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“Beautiful Alberta scenery, interesting exhibits and very knowledgeable staff.”

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Longview
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 January 2012

We go to the Bar-U once every couple of years. It's about a 90 minute drive from our NW Calgary home (an hour from the sout side of the city) - and it's through some stunning Alberta scenery all the way down. There are hands on exhibits, hot campers coffee over an open fire.... This is a working ranch. Horse drawn wagon rides and an introduction to how it was one of the biggest Percheron ranches in the early 1900's are all of interest. Take a camera and be prepared to be engaged for a good couple of hours at least. Cafeteria is pretty good too, homemade soups, stews & baking - and fairly reasonable compared to some of the other touristy attractions.

4  Thank smcevoy
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

I learned a lot about the history of this part of Alberta while touring the Bar U. The staff were very knowledgeable and the grounds were beautifully kept. We all enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon ride too.

4  Thank Mrs. M
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

A guest at a bed and breakfast in Banff told us we should visit the Bar U. And I'm so glad we did. It was fascinating. Everyone who works there was super-friendly, informative and helpful and we had a nice meal there too. I thoroughly recommend a visit here.

3  Thank jospanner
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Having seen the Calgary Stampede we wanted to know more about Ranch life and Bar U did not let us down! The site is well laid out and the staff are helpful, cheerful and knowledgable. The food available was good quality and well cooked. The drive down from Calgary and then futher south was beautiful and you can imagine the cowboys riding across the grassland! Thank you for a great visit.

4  Thank Bradleysuk
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

We visited Bar U Ranch on Canada Day (free admission!), and found it to be a hidden gem. It's a bit off the beaten path, so the ranch wasn't swamped with visitors. The scenery alone was spectacular. There is a creek that runs through the ranch, and it would have made a great spot to have a picnic lunch. The interpretive displays were gorgeous, and it was really nice to see the heavy horse teams. The staff were very friendly. There were many big open grassy spots to just let my 2 year old son run.

2  Thank RuralRoadtripper
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