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A new pair of Percheron draft horses at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Help Parks Canada name our new Percheron draft horses © Parks Canada

December 2015

Parks Canada has acquired a new pair of Percheron draft horses at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Before the horses begin to welcome visitors, we need to name them.

Animals this magnificent deserve equally impressive names. Parks Canada invites the public to submit name suggestions for Bar U’s newest gentle giants.

Anyone can enter, and the person who submits the best-suited names will receive a Parks Canada Family Discovery Pass, good for an entire year of entry to 27 participating national parks and 77 national historic sites across the country. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, February 29, 2016.

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Here are some tips to help you decide on the names. Both horses are male. Short and simple names make it easier to relay driving instructions. Historic or western-inspired names help tell the story and tradition of ranching.

The Bar U Ranch is the only Parks Canada-administered national historic site commemorating the important role that ranching played in developing Canada and the continuing role it plays as a symbol of our country.

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.

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