Mitford Park is one of Cochrane’s best kept secrets, similar to its namesake, even though it is accessible right off Highway 22 and borders a number of motels in town.Mitford, Alberta, was a thriving community west of Cochrane that had a short life near the turn of the 20th century, when, like so many other Alberta communities, it was deserted. Mitford Park conjures up that mystery, especially in the early summer and fall mornings when the mist envelopes the meadows and the ponds.Enjoy the amenities provided throughout the park which runs parallel to the Bow River, such as two baseball diamonds, a covered stage and an adjoining soccer/rugby pitch.Mitford Park has played host to several community events including the Summer and Winter Festivals, as well as the annual Canada Day Festival and several summer concerts. However, the 34 hectares of greenspace has much more to offer for the whole family than just events.Picnic at several different tables and benches scattered throughout the park amidst the stunning scenery or let the kids loose at the adjoining skateboard park to burn off some energy. Take a hike or bike on the paved paths. Head west and witness the stunning vista of the mountains or if you feel a little more daring walk along the dirt trails which snakes overlooking the Bow River.There are two ponds in the park and the upper pond is maintained for skating and shinny in the winter. Swimming is not allowed in the ponds that are stocked annually with rainbow trout, but visitors are more than welcome to cast a line in the water.It is easy to become one with nature in Mitford Park. Enjoy the tranquility as deer graze in the meadow or the amusing antics of a geese family that nests annually near the ponds. Majestic bald eagles soar high above the river or watch in awe as osprey hover, and eventually dive at break-neck speeds to catch a fish. Great Blue Herons like to sit at the water’s edge of the ponds and do a little fishing of their own as the sun sets in the western sky. Bring a camera because you’ll want to capture the stunning Alberta sunsets and those picturesque moments that nature offers.