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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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Real Cowboys

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Evelin K
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Parksville, Canada
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Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time walking around the Ranch and looking at the various buildings. We enjoyed the explanations given by our guides in the kitchen and around a campfire. The café was also a very nice place to stop by with the amazingly friendly & helpful staff. We recommend to stop by the gift shop too (ran BT the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Louis was a great guide with his sense of humor as he walked us through a series of old buildings dating back to 1900....blacksmith, post office, ice barns, barns and more. But the best part of our visit was Monica in the kitchen who turned out the best Cesar salad and then beer/vegetable soup that I've had certainly in Alberta... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We stopped here on the way to Waterton Lakes national park and since it was included in our park pass that we already had. I have to say that it was quite informative and we really enjoyed our visit here. There is a bit of walking involved and the “road” is not paved so this might be an issue if... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

This is a Parks Canada attraction and was a working ranch from the late 1890s. There is a lot of history here and we look forward to go back to see the ranch in full operation. We were there the end of May. Most of the ranch was really not working so we were a little disappointed with the lack... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful setting and each part of the site is in easy walking distance of the others. It was great to read the history of the ranch and hear some anecdotes from former cowboys. The camp kitchen was fully displayed as were the bunk rooms and travelling kitchen. The barns still had working machinery or horse equipment in... More 

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Qualicum Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Really enjoyed this well run, clean and informative historic site. The countryside is outstanding. Small but acceptable coffee shop. Excellent gift shop operated by 'Friends of the Bar U'. These groups as with Jasper National do an outstanding job.

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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

Wow. Love the history. So well preserved. Great guides . Sure hope they find a better operator for the restaurant. We stayed for 3 hours. Really glad it's there.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The Ranch has a sense of peace and space. With child-friendly displays, loads of room for children to run and jump, and try their hand with a lasso, it is fun for the whole family. A horse-drawn wagon ride to the farm buildings shifted me from the pace of the road, to the pace of farm life. Lots of helpful... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We spent several days in Calgary and traveled to see the Bar U Ranch. It was a nice relaxing ride and the scenery was worthwhile. The Bar U was one of Canada's largest ranches and it gave you a view of what the early 1900's was like. The ranch was very interesting and while operating was the largest breeder of... More 

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