For general information on how to stay safe outdoors visit the AdventureSmart website.

For information on staying safe while enjoying the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, please explore the topics below.

Pets

For the safety of you and your pet and the security of our livestock, no pets are allowed on the site. Pets are not permitted in the visitor centre.

Livestock

Draft horses are working when they are pulling a wagon or standing at a hitching post. Follow the directions of the wagon driver or footman when entering and exiting the wagon. Do not walk directly in front, behind or between the draft horse team and the wagon. Livestock can be unpredictable. Do not feed or pet livestock. Do not climb on fences or enter corrals or pastures.

Wildlife

On occasion, bears wander onto the grounds of Bar U Ranch NHS. Bears are wild animals and their space must be respected. Stop by our visitor centre for updates on bear sightings in the area.

Insects

Ticks, mosquitoes, black flies, wasps, bees and other small insects are found on site at the Bar U Ranch NHS.

Ticks

Ticks are found in grassy or wooded areas and drop from leaves or blades of grass onto animals and humans. They are tiny, brownish/red in color and look like a little beetle. They bite through the skin and attach themselves. Infection from ticks may be harmful.

Prevention:

  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. If wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts, check for ticks periodically.
  • Some insect repellents are labelled to repel ticks; however, it is not known how effective this is.
  • Keep out of tall grass and be aware when walking the trails.
  • Don't forget to check your pets. Ticks don't always attach themselves right away and could easily jump from your pet to you or other members of your group.

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Environment

Weather

If the weather in southern Alberta is not to your liking, wait five minutes and it will surely change! It is often windy in the foothills regardless of the temperature, and it is possible to have rain, snow and sun all in the same day. Come prepared for any type of weather, with proper outerwear and footwear. Be prepared for a great time!

Bring sunscreen, sun glasses, hats and water bottles. The rays from the sun, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., can be damaging. Wearing sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible. Wearing hats and drinking lots of water will help in preventing the adverse effects from the sun.

Terrain

The Bar U Ranch NHS covers a large area. The landscape contains numerous depressions, brush-filled areas and natural hazards such as gopher holes, which are not always obvious to the eye because of the long grass. We recommend suitable head-covering and footwear be worn to protect against the weather conditions and the terrain.