Valentine's Day in Cochrane

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With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, it’s going to be a big one at the Cochrane Lions Event Centre on February 14. Jason Cote & Rolling Thunder are set to rock the Cochrane Lions Valentines Dance, with the show kicking off at 8 p.m.. There’s a $5 cash bar and concession on-site, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m..

The February 14 dance is an adults-only event, but the following afternoon at 4 p.m. there’s more seasonal festivities at the Cochrane Lions Event Centre in the form of the second annual Family Valentine’s Dance. Like the name suggests, this one is all-ages, with the $5 cash bar back open for the parents and a separate kids concession with snacks and drinks where everything is priced at a loonie. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5, and is free for those 12 and under. The February 15 dance will run from 4-7 p.m..

Further down the Cowboy Trail at Bragg Creek’s Powderhorn Saloon, the rustically-charming watering hole (that just celebrated its 40th anniversary) is home to the Valentine’s Day Boomer Dance Party. The Boomer Dance Party Band will rock tunes from the 50s to the 80s. There’s no cover, but attendees might want to get there ahead of time to secure a table and get a food order in before any sort of fun chaos gets going. The show runs from 8 p.m. until ‘late’.

Another date idea is the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary’s special Valentine’s Day-themed enrichment interpretive sessions at the sanctuary, to be held February 13-17. There’s a full schedule of activities each day including helping Rue paint a masterpiece, a pack howl and feeding the animals Valentine’s Day-themed goodies. There is an admission price that varies, with revenue an important segment of the sanctuary’s funding for their conservation work. More information on the Valentine’s Day weekend activities are available on


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