Skip to content
Bar U Ranch

Bar U Ranch



The Bar U Ranch is your opportunity to live like a cowboy! Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s. Try your hand at roping a steer or repair a bridle, learn the old-style ranching ways. Wander the trails and dirt roads to see the cattle, saddle horses, chickens and other farm animals. Venture into the 100-year-old barns, slaughterhouse, post office, and of course the cookhouse to experience "home on the range". Nestled along the banks of Pekisko Creek, explore the Stoney Nakoda encampment. Step inside the camp’s tipi and hear Indigenous interpreters share traditional stories. Discover the important contributions of Indigenous peoples to the area and the ranching industry in western Canada. Hungry, savor a meal or picnic at the Bar U Café or unearth a unique souvenir from the Bar U Gift Shop. The Bar U, a National Historic Site, run by Parks Canada was established in 1882 as the Northwest Cattle Company, it is one of the longest-standing ranches in Alberta. All back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains - it's a true Alberta experience!

Photo credit: Travel Alberta


160138 - 2698 Drive West
Longview, AB
T0L 1H0

Get directions

More places to visit in Alberta

About Alberta

Welcome to Alberta, where the bold, the adventurous and the free-spirited come to play. 

Alberta is home to North America’s largest mountain range. It’s where dinosaurs once roamed and where dense forests make way to open prairies. You can swim in jewel-coloured lakes, walk across glaciers and climb frozen waterfalls. If you have a Wild Side, you’ll feel right at home here. 

Learn more

More places to visit related to Canadian Beef

About Canadian Beef

Canadian beef is raised with pride and care in each and every province across the country. Chances are, that just outside of city boundaries, your neighbours are depending on beef to make a living. More than 98% of cattle farms and ranches are family-run and most have been operating for generations. There are 60,000 farms and ranches with beef cattle in Canada – that’s a lot of Canadian communities built on beef! 

Raising cattle is one of the few remaining examples of animal husbandry you can see by just taking a drive in the countryside. Beef cattle grazing out in a field bears witness to the fact that Canadian beef is truly a product of the landscape – raised on the goodness that nature provides. Cattle eat locally, largely living off forage (grass) supplemented with grains or other feedstuffs available in each region of the country – potatoes in the East, corn in central Canada and typically barley and wheat out West for example. Beef is very much a product of terroir, with nuanced differences depending on the region where the cattle are raised.

Learn more