The Cochrane RancheHouse, formally known as the Western Heritage Centre, officially opened in June 2004. The origins of the Western Heritage Centre date to 1985 when its two founding groups, The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation and The Canadian Rodeo Historical Association came together to pursue a dream. Through the Western Heritage Centre Society, this dream unfolded over the ensuing decade as countless individuals, organizations and businesses gave of their time and money to promote the establishment of a Centre dedicated to the preservation and celebration of two heritages central to the spirit of the Canadian West. On July 1, 1996, this long-held dream became a reality when the Western Heritage Centre officially opened its doors to the public. At an original cost of $15,000,000 this spectacular ranch-styled building offers a scenic view of Alberta’s foothills and the Rocky Mountains. The Western Heritage Centre was purchased by the Town of Cochrane, and renovated into its current state. The building also is home to the Town’s Administration Offices on the second floor, west wing. The Cochrane RancheHouse offers extensive conference and hospitality facilities and services.