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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, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Cochrane, Canada
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181 reviews 181 reviews
55 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

A wonderful spot, well maintained and interesting displays. A piece of living history in a wonderful setting and knowledgeable staff.

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Jerusalem
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110 reviews 110 reviews
74 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

With our tour bus we made a stop over at the ranch. Even it was snowing last night it was possible to see the area and have a feeling of the life in the ranch. The ranch has good facilities for a lunch for large groups, very good organized. It is also possible to learn about the history of the... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a pleasant stop to tour historic buildings representing what ranch life was like. Tours are guided by cowboys who tell stories and recite poetry. You can ride a horse drawn carriage to the buildings if needed. There is a nice gift shop and restaurant out front with restrooms. Deli sandwiches in restaurant were good.

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Lovely historical site beautifully presented with great staff presenting and explaining stories of the past. The importance of this ranch in history is not to be ignored. A fantastic learning experience for all ages!

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Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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