Bar U Ranch from Visitor Centre

Bar U Ranch from Visitor Centre
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An ideal place to learn about the history of ranching in Alberta. The staff are incredibly friendly and informative. It is a welcome step back in time for all ages.

Submitted by Darlene Foster (09/25/2013)

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Around & About

Map Sites
Longview Jerky Shop
(1.3 miles / 2.1 km)
Cowboy Trail - Hwy 22 Webcam
(4.4 miles / 7.2 km)
Full Circle Adventures
(17.8 miles / 28.8 km)
Dames on the Range
(22 miles / 35.6 km)
Oxley Ranch Tours and Cattle Co
(33.7 miles / 54.5 km)
Regional Perspectives
Growing Populations
(11.6 miles / 18.8 km)
Animals on the Move
(63.6 miles / 102.9 km)
Local Topics
Make A Difference
Blueweed Blitz
(77.4 miles / 125.2 km)


Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada


P.O. Box 168
Longview, AB T0L 1H0
403-395-2331 (fax)
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada
LAT: 50.5213
LON: -114.2606
Elevation: 4197 FT (1279 M)
A Short Introduction to the Site

Where Ranching History Comes Alive...

Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only National Historic Site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada. 

Full Description of the Historical Site or Museum

The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development, and is rich in cultural landscape features. A visitor orientation centre and a vibrant living history program interpret a time when the West was young.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Pekisko Creek General Store stocks various items by local artists and crafts people. Quality items include home preserves, sewing, knitting, woodwork, handmade soap, candles and souvenirs.

The Bar U Cafe welcomes you with the aroma of fresh baked goods. The menu offers homemade ranch meals such as soup, biscuits and burgers.

Open Months

Late May - Early October

Hours Open

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Site is Universally Accessible
Site is Child Friendly
Tours are Offered
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is located approximately 100 km (62 miles) south of Calgary on Highway 22, 13 km (8 miles) south of Longview. From Calgary, go south on Highway 2, then west on Highway 540, cross over Highway 22 (also known as The Cowboy Trail) and continue going west for approximately half a kilometer.