Prairie Post (East Edition)
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site now open
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.
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.
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.
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. canada.ca/lhn-nhs/ab/baru for more information on special events.