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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

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Address: Hwy 540 W | Longview, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 403 395 2212
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Worth the drive

My wife and I visited the Bar U after hearing about it from our daughter. We drove down from Calgary and we really enjoyed the experience. There are some wonderful and very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Richard P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the Bar U after hearing about it from our daughter. We drove down from Calgary and we really enjoyed the experience. There are some wonderful and very authentic people working the ranch and have a wealth of knowledge about the ranch, its history and its place in Alberta's and Canada's development. Very enjoyable.

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Thank Richard P
Welland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a very interesting stop along the Cowboy Trail, as it detailed the history of Canadian ranching. What made this visit special were the people at the various buildings who provided detailed information on the hardships endured by the men and women who worked in the cattle industry.

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Thank GregWelland
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent historic ranch that takes you back in time to she how cowboys lived their life. Really a cool place with great restoration of times past. Lots to see and do, wagon rides with Perchon horses, cowboy coffee, tea and cowboy cookies and friendly staff.

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Thank Garry L
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the Bar U ranch many times over the years. It's a nice drive out there and quite peaceful. The site requires lots of walking, so dress appropriately. Also the weather can be quite different out there, so pack accordingly. Once on site, there's not too much to see but it still is a good day trip.

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Thank Erin S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice place to take the family to have a relaxing time. I have two fifteen year olds and they didn't complain so that usually means they liked it. We ate there as well and the food was bad at all. The service at the restaurant was very good and all the staff were friendly and polite. I... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This ranch is very beautiful to see. Tak e a camera. Inside the viator center is a restaurant, gift shop and historic pictures of the ranch.

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Thank Edwinhill01
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This stop was so informative. We listened to a talk about the history of the ranch and the breeding of Percherons at the Bar U. I got to touch and hold one of the beautiful Percherons. This was a great stop. You can go and walk around the ranch. The people at this historic site are very helpful. The sculpture... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bar U Ranch is a part of the National Parks system and a National Historic Site located about an hour SW of Calgary, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A short drive south on Hwy 22, The Cowboy Trail, to the junction with Hwy 540 brings you to a gem that till now has been overlooked by to... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About 14 km out of Longview this is a nice bicycle tour break. Food was good and the history is well presented. My national parks pass was accepted here.

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Thank Eric G
Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a great place to visit. Learned a lot about the history of ranching. Well educated interpreters. Something interesting for all ages.

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Thank Evelin K

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