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History comes alive at the Bar U . . . walk or ride a horse-drawn wagon down to the ranch headquarters and tour historic buildings while learning about the role the great Bar U Ranch played in shaping the Canadian West!
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada and significant celebrations will be held at the Ranch throughout the year to commemorate this historic event!
Businessmen, cattle, Natives, princes, pioneer women, Percherons, polo ponies and cowboys; all played a part in the unique story of the Bar U Ranch. One of the first and most enduring of the large corporate ranches established in the 1880’s, the Bar U was chosen to commemorate the history of the ranching industry in Canada.
You can follow the story of the Bar U through seven decades of change from 1882 to 1950. Explore the ranch headquarters and visit the many historic buildings and learn about the people who made the Bar U one of the most famous ranches in its time. Immerse yourself in stories of ranching pioneers... fortunes made and lost, cattle-killing winters and massive roundups.
The Bar U Ranch NHS was purchased in 1991 by Parks Canada and they work in partnership with the Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association to protect, preserve and present the many historic buildings and landscape feature of the ranch for you and future generations.
I’ve worked at the Bar U Ranch since 2003 as the Administrative Assistant and have been involved in the development and implementation of many Special Events that we host throughout the summer season.
I encourage everyone to come out to the ranch and experience Canada’s ranching history.