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1812 On Tour

June 2014

1812 on tour
1812 On Tour at the Tall Ships Festival in Windsor, Ontario, Canada 2013 © Parks Canada

1812 On Tour, a travelling experience that brings to life the stories of a war that helped define Canada as a nation, will be making a stop at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, from June 27 to June 29, 2014.

The tour features larger than life inflatable numbers, and a variety of marquee tents that highlight four heroes of the War of 1812 and the most important landscapes, forts and buildings that make up the more than 20 Parks Canada War of 1812 national historic sites in Central and Eastern Canada.

Come play period games, get a temporary tattoo, or be part of our Xplorers program. 1812 On Tour has something for everyone!

Street View for Google Maps

June 2014

One of Google's Street View operators
One of Google's Street View operators © Parks Canada

The unique panoramic lens of Google Street View was at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site as part of a two-year collaboration between Parks Canada and Google to document many of Canada's iconic national heritage places.

Explore Canada's natural and historic treasures with Street View for Google Maps

The Bar U on Tour

May 2014

Parka learning how to rope at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Parka learning how to rope at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site © Parks Canada

We helped Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park kick off the summer with some campfire cookery and a chance to learn how to rope.

They Also Served

March 2014

Canadian troops in WW1
Canadian troops in WW1
 © Simon Butler

Historically, the main focus on the Bar U Ranch was raising beef, but the horses were renowned. They were sold as stock horses after intensive on-the-job training or for heavy jobs. The Ranch provided purebred draft horse bloodlines from the largest Percheron operation of its kind in the world.

The year 2014 also marks the centennial of the start of First World War, which changed the face of the globe and life as it was known in southern Alberta. Whether working for the War effort or on the front lines, the life expectancy of a horse was measured in days.

The Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is dedicating this season to the animals that served with their masters no matter what nationality.