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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Hwy 540 W | Longview, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
403 395 2212
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Longview
Type: Historic Sites
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Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Like all National Historic sites, the Bar U is very well done. Each building that you enter gives another glimpse into a real working ranch. Where there is a staff member they are very knowledgeable. Usually from the area and usually with a ranch background so their stories are very interesting. Or maybe they'll offer you a coffee brewed over... More

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Okotoks, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Bar U Ranch Historical Site is truly great - great insight into what live was like for the early ranchers. The staff are great and answer questions happily and with knowledge. Only down side is the café - if you can avoid eating a meal there do so. Cost over $25.00 for a soup / sandwich that was made... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My whole family and I totally enjoyed our visit a the Bar U. There is so much hidden history here. The staff have so many stories to tell. After our visit we were so proud on having this fine institution within our great country. A special thanks to the staff.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

On a scalding hot August day, my husband and I drove the scenic and historic Cowboy Trail to the ranch. Despite the recent flooding, the ranch was open and dry. The ranch is well-maintained and staffed with knowledgeable reinactors. Wear comfortable shoes and make sure you have some water on a hot day. The various buildings had informative displays and... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Excellent setup with lots to see. Very friendly staff who told great stories and were obviously having fun. A long drive from Calgary for only 2 hours

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was a visit really made to take a break from driving, we had driven about 180km along a deserted prairie road and were grateful for anything. What we found was an excellent attraction, well set out and interpreted. All the people looking after the place were informative and friendly. It's a bit like a rural Fort Steele or Beamish... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We spent a couple of hours exploring this site, and found it very interesting. Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We almost had the place to ourselves, apart from a junior school group, which hardly impinged on us at all. There are lots of information boards explaining the things on display and how these relate to the history of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Spent a day here recently and it was really interesting. The main dining area has literally hundreds of different brands used to identify cattle on the various ranches in this area of Alberta. Lots of history showcased by the info posters on the wall and very friendly people. Lunch was a delicious (and healthy) bison burger, along with a side... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Went to this ranch's dining room on thursday after a recommendation from friends. Had live music, local fellow playing guitar and singing, was very good. Food is inexpensive and wings on wing nite were wonderful. Heard several people giving their thumbsup on the steak sandwich, so must be quite good. Gals serving the drinks and food were terrific and friendly.

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Mississauga, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Even people who live or spend much of their time in Calgary might not have made it out to this historic site, which is a little out of the way. At the time of my visit, the ranch had recently re-opened post-flood and was still in the process of recovering (the area across the bridge was closed due to the... More

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