We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Hwy 540 W | Longview, Longview, Alberta T0L 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 403 395 2212
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 90 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Absolutely fantastic!

The Ranch is full of interesting history and links to UK and Europe. The information boards aren't too onerous and there are a lot of actual bits to the Ranch to see, including... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Tins76
,
Medway, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

90 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 86: English reviews
Oklahoma
Level Contributor
172 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I saw the Bar U advertised a lot of places and felt it must be a "must stop" location. Frankly, was a bit disappointing and still don't quite get what all the fuss is about. They have a gift shop which is way over priced (IMO). There is some historical significance here which is o.k. to read about (photos in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Channie055
Medway, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Ranch is full of interesting history and links to UK and Europe. The information boards aren't too onerous and there are a lot of actual bits to the Ranch to see, including the cookhouse (where you can sample what they are making!), A horse and cart ride with excellent information and the round-up where you can have tea or... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tins76
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

To experience the real Alberta, you need to take other roads. Highway 22 and Highway 40 inspire us with incredible scenery.

Helpful?
Thank JudithMarilyn
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great history, great views, and nice people. Loved the wagon ride to the buildings into the coulee. Views are fantastic. Loved the photos showing the ranch history. Highly recommend.

Helpful?
Thank Carol K
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if your family, like mine, recently immigrated to Canada you will be proud when you visit Bar U Ranch! Our kids loved the Parks Canada Xplorer program and got to collect a dog tag for their collection here

Helpful?
Thank Andrea L
Airdrie, Canada
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to learn about Alberta Ranch. Learned a lot of neat facts sitting around a campfire drinking hot campfire coffee. The man driving the horses and the lady at the campfire were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable as were all the staff with the exception of the metal workers ( older man and women) in the horse shoe fitting building... More 

Helpful?
Thank Priscilla T
Level Contributor
48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank Richard P
Welland, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank GregWelland
North Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank Garry L
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 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.

Helpful?
1 Thank Erin S

Travelers who viewed Bar U Ranch National Historic Site also viewed

 

Been to Bar U Ranch National Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bar U Ranch National Historic Site and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Bar U Ranch National Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?