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

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Longview
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Calgary, Canada
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83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Beautiful Alberta scenery, interesting exhibits and very knowledgeable staff.”
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.

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Calgary
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“Very interesting”
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.

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United Kingdom
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167 reviews
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“So glad we were told about the Bar U”
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.

Visited August 2011
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Kidderminster
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Must see”
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.

Visited August 2011
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Alberta, Canada
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“Great Family Outing!”
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.

Visited July 2011
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