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History comes alive at the Bar U ...

The Friends of the Bar U work in cooperation with Parks Canada to preserve and present the historic ranch. Walk or ride a horse drawn wagon down to the ranch headquarters and tour our historic buildings. Learn about the role the Bar U played in shaping the Canadian west. In addition to scheduled interpretive programs, you may see an old time haying demonstration, a blacksmith or a saddle maker at work. Try your hand at roping, or enjoy a cup of cowboy coff ee around the fi re at Roundup Camp while listening to the stories of the people who made the Bar U what is was; from poets to politicians, outlaws to artists and princes to ranch savvy businessmen.Great family entertainment!

* The Bar U Ranch hosts a number of special events each year.

* Check out the latest Bar U Ranch News Here

Bar U Ranch Chuckwagon
Opening Day

Monday, May 17, 2021

We swing the gates open at 10:00 am!
Take a walk through ranching history, ride a horse drawn wagon and come meet our genuine cowboy staff!
  Stoney Nakoda Tipi Encampment
Friday, May 21, 2021

The Stoney Nakoda Tipi Encampment is now open for the season. Indigenous interpreters will be available on the weekends throughout the season.
  National Indigenous Peoples Day
Friday, June 21, 2021

For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Come out and enjoy visiting with our Indigenous neighbors, along with visit our newest interpretive area showcasing a traditional Stoney Tipi and wall tent.
  Canada Day - Bar U RanchCanada Day
Thursday, July 1

Free admission for all! Come and celebrate Canada’s Birthday, at Canada’s Ranch! Find the perfect spot for a picnic, take in a mini wagon tour, experience the tipi encampment of the Stoney Nakoda, enjoy a hike on the Pekisko Creek Trail and visit with our animals. Loads of family fun and activities!
  Bar U Historic RanchsiteHistoric Places Day
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Stop in and celebrate Canada’s cultural treasures within Parks Canada. Always something old, new and fun to discover at the ranch!

Friends of the Bar U Ranch Trail RideOpen Farm Days
Saturday, August 14, 2021

Free Admission for all! Alberta Open Farm Days is a collaborative, province-wide, two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. It is a backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer.

Come out to the Bar U Ranch, learn and experience the tradition and history of agriculture in Alberta. On Saturday, August 14 watch our volunteers, heavy horses and equipment harvest the winter wheat. Find the perfect spot for a picnic, take in a mini wagon tour, experience the tipi encampment of the Stoney Nakoda, enjoy a hike on the Pekisko Creek Trail and visit with our animals.

Bar U Ranch Old Time Ranch Rodeo - click to enlargeOld Time Ranch Rodeo
Sunday, August 15, 2021

Time honoured and traditional skills of ranching comes to the rodeo arena! Cheer on your favourite ranch as teams of working cowboys compete for silver Bar U buckles and bragging rights! You’ll be entertained with events such as Broke Horse Racing, Team Sorting as well as Branding and Doctoring.

* Details/Photos from previous events


Bar U Ranch Chore Horse CompetitionChore Horse Competition
Sunday, September 19, 2021

On Sunday starting 1:00 p.m. today’s teamsters will guide their heavy horse teams around a course of skill-testing manoeuvres. See how skills of days-gone-by are demonstrated by drivers from 18 to 80 years of age! Keeping horsepower-history alive for all to enjoy and be inspired by.

Rhythm of the Land
2021 dates TBA

Experience the pulse of the Bar U Ranch from spring’s rebirth to the gathering of the Harvest. .. Seeding , Haying, Binding & Stooking and Threshing.

Extreme Cowboy Challenge
August 6 – 8, 2021

Extreme Cowboy Racing began as a way to enhance the relationship between horse and rider with emphasis on good horsemanship. Adding obstacles became a way to focus energies and challenge riders' skills with their equine partners. Come out and watch extreme horsemanship skill race against each other and the clock.

Canadian Cowboy Challenge
August 21 – 22, 2021

The Canadian Cowboy Challenge is founded on horsemanship and camaraderie found in ranch-based activities and trail riding. Riders demonstrate their skills and those of their hors as they undertake a series of obstacles. All while having a great time!
  * All Special Events begin at 1:00 pm. As weather can quickly change in ranching country, all events are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling depending on conditions. Regular admission rates apply for all events except for Canada Day, when admission is free.
For event information call 403.395.3044

* Surprise events may also be added throughout the season.
The Bar U Ranch Cafe
Get a taste of the west with traditional, ranch-style food catered by Country Fresh Kitchens. The menu includes homemade soups, chilies, burgers and seasonal salads and desserts - and the coffee's always on! Specialty buffets and catering are available for tour groups and private functions. The Bar U Ranch Cafe is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the operating season.

Contact information:
Country Fresh Kitchens
Phone: 403-803-6342

Annual Bar U Ranch Rodeo
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