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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site opens to visitors May 15

Dreaming of exploring the stories of the past? 450 000 km² of stories await you at Parks Canada administered places from coast to coast to coast!

LONGVIEW, AB, May 15, 2023 /CNW/ - The vast network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of stories from coast to coast to coast.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is open for the 2023 visitor season! You're invited to the Alberta foothills for an immersive experience at the only national historic site commemorating ranching in Canada. The site will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, May 15 to September 30.

National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of Canada and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about its diverse history. At Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, visitors can learn more about the history of cattle ranching in Canada. Plan your visit today and hear stories of the events that have shaped Canada's past, present, and future!

What's happening at Bar U Ranch
Restoring historic buildings while maintaining their original essence is an ongoing project for Parks Canada's Built Heritage staff. Visitors are encouraged to talk with the Bar U Ranch restoration crew while they work on the Alwood Cabin, Chophouse and Blacksmith Shop and other historic buildings this season.

Wagon Rides
Always a visitor favourite! Bar U Ranch guests learn the story of the ranch while being pulled by majestic Percheron draft horses. Complimentary wagon rides are hosted by Parks Canada staff and offer an authentic way to see the site. The rides are accessible to all and run multiple times a day. Information is available at the Visitor Centre.

Nature Walks
Bar U Ranch offers a variety of scenic viewpoints and trails. Pekisko Creek meanders its way through the site providing tranquil creek sounds, excellent songbird spotting and exceptional picnic spots.
Note: The east portion of Pekisko Creek trail will be closed this season. Please obey all posted signage.

Stoney Nakoda Tipi
Bar U Ranch welcomes back members of the Bearspaw First Nation. Guests are encouraged to visit the tipi encampment in the Pekisko Creek meadow to learn more about Indigenous culture and perspectives. Discover the historic relationship between foothills ranches and local Indigenous peoples.

Visitor Centre
Parks Canada is reimagining the Bar U Ranch Visitor Centre. Staff are working with historians and Indigenous groups to create new interpretive material and displays. The updated visitor centre includes never-before displayed artifacts, new seating areas, a kids play area and complimentary coffee.
Note: Bar U Ranch's café has been discontinued. However, the Bar U Gift Shop has snacks and beverages available for purchase. Visitors are also welcomed to bring their own food and find a picnic spot.


?  National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21

?  Canada Day

July 1

?  Historic Places Days

July 8-31

?  Alberta Open Farm Days

August 19

?  Old Time Ranch Rodeo

August 20

?  Chore Horse Competition

September 17

Historic Places Days are an opportunity to discover Canada's many diverse historic destinations and the vital role these places have in their communities. This year, Historic Places Days begins on July 8. Travel back in time and discover the great stories of the past. Hundreds of fascinating historic places like Bar U Ranch are waiting to be discovered!

Visit the Bar U Ranch website for more information on special events.


"As we near summertime, I encourage everyone to connect with nature and culture and make lasting memories at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. National historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer, these are places Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore to learn about nature and Canada's history. The vast network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada has something for everyone to enjoy."

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

"The visitor season coming into full swing at Parks Canada's administered places is always an exciting time of year. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to provide visitors with high-quality and meaningful experiences across the country. We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to Bar U Ranch National Historic Site!"

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

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