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Special Events

2015 saw the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site celebrate the 20th anniversary of its grand opening. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a special season. See you in 2016!

Bar U Ranch Special Events - 2015 Review

Opening Day

Visitors enjoy a wagon ride at the Bar U Ranch

The Bar U Ranch gates swung open May 11 for Opening Day, kicking off its 20th anniversary season as a National Historic Site.

Chuckwagon Cook-off and First Annual Pack Horse Competition

Pack horses

Open-fire-prepared stew and biscuits, live music and our first annual pack horse competition were the order of the day on June 7.

Canadian Cowboy Challenge

A cowboy negotiates his horse around an obstacle course

A cowboy negotiates his horse through the 'cowboy curtain', just part of a complicated obstacle course at the Canadian Cowboy Challenge, June 27 & 28.

Canada Day

The raising of the flag on Canada Day

The Bar U Ranch experienced record crowds as visitors came and celebrated Canada Day with a variety of activities and a flag-raising ceremony.

Parks Day

Strathcona Mounted Troop rider

The Bar U Ranch welcomed special guests Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride.

20th Anniversary 1st Opening Day

Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society dancers

We celebrated 20 years since our grand opening with cake and other festivities.

Friends of the Bar U Trail Ride

2015 saw another annual day ride into original Bar U Ranch grazing lands.

Old Time Ranch Rodeo

Cowboys compete at the Old Time Ranch Rodeo

A Bar U Ranch favourite! Working cowboys competed for silver Bar U buckles and bragging rights!

Chore Horse Competition

In the final event of the season, teamsters guided their heavy horse teams around a course of skill-testing manoeuvres.