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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 #1 of 2 attractions in Longview
Type: Historic Sites
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BC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Delta, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I spent a day with a good friend at the Bar U Ranch outside of Calgary during my recent visit to Alberta. This National Historic site was one of the first large corporate ranches in Canada and has been well-preserved. Nestled in the foothills with Pekisko Creek running through and the Rocky Mountains in the background; time stands still here.The... More

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Ontario, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is a great one-stop place to learn a lot about ranching and about some of the men involved in its development in Alberta. The displays are good, particularly the cookhouse and the chuck wagon, and the staff have lots of information and lots of enthusiasm for their subject. They do offer wagon tours for people who couldn't make it... More

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Iowa
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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

There's a reason the Bar-U Ranch is a national historic site. It was one of the most famous ranches in western Canada. The owners included the founders of the Calgary Stampede, the ranch hands included the Sundance Kid, and among its visitors and neighbors was Edward VII, Duke of Windsor. The Bar U is located off highway 22, Alberta's Cowboy... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

For years, a friend of ours from Southern Alberta implored us to visit Bar U. On our last visit, we finally decided to take his advice. We quickly realized we should have come to the Bar U long ago. What a wonderful spot. The admission fee is minimal. The gift shop is loaded. The restaurant food is absolutely delicious (as... More

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I would highly recommend a visit to this site. Parks Canada has done a great job of keeping the ranch true to it's historical roots. Lots of good information and your free to wander around. I particularly enjoyed the wagon ride down to the ranch and the "tall tales" passed on by the wagon driver. The stories were so good... More

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High River, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We went to watch the Ranch Rodeo. This was a new experience for us but the announcer clearly explained the rules for each event. We have toured this site before. Lots of interesting things to see. You have to pay a fee to get in because it is a National Historic Site.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I'm fortunate enough to have had 2 visits to the Bar U. What a wonderful experience! Set in the foothills it's one of the most beautiful and serene places I have ever visited. The people who work there are dedicated and extremely knowledge about the history and experience of ranching in Canada. They clearly live and love what they do!

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Okotoks, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Used to take our boys there once or twice a year when they were young. The open houses are always fun. Definitely worth a visit during the season. If you're planning on visiting make sure you check with the Canada Parks website to see if Bar U is open.

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