach, or on a mountain – nature gives us perspective about life and death. In her talk “Pilgrimage, sanctuary, and the place of parks and nature at end of life” Dr. Sonya Jakubec will explain the background and lessons learned from a collection of Alberta Parks sponsored studies of park access and experiences for people in palliative care and grief and loss.  Through research discoveries, stories and documentary film, Sonya will share accounts of pilgrimage and sanctuary – and the ways parks and nature provide peace and comfort at end of life. Join us for this life affirming journey with your interest, dialogue and discussion – after all, nothing is more natural than death and loss!

    Don’t miss out on this unique talk, it is going to be a great evening!!

    When:June 18th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Cochrane Public Library

    Cost: Free! But please think about donating so we can continue these great talks!

    About Dr. Sonya Jakubec: Dr. Sonya Jakubec is a Registered Nurse, and Professor in he School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Her research alongside community, provincial, national organizations is concerned with the interconnection of supportive environments and well-being across the lifespan.

  5. News: Don’t Miss Out on our Geology Golf Cart Tour!

    Ever wondered why the Rockies exist to the west of Glenbow Ranch, and not to the East? What would Senator Cochrane’s crew have encountered digging a humongous water well on Glenbow Ranch? Why are springs critical to the ecosystems in the park? What will the Bow Valley look like in 40,000 years into the future? Join Michael Taylor on a wander through the geological ages of Glenbow Ranch, and see the park through the eyes and imagination of a veteran field geologist.

    When: June 1st at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – meet in the parking lot. Where: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Cost: $25 per person Maximum 15 people

    Make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly and of course bring your camera!

    Register here to reserve your spot!!

  6. Park Talk: The Invisible Micro-Universe

    Ready to explore the world you can’t see?! Robert Berland’s presentation will include a wide variety of photographs and movies of micro-organisms found living in ponds, rivers, streams, moss and fields including close-ups of arthropods, protozoa, and tardigrades (water bears). This amazing universe of organisms is all around us, and these aliens can be photographed with a microscope and digital camera.

    Most people have never seen the alien life that lives in our backyard, our gutters, and bird baths. Some of these tiny complex creatures do not age, they can withstand Ultra-violet light, X-rays, extreme temperatures, desiccation and even survive in the vacuum and cold of outer space.

    When: May 21st from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Cochrane Public Library

    About Robert Berdan: Dr. Robert Berdan is a professional nature photographer living in Calgary, AB specializing in nature, wildlife and science photography. Robert retired from Cell/Neurobiology research to take up photography full time years ago. Robert offers photo guiding and private instruction in all aspects of nature photography, Photoshop training, photomicrography, and macrophotography. His most recent photography focuses on the micro-world around us.

  7. News: Indigenous Peoples Day

    In celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day, GRPF will be hosting a day filled with traditional Indigenous dance, music, singing, art and asport. Our goal is to bring the spirit of reconciliation to life through learning, gratitude and fun. It will be a day of celebration, learning, and sharing!

  8. News: Coming Soon!! The Best of Glenbow Bike Tours

    Discover the fascinating history and ecology of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park all while keeping fit and having fun! Our two-hour guided BYOB (Bring-Your-Own-Bike) tour will take you to the east end of our park showcasing historic points of interest, stunning vistas and a few great spots to rest and take in your surroundings. These tours are suitable for anyone able to cycle for a two-hour period. Although Glenbow Ranch is hilly, this tour is meant to be a fun ride and not a race.

    We have two tours scheduled for May 12th and 26th with many more to come in June, July and August. Keep an eye out on our ‘Events’ calendar as more will be added soon!

  9. Park Talk: Eagle Watch

    Ever wonder how fast North America’s largest bird of prey can dive?

    Since 1992, Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF) volunteers have performed annual raptor migration counts at the same site location in the Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

    The Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation is a non-profit organization, registered in the Province of Alberta, with Canadian charitable status. The Foundation is dedicated to the study of migrant and resident eagles and other birds of prey in the mountains of Western Canada.

    In addition to its scientific work, the Foundation is committed to educating people about birds of prey. This will help protect birds and their prey foods and habitats for the future.

    Come join us as we discuss these amazing birds and their annual journey through Kananaskis!

    April 23rd, 2019
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Cochrane Public Library
    405 Railway St. W.
    Please consider a donation to help support the Park Talks program.


255001 Glenbow Road
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7
Phone: 403-851-9053
Email: experienceglenbow@grpf.ca

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.





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