Cochrane is best known as the birthplace of Tim Horton, the Hockey Hall of Fame member who founded the Tim Horton’s coffee and bakery shop chain. Cochrane was one of only seven Ontario small towns named in the Top 50 Small Towns in Canada. Cochrane is also famous for its Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat research centre and tourism attraction. The community offers an affordable quality of life for more than 5,000 people with its low-cost housing and higher than average salaries. The town’s main industries include forestry, mining and tourism, along with retail, service, public administration, health care and education sectors. Outdoor activities include swimming, fishing, camping, hockey, bowling, curling and skating.