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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Township Rd 17B and Township Rd 17A, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
+1 403-395-3044
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Great place to visit. Really friendly staff. Great value for money. Great insight into ranching and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark G
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Enjoyed spending a relaxed few hours here

It was a pleasant surprise how inexpensive the entry was. There is ample parking. We didn’t have... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Neil-in-Alford
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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 corporate ranches established in southern Alberta. Three key personalities guided the ranch through seven decades of change up to 1950: Fred Stimson set the foundation and infrastructure for the Bar U Ranch, which under George Lane achieved international repute as a centre of breeding excellence for cattle and purebred Percheron horses. Patrick Burns and his company modernized the ranch by replacing horses with tractors and streamlined operations which took the Bar U though the depression and World War II. Explore one of the largest collections of original buildings in Canada. Treasures include the blacksmith shop, harness repair shop, roundup camp and saddlehorse barn. Taste the freshly-baked cookies at the cookhouse, hear the clattering hooves of our Percheron team and smell the cowboy coffee roasting over an open fire. Experience life on the ranch from 100 years ago. On the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is only an hour’s drive from Calgary.
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“gift shop” (9 reviews)
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Township Rd 17B and Township Rd 17A, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Mark G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed January 10, 2018

Worth the time to visit this site to learn about the history of ranching and talk with friendly and knowledgable staff.

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

Whilst visiting friends in Calgary we came across the Bar U Ranch and the delights it had in store for us just by chance. Our friends had heard of the Bar U but had not visited themselves, so it was a truly enjoyable experience for...More

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Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

Had a fabulous time here at Bar U Ranch. All the staff were very knowledgeable and willing to share their facts. Spent almost 6 hours here learning everything. I would definitely come back again real soon. I loved learning about Canada's history

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Reviewed September 3, 2017

Unfortunately we arrived late so we only managed to catch the end of the rodeo exhibition. What we saw was good fun and well organised. We wished that we had been there earlier. The staff were friendly and you could wander around at will. It...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

Bar u Ranch is the history on reaching and cowboys , there's a video to watch which I say is a must , there are a couple of people there to explain some of the tools of the trade. Take the time to listen to...More

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

We had a fabulous time here at the Bar U Ranch. The welcome video is very informative and sets the scene well. The layout of the site is easy to navigate and you can get to see all the exhibits easily. Several buildings had resident...More

3  Thank nigel p
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

This is a nice leisurely family activity. You could spend a day or an hour here. The staff is friendly and informative, and there were no crowds when we went mid week. Admittance is free with a Parks Canada 150 pass (our travel book said...More

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

This was a very enjoyable day. From seeing a few animals to hands on leather work (on foam) to homemade cookie tasting it was a great day. The horse drawn shuttle with commentary was excellent as were all the displays. Everyone working at this site...More

Thank dougd540
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there are very friendly and helpful staff available and they do have a movie room to show how the Bar U came into existence.
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