It all started with the grass; the allure of grazing your cows in belly-high pastures on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains.
And soon over 30000 cattle were grazing the over 160000 acres of unfenced grassland.
It was a hard life, a life with simple ways of doing things, but a free life as well.
And that’s the life that we celebrate here.
The Bar U Ranch is the only site within Parks Canada that celebrates the cowboy way of life;
a lifestyle that shaped the history of western Canada and the world.
So come on down and take a wagon ride on the Percheron horses;
the Bar U was once home to the largest herd in the world of these gentle giants.
Come to the cookhouse and have traditional baking prepared before your eyes.
Watch a leatherworker repair harnesses and tack still used on the ranch today;
or a blacksmith fabricating everyday ranch items.
Check out the old barns and try your hand at roping,
And stop by round-up camp and learn about a rich tradition through great yarns with cowboy coffee and bannock.
Experience history, a history that lives on in all of us, a history we want to share with you.