One thing I really love about Canada so far – there are walking paths everywhere! We are in Cochrane and there are paths all along the Bow River and all over Calgary, too. And the Canadians are using them! They are out riding their bikes, walking their dogs and pushing strollers with children.
When we first moved to Washington, DC in 2013 that was one of the things I loved, too. There are walking and biking paths all over DC – some in the heart of the city and others in parks where you wouldn’t even know you were in a big city if someone dropped you there. And in Georgetown, we saw lots of people walking with children and dogs.
I think because I loved the walking culture in DC I really fell in love with Alberta right away.
Everywhere we happened to be along the Bow River, there was a walking path. And in Cochrane there is a wide park with the walking path along the Bow River. It is also off-leash for dogs and James LOVED it. Every time we walked towards that park, he would start pulling and getting excited about running with all of his friends!
Cochrane is booming with new housing and shopping. It isn’t far to drive into Calgary and Cochrane is a nice quiet suburb with a cowboy feel (although most of Alberta has a cowboy feel I think – it is the home of Stampede after all!). I loved this new neighborhood along the Bow River:
Because of the terrain, a lot of the houses in Cochrane and leading to Calgary have views of the Bow River in the distance.
We had to leash James for these sunset photos – he kept wanting to run off and play with all of his friends!