Founded in 1882 as the Northwest Cattle Company, the Bar U was one of the first and most enduring of the large corporate ranches established in southern Alberta.
In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta, the Northwest Cattle Company established Bar U Ranch in 1882. This National Historic Site is now home to Canada’s biggest collection of vintage ranch buildings. These days, you can watch costumed interpreters making saddles, repairing reins or baking bread. You can try your hand at harvesting hay, or delight your kids with a ride in a wagon pulled by Percheron horses. Best of all, you can channel your inner cowboy as you listen to campfire stories, learn to throw a lariat or practise your branding skills on a piece of wood.