What to Do on a Day Trip to Cochrane

Delicious Nepalese cuisine, great book finds, indulgent spa days, golf course Korean cafés and wolfdogs can all be found here.

Illustration by Vanja Kragulj.

Eat Momos at Aama Nepalese Cuisine

Opened in August 2022, this popular Nepalese restaurant has since established itself as a go-to dining destination. Led by chef Gyanendra Sharma, the kitchen serves tempting dishes like braised lamb ribs, traditional Nepali meal platters known as thali, several kinds of momos (Tibetan dumplings) and more, in its colourful and welcoming dining room.

2106, 100 Horse Creek Rd., Cochrane, 403-376-6165, aamanepalesecuisine.ca, @aamanepalesecuisine


Treat Yourself at The Cave Sauna Day Spa

Rest and relaxation beckon at this day spa that offers Finnish and infrared saunas, salt and herbal inhalation rooms, a eucalyptus steam room, hydrotherapy, and more. After your treatments, luxuriate on a water-heated lounger in the tepidarium, a relaxation room scented with black grape essential oil.

316 3 St. W., Cochrane, 403-903-5821, cavesaunaspa.com, @thecavesaunadayspa


Pick Out a book at Found

Find your next new or used read at this cozy bookstore that offers plenty of seating to flip through titles and sip on a coffee. Pop down to the basement (known as the Vinyl Chapter) to browse the selection of vintage books and do some record shopping, too. The shop also holds events such as music concerts, book signings, workshops and more.

208 1 St. W., Cochrane, 587-788-3248, foundbookshop.com, @foundbookshop


Get a Taste of Korea at Wow Store

Wow Store may be located at the Cochrane Golf Club, but you don’t have to be a golfer to visit this foodie hotspot. Wow Store brings three Calgary dining concepts — Wow Chicken, Wow Bakery and Wow Cafe — into one convenient space, making it easy to get your fill of Korean fried chicken, baked goods like Earl Grey chiffon cake, gelato and more.

Cochrane Golf Club, 240 Riverview Dr., Cochrane, 587-362-2443, @wowstorecochrane


Learn More About Wolfdogs at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Kaida, Sequoi, Shadow, Loki, Nikki — these are just some of the 43 resident wolfdogs at this non-profit sanctuary just 20 minutes outside of Cochrane. Promoting wolfdog and wolf awareness and education, the 160-acre refuge is open daily for self-guided walks and offers guided and interactive tours on select dates.

263156 Range Road 53, Rocky View County, 587-890-9653, yamnuskawolfdogsanctuary.com, @yamnuskawdsanct

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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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