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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!

2019 Special Events* The Bar U Ranch hosts a number of special events each year.

* CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Bar U Ranch Special Events Brochure

* Check out the latest Bar U Ranch News Here

Bar U Ranch Chuckwagon
Opening Day

May, 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!
  Canada Day - Bar U RanchCanada Day
Monday, July 1 - Free Admission for all!

Come celebrate Canada’s birthday with a cake, flag raising and family fun day. Step back in time for an Old Fashioned Country celebration including live entertainment.
  Bar U Historic RanchsiteHistoric Places Day
July, 2021

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

Friends of the Bar U Ranch Trail RideTrail Ride
August, 2021

Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association host their annual day ride across original Bar U lands. Ride your own horse or step up on a horse drawn wagon. Everyone’s welcome. Reservations are required. Call 403-395-3330 for information or click here to view poster.

* Details/Photos from previous trail rides

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

View 2019 Old Time Ranch Rodeo poster

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, Wild Cow Milking, Team Sorting as well as Branding and Doctoring.

* Details/Photos from previous events


Bar U Ranch Chore Horse CompetitionA Royal Harvest & Heavy Horse Weekend
September, 2021

The horse powered harvest commences in the Bar U field. On Sunday watch today’s teamsters 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.

Special commemoration event: 100th Anniversary of Edward, Prince of Wales visiting the Bar U Ranch and George Lane. Shortly after, Edward Prince of Wales purchased the now known EP Ranch.

Rhythm of the Land: Experience the pulse of the Bar U Ranch from spring’s rebirth to the gathering of the Harvest.

  May Long Weekend Seeding
  Saturday, July 6 Haying
  September Long Weekend Binding & Stooking
  September 14-15 Threshing

* Details/Photos from previous events
  * 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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