Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Try your hand at cowboy skills, learn about the old-style ranching ways, wander through the rustic and authentic buildings or sit around the campfire and listen to old-time tales. Back-dropped by the Rocky mountains – it’s a true Alberta experience!

Featured things to do

Enjoy a coffee at roundup camp

Enjoy some cowboy coffee made over the roaring campfire and listen to stories of ranch life.

Try roping

Learn to cast a rope loop over a replica steer's horn. Caution - it's addictive!

Visit the Cookhouse

Feel the heat of the wood-burning stove and taste some fresh baking inside the "belly of the Bar U". 

Getting here

PO Box 168
Longview AB T0L 1H0

Hours of operation

May 14 to September 30, 2018
Daily, 10 am to 5 pm

No pets are allowed on site or in the Visitor Centre. No smoking on site.


Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 403-395-3044
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: baru.info@pc.gc.ca

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