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Head out to the Bar U Ranch and discover what life was like for working cowboys in the Old West. Founded in the foothills of southern Alberta in the late 1800s, the Bar U was once one of Canada’s largest ranching operations. Today it’s a National Historic Site – and an exciting way to learn about ranching culture.

Visitors to the Bar U Ranch will enjoy a living history experience as costumed interpreters demonstrate ranching skills such as cattle handling, roping, saddle making, blacksmithing and more. The ranch’s visitor centre and 35 historic structures provide a close-up look at Canada’s ranching roots, while the on-site restaurant offers up authentic cowboy grub. Guided walking and wagon tours are available.

The Bar U Ranch is located approximately 100 km south of Calgary on Highway 22. Visitor season runs from May 22nd to September 30th.

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  • 100% Non-smoking
  • Coach parking
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family friendly
  • French
  • Group booking
  • Group rates
  • Guided tours
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • Meeting rooms
  • Restaurant

Meeting Rooms

Room NameAreaLengthWidthCapacity
sq ftsq mftmftmTheatreBanquetClssrmRecpt
Theatre 40
Visitor Information Centre 70 100

Hours & Admission


Mid May to September 30. Office open year-round.


Adults $7.80. Family $19.60. Youth (6-16) $3.90. Seniors (65+) $6.55. Children 5 and under free.

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