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Special Events 2014

Friends of the Bar U Trail Ride
Friends of the Bar U Ranch Trail Ride © Parks Canada

Opening Day

Sunday, May 18
Immerse yourself in ranching history as the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site opens for the 2014 season.

Bar U Chuckwagon Cook-Off

Sunday, June 8 
Round-up camp cooks were men of ingenuity, adaptability and perserverance. Join us for the Bar U Chuckwagon Cook-Off and sample our competitors' version of beef stew and biscuits, cooked over an open camp fire, just like they did 100 years ago.

Canada Day

Free Admission!
Tuesday, July 1
Come out for an official flag-raising ceremony, tour the Ranch and take part in the family activities. We're having an old-fashioned country celebration!

Side Saddle Weekend

Fri-Sun, July 4,5,6
A weekend devoted to learning a traditional equestrian art. Watch participants from across North America learn how to “ride on the side” and don’t miss Sunday’s parade.

Roundup of Memories

Sunday, July 20 
A crackling campfire, cowboy coffee and the chuckwagon by Pekisko Creek. Welcome to round-up camp for an afternoon of Western entertainment as local ranchers, historians, poets and musicians honour a way of life.

Friends of the Bar U Trail Ride

Saturday, August 2
Support the Friends of the Bar U Ranch Association on their annual day ride into original Bar U Ranch grazing lands. Ride your own horse or take a seat on a horse-drawn wagon. Everyone is welcome. Call 403-395-3330 or 403-395-3879 for more information.

Old Time Ranch Rodeo

Strathcona Mounted Troop
The Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop performing © Strathcona Mounted Troop

Sunday, August 10 
A rodeo competition demonstrating traditional skills, still used today on ranches throughout the country. Join us for an exciting afternoon of broke horse racing, team sorting, branding and doctoring and wild cow milking. Teams of working cowboys from Alberta ranches compete for silver Bar U belt buckles and bragging rights!

2014 marks a special edition of the Old Time Ranch Rodeo. A century ago, a series of gunshots in Europe exploded into a global conflict that changed life in the foothills forever. The Bar U Ranch will commemorate the start of the First World War with a salute to the men and animals that served. During the rodeo intermission, the Strathcona Mounted Troop will perform a musical ride, an exciting cavalry drill and daring tent pegging.

Chore Horse Competition

Sunday, September 7
A glimpse back in time to when horsepower was used for everything, from delivering milk and hauling fire wagons to constructing roads. Watch as today's teamsters guide their heavy horse teams through a timed course of skill-testing manoeuvres.

All special events begin at 1pm and are subject to cancellation or rescheduling depending on weather conditions. For more events information call 403-395-3044.