Ranch-Bar U National Historic Site Officially Launches 2022 Summer Season

The Ranch-Bar U National Historic Site is pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 season. This season we are offering new activities including the Gallery Roland Gissing at the reception centre. Discover the undeniable beauty of the landscapes ofalberta thanks to Gissing’s historic art boards, as well as Gissing’s custom saddle, sketchbooks, and other personal effects.

what of? new at Bar U – New events in 2022

Events are back in Bar U! Check out our website for a complete overview of this year’s events.

Gallery Roland Gissing
Discover the newest addition to the visitor center, the gallery Roland Gissing† Discover the undeniable beauty of the landscapes ofalberta thanks to Gissing’s historic art paintings. His works can be found in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II, the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

After leaving England to settle Canada in 1913, Gissing traveled the area from the Peace River region to Mexico, working on farms and sketching along the way. Later, Gissing bought land near the junction of the Ghost and Bow Rivers, west of Cochranein alberta

Check out Gissing’s custom saddle, sketchbooks, and other personal effects, too.

Stoney Nakoda Tipic
Indigenous groups, including the Bearspaw Nation of the Stoney Nakoda and other indigenous groups, have historical ties to the ranches in the foothills. A diverse workforce, including indigenous peoples, have played an important role in the history of the Bar U Ranch. The Ranch is pleased to welcome members of the Bearspaw Stoney Nation, who share their culture and perspectives at a teepee camp. This encampment is representative of the Aboriginal experience that preceded and followed the signing of Treaty 7 and offers guests a glimpse of that experience and their traditions.

wagon rides
Visitors are invited to experience the Bar U Ranch on a self-guided wagon tour. Free wagon rides with an interpreter depart from the assembly camp and cover a variety of unique areas of the ranch. It’s a truly authentic way to experience the ranch, and our expert interpreters will bring the ranch days to life for you. Trolley rides run every half hour and information about the daily and weekly schedule is available during the operational season. Trolley capacity is limited and rides are on a first come, first served basis.

Ruisseau-Pekisko Route
The Bar U Ranch recently opened a 2-mile trail that runs through a portion of the National Historic Site rarely seen on a regular visit. Visitors can hear the sounds of the creek, access rustic and quiet picnic areas, and get beautiful mountain views. The trail offers a rich cultural and natural experience.

Ranch-Bar U National Historic Site provides the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether seeking adventure, family fun, a chance to discover history or a break from everyday life, countless unique experiences meet the needs of visitors.

Because the health and safety of visitors and employees is paramount, Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidelines and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information about what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services can be offered. Visitors are asked to plan their trip by consulting the website prior to departure, following the advice of public health experts, and following all signage and directions from Parks Canada employees.


“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and such a rich history. Each of the protected areas in Parks Canada’s network of places is an ideal gateway to discover, learn about and connect with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out there and explore places like Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, following in the footsteps of history and enjoy the great physical and mental benefits of the great outdoors. †

The Honorable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada

“Parks Canada is proud to provide high-quality, meaningful visitor experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works very hard to ensure that everyone leaves with unforgettable memories. We are excited to welcome new and return visitors to Bar U Ranch National Historic Site this season to help them make new memories and experience all that this precious place* has to offer. †

Ron Hallman
President and CEO, Parks Canada Agency

Quick Facts

  • Located in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Bar U Ranch is the only National Historic Site to document the history and importance of ranching in Canada
  • The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating the various stages of animal husbandry development between 1882 and 1950, and it is rich in cultural landscape features.
  • Located one hour southwest of the city limits of Calgaryat the intersection of Route 22 and 540.
  • Ranch-Bar U National Historic Site features a visitor center with a restaurant and gift shop, and offers a lively living history program that interprets a time when the West was young.
  • Want the best passport for nature, history and adventure? The Discovery Pass gives unlimited access to more than 80 destinations across the country for a whole year. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Pass online, on-site and at partner stores across the country.

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For more information: Kaitlin Power, Press Secretary, Office of the Secretary of the Environment and Climate Change, 819-230-1557, [email protected]† Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 1-855-862-1812, [email protected]† Megan Osterman, PR and Communications Officer, Waterton Lakes Field Unit, 403-632-6876, [email protected]

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