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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Township Rd 17B and Township Rd 17A, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
+1 403-395-3044
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A great way to spend an afternoon and learn about Alberta's ranching history

This was my first visit to Bar U Ranch and it will not be my last. With Parks Canada 150... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cathy P
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Calgary, Canada
Historic relaxing

Nice time spent outdoors learning about history of the area and ranching. Be prepared for walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JER154984
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Burlington, Canada
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The Bar U Ranch is the only Parks Canada-administered National Historic Site that commemorates the importance of ranching to Canada. Founded in 1882 as the Northwest Cattle Company, the Bar U was one of the first and most enduring of the large corporate ranches established in southern Alberta. Three key personalities guided the ranch through seven decades of change up to 1950: Fred Stimson set the foundation and infrastructure for the Bar U Ranch, which under George Lane achieved international repute as a centre of breeding excellence for cattle and purebred Percheron horses. Patrick Burns and his company modernized the ranch by replacing horses with tractors and streamlined operations which took the Bar U though the depression and World War II. Explore one of the largest collections of original buildings in Canada. Treasures include the blacksmith shop, harness repair shop, roundup camp and saddlehorse barn. Taste the freshly-baked cookies at the cookhouse, hear the clattering hooves of our Percheron team and smell the cowboy coffee roasting over an open fire. Experience life on the ranch from 100 years ago. On the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is only an hour’s drive from Calgary.
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Township Rd 17B and Township Rd 17A, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first visit to Bar U Ranch and it will not be my last. With Parks Canada 150 celebration, I wanted to visit some of the parks close to Calgary that don't get the visitation of Banff National Park. The favorite part of...More

Thank Cathy P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice time spent outdoors learning about history of the area and ranching. Be prepared for walking between the buildings. A horse drawn wagon is available to bring you down to the actual site but it's an easy walk if you are able. Staff are friendly....More

Thank JER154984
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have only been the once but will return for sure its a very nice place to wander round and just have a very nice slow day. The camp coffee is very nice too.

Thank davebloggs007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bar U Ranch is a rich piece of history in Alberta, situated in a stunning location with incredible views. There are numerous activities to do and historic buildings to walk through. Make sure you sit and listen to the cowboy story about the history...More

Thank juliatr2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Bar U Ranch is a rather recent addition to Canada's historic sites. This site is well worth the visit. The best part of visiting this site is visiting with the staff, most of whom are descendants of the owners and cowboys who worked this...More

Thank Doug W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove out to the Bar U from Calgary and the drive was great. There were volunteers guiding us into the parking area and also inside handing out Canadian flags, Canadian flag pins and a brochure showing the various buildings to view down the hill...More

Thank BeCoBl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this well preserved piece of Canadian history. We spent a little over 3 hours and could have stayed longer. Lariat practice, branding, and cookies in the bakehouse. The very best thing for our group of 3 adults was talking to Bruce and the...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you do on own/self guided, you'll miss lots. I listened in on a 70 something year old leading a school tour and learned so much more. People in period costumes also have rehearsed talks for school tours but not for self-guided -- have to...More

Thank paul m
Reviewed 17 June 2017

There is a lot to see and learn about farming. If you have lots of time, walking would be a great choice. Also, one can take a wagon ride which is fun and the guide is informative. One of my favorite places to stop is...More

Thank Annette P
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We really enjoyed visiting the ranch. You are able to walk around with the map and tour the buildings and grounds by yourself. We were lucky to meet 2 retired gentlemen that worked there. I wish I could remember their names. They told us a...More

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