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Special events 2015

Parks Day

Saturday July 18

Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride

We would like to welcome our special guests: Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride. Performance at 1 p.m. at our arena.

Parks Day event schedule: 

10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Wagon shuttle, visitor centre and ranch site.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Butter-making demo and tasting, cookhouse.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bannock-making demo and tasting, roundup camp.
11 a.m. to Noon Laundry demo, next to garden.
11 a.m. to Noon Take a hike, meet at visitor centre picnic table (south side).
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride, arena.
2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Rope making, dairy barn.

20th Anniversary 1st Opening Day

Thursday July 30

We celebrate 20 years since our grand opening. We’ll be serving up cake, fun and other festivities for your family. Stop by for a visit and help to “round-up” new memories for the next 20 years!

Friends of the Bar U Trail Ride

Saturday August 1

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

Sunday August 9

Time-honoured and traditional skills of ranching comes to our rodeo arena. Cheer on your favourite ranch as teams of working cowboys compete for silver Bar U buckles - and bragging rights! You’ll be entertained with events such as broke horse racing, wild cow milking, team sorting as well as branding and doctoring.

Chore Horse Competition

Sunday September 6

Watch today's teamsters guide their heavy horse teams around a course of skill-testing manoeuvres. See how skills of days gone by are demonstrated by drivers from 18 to 80 years of age! Keeping horsepower-history alive for all to enjoy and be inspired by.

Past Events

Opening Day

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

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

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.

Most special events begin at 1 p.m. All events are subject to cancellation. Surprise events may also be added throughout the season.