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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I traveled with friends through the turner valley and black diamond. On the way I saw the signe... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
Annelise W
Interesting place to visit.

Part of Canadian heritage. Old houses and buildings, old interiors. It was interesting to see how... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Jaroslaw C
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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...more
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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 November 12, 2018

I traveled with friends through the turner valley and black diamond. On the way I saw the signe from this historic site. What for a surprise we get there. Such a fantastic place. Alberta is full of surprises. Did not know that on this place...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Annelise W
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Part of Canadian heritage. Old houses and buildings, old interiors. It was interesting to see how cowboys lived and worked in rural Canada 100-150 years ago. Souvenir shop and restaurant on site. Interesting conversations with volunteers on site. Site managed by parks Canada. Scenic Road...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jaroslaw C
Reviewed September 13, 2018

We visited on a wet day and only spent an hour or so before the rain set in. Rich history and very knowledgeable staff. Would have liked to spend more time there but as I said weather was bad. The video was not being shown...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Les B
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This was the highlight of our day trip. Never Imagined we would spent hours walking around in amazement of this history filled Site. I learned alot about Cowboy life and what it meant to be a RANCH HAND. Life sure was tough for these frontiers...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rainer93
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Nestled in the Cowboy Belt (pun intended) and just off hwy 22 (cowboy trail), this delightful heritage site is a fun and informative must-do place. Explore the turn-of-the-century buildings and learn the cowboy ranching life, have a go with a lasso and hear the open...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 563simonb
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Be prepared for lots of walking through the trails and to the individual buildings. Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues or in +28 heat. Hoping to see more curators but only one when we went. Others were going on lunch or without. Cookhouse curator...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank onesmartcookie1
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Spent an entire morning here. Very friendly staff and some fantastic stories about the cattle industry in the late 1800s.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jim W
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Took the wagon ride tour, and we’re just driven by the bldgs, no stops. For $14:40 we expected more. Young guide was very pleasant, but responded more to questions than actually telling us things. Hard to see behind you when going by bldgs, and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. Really friendly staff. Great value for money. Great insight into ranching and Canadian history.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mark G
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

It was a pleasant surprise how inexpensive the entry was. There is ample parking. We didn’t have kids with us but those that were there seemed to love the open spaces and interesting facts presented by the “characters” and Kids go FREE. We enjoyed a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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June 19, 2016|
Response from Stay140180 |
there are very friendly and helpful staff available and they do have a movie room to show how the Bar U came into existence.