1. 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, Professor of Geology. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


  6. Winter Ranching

    Photo: Ken Wright

    Here at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, land is leased to local 3J Farms, whose cattle play an important role in grassland management. With winter seeming to never end, we asked John Copithorne of 3J Farms how he and his cattle prepare for and manage the long winter months.

    How do you prepare for wintering cattle?

    A lot of preparation goes into getting cattle and infrastructure ready for a cold Alberta winter.

    In the fall, after the calves are weaned from the cows, we sort off any cattle that don’t look fit enough to endure a harsh winter. The remaining herd is moved to a pasture that has plenty of fresh grass, so that they can build up on body fat reserves before the cold weather hits.

    We spend a lot of time working on cattle, waters and equipment in the fall, so that when needed, they hopefully will work as needed.

    Getting the necessary amount of feed moved to hay yards close to wintering grounds is also important in the fall.   

    What are the challenges of looking after cattle in the winter?

    The challenges to looking after cattle in the winter vary with temperature and snow amount.

    Do you feed them differently?

    As temperatures drop the amount of forage an animal needs rises.  An animal’s requirements for temps in the -10c or higher range are about 30-35lbs of forage daily. When the temps get in the -25c or lower and factor in wind chill, these daily requirements can rise to 35-40 lbs daily. The amount of snow can determine if we have to put forage out for the cow daily, or if she can still go graze on grasses for her daily forage needs.

    Our biggest challenge if the snow gets too deep and we have to feed the cows daily, is making sure that we can get our feed trucks to the cows through the snow. We are always having to plow snow to keep open passages to the feed grounds.

    Making sure that cattle waterers are working as well is a big challenge in -20c and colder temps. Water doesn’t like to stay in a liquid form in those temps!

    How do cows stay warm in the winter?

    Cows have an unbelievable internal furnace. The key to any furnace is keeping it stoked with good fuel.

    Lots of good grass, feed and shelter.  Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park provides plenty of those resources in spades. 

    Cows in good body condition, with thick hair coats, can endure very cold temps quit comfortably.

  7. Fat Bikes Return!

    Photo: Ken Wright

    Our March 9th Fat Bike Tour of the Ranch is fast approaching! We have sold out our morning tour but still have spots left for our afternoon tour. Learn all about the history and ecology of Glenbow Ranch while trying out fat biking! Tickets for those needing a fat bike are $60. However, if you own your own bike but what to come along for a guided tour, tickets are $35. Tickets include your tour, coffee and hot chocolate supplied by Cochrane Coffee Traders and swag from our event partners Bike Bros.

    This is an event you won’t want to miss!

  8. Braving the Cold on Family Day

    While the extreme cold kept a few participants with young children home, our Family Day Hike at the Ranch was a great time for those who bundled up and took part! The extreme cold temperatures and abundance of snow made for a perfect setting when Alan Sitter, our hike guide, described the bitter winter of 1883 that cost the lives of hundreds of cattle and changed the course of ranching in Southern Alberta. Dozens of deer were out too, digging in the snow to reach food sources – in particular, juniper, which deer eat for its calcium. All in all, it was an informative and fun hike.

    Thank you to Alan and all who took part! Our next guided hike is scheduled to take place May 25th.

  9. Cochrane Eagle: Glenbow Ranch planning massive Indigenous celebration

    Mark June 21 on your calendars as Glenbow Ranch is planning a massive celebration for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

    Sarah Parker, the park’s executive director, said while it is still early in the planning stages the park is looking to create a day that showcases all Indigenous culture has to offer.

    From dancing and drumming to Indigenous games, she said the event will be something for the whole family.

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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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