Opening day

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020

The Bar U Ranch National Historic Site gates swing open at 10 am! Take a walk through ranching history, ride a horse-drawn wagon and come meet our genuine cowboys.

Traditional tipi raising ceremony

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020

Join us for a traditional tipi raising ceremony and unveiling of a new interpretative area at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020

For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Come out and enjoy visiting with our Indigenous neighbours and visit our newest interpretive area showcasing a traditional Stoney tipi and wall tent.

Canada Day

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Free admission for all! Come celebrate Canada’s birthday with a cake, flag raising and family fun. Step back in time for an old fashioned country celebration, including live entertainment.

Historic Places Day

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2020

Free admission! Stop in and 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.

Friends of the Bar U Historic Ranch Association trail ride

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020

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's welcome. Reservations are required.

Phone number: 403-395-3330 for information.

Bar U Ranch 25th anniversary celebration

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020

It is the 25th anniversary of the Bar U Ranch becoming a National Historic Site. Join us for our surprise celebration.

Old Time Ranch Rodeo

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020

Time-honoured and traditional skills of ranching come to the 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.

Harvest and heavy horse weekend

Date: September 19 and 20, 2020

The horse-powered harvest commences in the Bar U field. On Sunday, 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.

Rhythm of the land

Date: May through September

Experience the pulse of the Bar U Ranch, from spring’s rebirth to the gathering of the harvest.

  • Victoria Day long weekend (May 16-18): Seeding
  • July 4: Haying
  • Labour Day long weekend (September 5-7): Binding and Stooking
  • September 19: Threshing