Prairie Post (East Edition)

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site now open

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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site opened to visitors May 15.

450,000 km of stories await you at Parks Canada administer­ed places from coast to coast to coast.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is open for the 2023 visitor season! You’re invited to the Alberta foothills for an immersive experience at Canada’s only national historic site commemorat­ing ranching.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 15 to September 30.

What’s happening at Bar U Ranch


Restoring historic buildings while maintainin­g their original essence is an ongoing project for Parks Canada’s Built Heritage staff. Visitors are encouraged to talk with the Bar U Ranch restoratio­n crew while they work on the Alwood Cabin, Chophouse and Blacksmith Shop and other historic buildings this season.

Wagon Rides

Always a visitor favourite! Bar U Ranch guests learn the story of the ranch while being pulled by majestic Percheron draft horses. Compliment­ary wagon rides are hosted by Parks Canada staff and offer an authentic way to see the site. The rides are accessible to all and run multiple times a day. Informatio­n is available at the Visitor Centre.

Nature Walks

Bar U Ranch offers a variety of scenic viewpoints and trails. Pekisko Creek meanders its way through the site providing tranquil creek sounds, excellent songbird spotting and exceptiona­l picnic spots.

Note: The east portion of Pekisko Creek trail will be closed this season. Please obey all posted signage.

Stoney Nakoda Tipi

Bar U Ranch welcomes back members of the Bearspaw First Nation. Guests are encouraged to visit the tipi encampment in the Pekisko Creek meadow to learn more about

Indigenous culture and perspectiv­es. Discover the historic relationsh­ip between foothills ranches and local Indigenous peoples.

Visitor Centre

Parks Canada is reimaginin­g the Bar U Ranch Visitor Centre. Staff are working with historians and Indigenous groups to create new interpreti­ve material and displays. The updated visitor centre includes never-before displayed artifacts, new seating areas, a kids play area and compliment­ary coffee.

Note: Bar U Ranch’s café has been discontinu­ed. However, the Bar U Gift Shop has snacks and beverages available for purchase. Visitors are also welcomed to bring their own food and find a picnic spot.


• National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21

• Canada Day July 1

• Historic Places Days July 8 -31

• Alberta Open Farm Days August 19

• Old Time Ranch Rodeo August 20

• Chore Horse Competitio­n September 17 Visit Bar U Ranch website at https://parks. for more informatio­n on special events.

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Photo contribute­d Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is a fun place to visit.

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