2018 special events
Monday, May 14
The Bar U Ranch gates swing open at 10 am! Take a journey through ranching history, ride a horse-drawn wagon and come meet our genuine cowboy staff.
Hometown Heroes weekend
Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17
Canada’s participation in the First World War forever changed the Bar U Ranch community. 2018 marks one hundred years since the end of the Great War. Join us in commemorating individuals and our community during Hometown Heroes weekend. It will include historic military displays, presentations and hands-on activities including our airsoft rifle range.
Sunday, July 1
Free admission for all! Come celebrate Canada’s birthday with cake, flag-raising and a day of family fun. Step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned country celebration including live entertainment on the Calgary Stampede mobile stage.
Saturday, July 7
This one’s on us!
In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors to our national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites. What better way to say “thank you” to our visitors than to offer a free admission day?
Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.
In 2018, we will offer free admission on Historic Places Day, July 7.
Stop in and help celebrate Canada’s cultural treasures within Parks Canada. Experience horse-drawn haying. There is always something old, new and fun to discover at the Ranch!
Saturday, August 4
Hosted by the Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association.
Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association host their annual day-ride across original Bar U lands. Ride your own horse or step up on a horse-drawn wagon. Everyone is welcome. Reservations are required. Call 403-395-3330 for information.
Old Time Ranch Rodeo
Sunday, August 19
Time-honoured skills of ranching come to our rodeo arena! Cheer on your favourite ranch as teams of working cowboys compete for silver Bar U buckles - and bragging rights! Visitors will be entertained with events such as broke horse racing, wild cow milking, team sorting, branding and doctoring.
Harvest and Heavy Horse weekend
Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16
The horse-powered harvest commences in the Bar U Ranch field. Watch teamsters of today guide their heavy-horse teams around a course. 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!