The Towns and Cities
of Northern Ontario
Cochrane Ontario - James Bay Frontier
The community of Cochrane is located
in the heart of the Great Claybelt of Northeastern Ontario. The area
has much to offer the traveler looking to experience nature. The
four seasons offer their own distinct activities and natural beauty,
from the vast expanses of unblemished snow to the full grown beauty
of the summer months.
With the many rivers, lakes, forests and clean air, the area is a
haven to those needing to get away from it all.
Cochrane offers many year round and seasonal activities. Some people
have trouble imagining there are places in Ontario unreachable by
road, however, their views change when they experience the land on
board the Polar Bear Express. For more than 30 years, this train has
carried hundreds of thousands of riders from all over to the edge of
the Arctic. The Polar Bear Express makes the 186 mile passage every
summer across the James Bay lowlands to the tiny communities of
Moosonee and Moose Factory.
Greenwater Provincial Park is home to several lakes that are stocked
with lake and rainbow trout. Other lakes and streams in the park
offer the possibility of catching northern pike, pickerel or perch.
Greenwater is a canoeist haven and the park offers many interesting
and different-leveled hiking trails.
Cochrane and its surrounding area can always be counted on to
provide plenty of snow for winter activities. By early December
snowmobiling conditions are world class, with snow packed trails
that will provide superb riding conditions right through to April.
Snowmobile contributes greatly to the estimated 30,000 people who
travel into Cochrane every year.
The area is famous for its trophy moose. Traditionally this area
produces the hunting adventure of a lifetime. Good ruffed grouse or
"partridge" hunting can also be found throughout many places in the
Cochrane – the playground of the North.