What to do and see in Cochrane, Ontario: The Best Places and Tips

Discover the best top things to do in Cochrane, Canada including Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Village, Polar Bear Provincial Park, Polar Bear Express, Cochrane Air Services, Lee Golf Club, Ravens Adventures Dogsled Tours.

1. Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Village

1 Drury Park Road | Highway 11 North, Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0, Canada Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Village

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is a results and action driven research and education centre that unites and inspires people to learn more about polar bears, their care and conservation. The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is both the largest, and the only human care facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. With 7 hectares of pristine, natural environment categorized as sub-arctic, the habitat also features the world’s largest enclosed lake that provides an ice platform for up to 7 months of the year. We are here for the bears. We know the best place for polar bears is their natural environment in the wild, but we are committed to raising the standard of care for the bears that could not survive there. If polar bears have to be in human care, our staff and supporters deserve to be justified in the reasons for doing so. Knowing we are learning as much as we can, while actively improving their lives, compels our passionate mission.

Reviewed By ldemme26 - Timmins, Ontario, CanadaTimmins, Ontario, Canada

See the polar bears swimming

Went with grandkids hoping that they could see the bears swimming. We only saw one bear and it did not approach where the kids could have seen them swimming. The kids were very disappointed

2. Polar Bear Provincial Park

730 2 Third Ave, Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails More
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5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By CyberKat_CB - Stoney Creek, CanadaStoney Creek, Canada

This Habitat should not be missed if you are in Cochrane

The habitat has 3 polar bears that cannot survive in the wild. In fact, one of them comes from an Australian zoo. The habitat is clear and comfortable for the bears and gives them lots of stimulus to amuse them. The open gates to an large area which conta

3. Polar Bear Express

Enter a destinationCochrane, Canada
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3.5 based on 59 reviews

Polar Bear Express

A 186-mile train ride from Cochrane to Moosonee. Flag stops include Island Falls, Fraserdale, Otter Rapids, Onakawana, Moose River.

Reviewed By Line V

My Take

Moosonee has a very special place in my heart. You see, I started Kindergarten there in 1967. My family lived there for three years. My father worked for the Department of National Defense as a civilian Electrician. We were the first civilians to live on the base. Our floor,in the house, was plywood. Very rustic. My mother, pregnant and in labour, crossed the river to Moose Factory to give birth in the only hospital there, an old Tuberculosis sanitarium, in 1965. That’s a story in itself. One day, my little brother went missing. My mother searched and searched, afraid he had gone to the river bank. He hadn’t. She went to the center of town, which isn’t very big, and saw a clutter of Indigenous peoples gathered around the local Hudson’s Bay store front window, laughing and pointing. There, all sprawled out in the displayed lazyboy recliner, was my 4 year old brother sleeping with chocolate all over his face. We moved out in 1968. As I was growing up, my father used to play music in the entertainment car on the Polar Bear Express, on weekends. I remember accompanying him on occasion, standing beside the piano. Life took us to Abitibi Canyon, a little Hydro Community, 70 miles south of James Bay. Some summers, my family would take the train to Moosonee for a day trip. My brothers, sister and I would run up and down the cars. After I got married, I took my husband on a trip at eight months pregnant. I took the same trip to Moose Factory my mother had taken. Although, I didn’t have the baby, it was still meaningful for me. My sister bought her husband, the Italian, along with my parents, to Moosonee. When he peered inside the teepee, from some cajoling from my father, he came face to face with a toothless old Indigenous woman offering him some bannock. Him, being a denturist, almost died. I know, that Moosonee isn’t for everyone, but there were memories made there by people, and still are. I’ll never forget mine.

4. Cochrane Air Services

Enter a destinationCochrane, Canada
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4 based on 5 reviews

Cochrane Air Services

Reviewed By WJR47 - Port Colborne, CanadaPort Colborne, Canada

Late August outpost stay

Many years ago, I fished at Cochrane Air's outposts and Kesagami Wilderness Lodge - both out of the Cochrane Air airbase on Lillabelle Lake. This year I asked them to put us into a small, shallow lake with great walleye fishing (and some pike). Several lake choices were considered but we ended up at a small outpost on what is primarily a site used for moose hunting. However, the fishing was great !The small outpost slept four, but because there were only two of us, we had more than enough room. It was basic, of course, with bunks, propane appliances - fridge/freezer, countertop 3-burner "stove" (no oven), lights, and the iconic outhouse / WC. All very functional.The walleye fishing produced plenty of fish in the 18 - 22" range, but "eaters" smaller than that were few in number. Not a bad problem ! While many small pike were caught while fishing walleyes, 34" and 40" northerns were caught.A family of otters used the lake and weren't shy about being nearby and, as one might expect, loons and beaver were commonly seen & heard on the lake.The dock staff & pilot were professional, friendly & efficient - loading & unloading the plane, checking the camp equipment, boats, motors, weight allowances, ...We'll be fishing with Cochrane Air again.

5. Lee Golf Club

450 2nd Ave, Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0, Canada Outdoor Activities, Golf Courses
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4 based on 4 reviews

Lee Golf Club

Reviewed By SRQwanderer - Bradenton, FloridaBradenton, Florida

Well maintained; relatively fast greens; some interestingly challenging holes

I have played one round at Lee Golf Club for each of the past five years. The course is basically a 9-hole course which plays to some 5520 yards for 18 holes, with three par 3's resulting in a nominal par 70. Three or four holes have two separate tees to

6. Ravens Adventures Dogsled Tours

Cochrane, Ontario, Canada Outdoor Activities, Ski & Snow Tours
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5 based on 1 reviews

Ravens Adventures Dogsled Tours

Reviewed By JiggsyJiggs - Guelph, CanadaGuelph, Canada

Dogsledding

We had an amazing experience! Did the one hour tour. Well worth the price. Definitely a ‘bucket list’ item

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