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Experiences to Discover

Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre
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The ranch-house style visitor centre is full of information, gift ideas and a full service restaurant.

Roundup Camp

Roundup Camp
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Tucked under the shade of the cottonwood trees is the Roundup Camp. Enjoy some bannock and cowboy coffee made over the roaring campfire. Rest on a tree stump and listen to stories of ranch life.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride

Percheron Horses
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Did you know that the Bar U Ranch was renowned as the largest Percheron breeding operation in the world in the early 1900s? Get a personal introduction to these magnificent creatures - the "gentle giants of ranching" - by taking a horse-drawn wagon ride through the historic site and hearing the stories of George Lane and his amazing herd of Percheron draft horses.

Roping

Roping
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Ever tried roping a run-away steer? Here is your chance to master the skill of looping a rope over the head of a replica steer. Standing still isn’t so hard, but just imagine doing it sitting in the saddle on a galloping horse!

Historical Ranch Buildings

Ranch Buildings
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The Bar U has the largest collection of historical ranch buildings in Canada and many of them are operational. Watch the blacksmith prepare horseshoes or the saddle-maker repair a rein; pop into the stables, the post office and of course the cookhouse and smell fresh baking;. As you visit, you'll hear the stories of the men and the women who made the Bar U famous.

Cookhouse

Cookhouse
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Follow your nose into “The Belly of the Bar U” and watch the cook whip up hearty meals for the cowhands.

Meet Our Interpreters

Bar U Cowboy
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Hear about the characters that made this ranch famous including the ranchers, poets, politicians, royalty and even outlaws including the infamous Sundance Kid. Meet the people of the west; cowboys, saddle makers, blacksmiths and camp cooks. Hear cowboy poetry, songs and legends around the campfire.