Bar U Old Time Ranch Rodeo: Traditional Skills Still Used Today

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site – Action so close you can taste it! Old Time Ranch Rodeo returns to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site on Sunday August 10th beginning at noon.

Established in 1882, the Bar U was one of the foremost ranching operations in Canada. Now, teams of working cowboys from Alberta ranches will bring back those traditional ranch activities as they compete for silver Bar U belt buckles – and bragging rights in events including broke horse racing, team sorting, branding, doctoring and wild cow milking!

2014 marks a special edition of the Old Time Ranch Rodeo. A century ago, a series of gunshots in Europe exploded into a global conflict that changed life in the foothills forever. The Bar U Ranch will commemorate the start of the First World War with a salute to the men and animals that served. During the rodeo intermission, the “Cowboy Cavalry” Lord Strathcona’s Horse Mounted Troop will perform a musical ride, an exciting Cavalry drill and daring “tent pegging”.

Canada’s national historic sites tell the incredible story of Canada. These treasured places enable us to experience our rich history and heritage in a special way and play a big part in the Government of Canada’s Road to 2017 as our country nears its 150th birthday.

Quick Facts

• Bar U Ranch National Historic Site commemorates the evolution of the Canadian ranching industry and the contribution of the industry to the development of Canada.

• The site uses a living history approach to present the ranching industry.

• The Bar U has a café and gift shop featuring handmade goods by local artists.


“Immerse yourself in western culture at the Bar U Ranch. It’s a country retreat, just a short drive from Calgary.” ~ Ifan Thomas, Field Unit Superintendent

“There are many other activities and events in Bar U Ranch National Historic site. Take a wagon ride, sit in a saddle, and try roping some ‘steers’.” ~ Mike Mclean, A/Manager, Bar U Ranch NHS

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