Bighorn Community Services department combines the areas of Community Supports, Culture, Parks and Recreation and Trails. Its focus is on supporting and enhancing the lives of Bighorn residents through programs and resources.

Under the advisement of the Community Services Board, the Community Services Coordinator works with organizations and individuals within our broad community to build capacity, foster connections and act as a facilitator for new projects and programs.


The MD is served by 211 – call 24/7 for access to community and social supports information and referrals

Dial 811 for Health Link -Free nurse advice and general health information for Albertans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For out-of-province or internet phone users, call 1-866-408-5465.

Community Services Important Phone Numbers


Alberta Human Servicesknow the numbers that help


Area Programs and Workshops

Information on the Fitness and General Interest courses the MD helps organize are found on the Learning Opportunities page.

Check out the Cochrane FCSS Newsletter and Bow Valley Interagency Newsletter for lots of area activities and information

Bow Valley Primary Care Network (PCN)Information, Programs and Services

Calgary Foothills PCNInformation and Services

Exshaw School Blog


New to the Community?

If you are new to the area – please view or download our welcome information here!


Community Security

Please be extra vigilant about securing your property and watching for any suspicious activity in your area please keep an eye on your neighbors places as well.
There have been many break-ins in Cochrane and Canmore lately and some attempts in hamlets during the day.  


Community Services Master Plan

The Community Services Master Plan (CSMP) is the guiding document for the provision of community services within the MD of Bighorn. The CSMP directs the activities of the Community Services Department in the areas of Culture, Family and Community Support Services, Sport and Recreation (including leisure programs, open spaces, parks, playgrounds, municipal reserves and trails).

MD of Bighorn VISION STATEMENT To continue to enjoy a high quality of life within a rural municipality that celebrates its heritage and protects and enhances its beautiful natural environment, and that is supported by a diverse and sustainable economy.

Community Services MISSION STATEMENT The MD of Bighorn Community Services Board acts as an advocate for community service needs. It encourages and supports community driven projects and activities that enhance the quality of life of MD residents.

You can download the CSMP here:
Community Services Master Plan – Rev 2013
MD Recreation Assets Inventory 2013
Community Services Action Plan 2013-17
Appendix A BYLAW 10-2011.CSB
Appendix B CS-7 Community Org Insurance Grants 05-2013
Appendix B CS-8 MD Grant Policy 06-2013
Appendix C CS-3 Playground Inspection 01-2017 and CS-10 Trail Maintenance Policy 01-2017 
Appendix D Trail Development and Management Guidelines 01-2017 (includes Trail Inventory)
Appendix E CS-4 Open Spaces 08-2011
Appendix F Community Engagement & Needs Survey Summaries


Deb Grady
Community Services Coordinator
403-673-3611, Ext. 223