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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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For maximum benefit, get an interpreter tour

If you do on own/self guided, you'll miss lots. I listened in on a 70 something year old leading a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
paul m
Burlington, Canada
A Must visit if you want to know about farming in the past and present

There is a lot to see and learn about farming. If you have lots of time, walking would be a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Annette P
Okotoks, 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
+1 403-395-3044
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Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank kat234-12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove quite a distance from Banff to Bar U Ranch. The reviews were great and we were looking forward to visiting the historic site and getting some hands-on participation in the activities that the website had highlighted e.g. roping, wagon-ride, coffee at roundup camp....More

1  Thank kaira428
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance is free in 2017 as part of the Parks Canada promotion. In late May and early June crowds are small. The historical buildings are kept from the golden age of the ranch when it was famous for its Percheron horses.

Thank Alan N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Hubs and I finally dragged ourselves down to check out this historical site, and were not disappointed. We both eagerly enjoy historical places and opportunities to learn more about the history of Alberta and Canada. Every employee greeted us with superior friendliness and were...More

Thank H0nestH0telReview
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Today 5/25/17 my husband and I went to the Bar U Ranch Historic Site after looking at the website. We decided to visit because there was a wagon that would take us from the visitors center to the village and return to the visitors center...More

2  Thank maine4me
Reviewed 19 May 2017

First of all read their own website for open hours. We went by tripadvisor and it said 9 am when it was 10 but they let us into bldg and we watched the movie. I loved that the buildings are original. It took us over...More

Thank treetrippers
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Out for a day trip and stopped in to check out the interpretive centre. It was a real treat to peruse the info that was available. Pretty incredible history of ranching and living in southern Alberta!

Thank scottntammy
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This National Historic Site is the only one to preserve the memory of Canada's ranching industry, which was so critical to its economic and social development. The Bar U was one of Canada's leading commercial ranching operations, specializing in cattle, Percheron horse (French draft horses,...More

1  Thank mrsagf
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