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Special Events at the Bar U Ranch
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2017 Bar U Special EventsHistory 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 will host a number of special events during the 2017 visitor season; we invite you to join us.


* Check out the latest Bar U Ranch News Here

Bar U Ranch Chuckwagon
Opening Day

May 15, 2017

Immerse yourself in ranching history. And be part of the journey toward 2017...
  Hometown HerosHometown Heroes
May 20 - 21, 2017

Marking milestones to Canada’s 150th birthday by honouring those that have served. The Bar U Ranch remembers World War 1 which changed the way people lived and worked in the foothills..

Bar U Ranch Stew CookoffBar U Chuckwagon Stew Cook-Off & Pack Horse Race
June 18, 2017

Looking back at ranching in the days before the fences broke up the range.
See teams of campfire cooks compete to create the tastiest beef stew and biscuits. Sample the fare and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Awards.

Watch packers prepare to head to a distant cow camp by loading a horse with their provisions quickly and securely. It’s a race against the clock and the load has to stay in place as they negotiate an obstacle course. Be ready to cheer on your favourite team!

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  Canada Day - Bar U RanchCanada Day
July 1, 2017 - Free Admission

Celebrate Canada’s 150th cowboy style. Free admission, birthday cake and lots more!
  Bar U Historic RanchsiteParks Day
July 15, 2017

Celebrate Canada’s cultural treasures at the only Parks Canada administered National Historic Site honouring ranches.

Friends of the Bar U Ranch Trail RideTrail Ride - Hosted by the
Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association

August 5, 2017

A chance to explore historic Bar U rangeland not usually open to the public and support our volunteers, the Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association. Ride your own horse or book a seat on the Percheron drawn wagon. Reservations required. Call 403-395-3330 for more information..

* Details/Photos from previous trail rides
  Bar U ConcertsConcert On Pekisko
August 19, 2017

Sit back, look to the stage and enjoy the music in a unique setting overlooking the picturesque headquarters of the Bar U Ranch along Pekisko Creek. Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing our main act!

Bar U Ranch Old Time Ranch Rodeo - click to enlargeRanch Rodeo
August 20, 2017

Not your regular rodeo!

Cowboys from working ranches compete on teams in events that display everyday skills on the range. See the amazing working partnership between rider and horse as teams’ rope, ride and wrestle for a chance to take home a silver trophy buckle.

* Details/Photos from previous events


Bar U Ranch Chore Horse CompetitionHarvest & Heavy Horse Weekend
September 16-17, 2017

A salute to the “real” horsepower that developed the west. See the “gentle giants” of the horse world bring in the harvest at the Bar U field and don’t forget to check out modern driving skills as teamsters guide their animals through a timed obstacle course in our Chore Horse Competition.

* 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.

Annual Bar U Ranch Rodeo
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