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Bar U Ranch NHS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Bar U Ranch National Historic Site will in 2015 celebrate the 20th anniversary of its grand opening.

On Thursday July 30, there will be cake served and some fun family activities to mark the event. The Bar U Ranch, located in the heart of Alberta's ranching country, was officially opened as a national historic site in July 1995.

The site commemorates the history and importance of ranching in Canada and the role of the Bar U Ranch in that industry. It was acquired by Parks Canada in December of 1991.

Thanks for Visiting!

2014 Old Time Ranch Rodeo at the Bar U Ranch
2014 Old Time Ranch Rodeo © Parks Canada

We enjoyed a record attendance season in 2014 with more than 19,000 stopping by for a visit and a cup of cowboy coffee. Thanks to all and see you back in 2015 to celebrate our 20 years in operation!

Street View for Google Maps

One of Google's Street View operators gets a wagon ride at the Bar U Ranch
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

They Also Served

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.