Bar U Ranch National Historic Site


Box 168, Longview, Alberta, T0L 1H0 4033952212

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There aren’t many places where you can walk in the footsteps of a prince and an Old West outlaw in one day. But you can at Bar U Ranch, in Southern Alberta. Bar U is a real glimpse of life in the Old West. That visiting outlaw was none other than notorious Sundance Kid, one of Butch Cassidy’s bad guys, who visited in the late 1800s. The royal visitor was Edward, Prince of Wales. He was so smitten with the picture-perfect setting against the backdrop of the Rockies, that he bought a ranch next door. You’ll be just as taken with Bar U, a National Historic Site, run by Parks Canada. Established in 1882, it is one of longest standing ranches in Alberta. Visit the cookhouse, the blacksmith shop, and the roundup camp for cowboy coffee to hear tales of how the west was born. Learn how to rope a calf – and don’t leave without trying some cowboy cuisine.

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