Pamper a pony/horse; garden with a goat; chill with some chickens; hike our hilly terrain or engage in an experiment to learn more about our farming practices. Adults, children & families can be expected to learn more about our regenerative agriculture practices through a variety of hands-on activities & mini-projects illustrating many processes & procedures practiced on our farm. A market store featuring farm-fresh rainbow eggs and other unique, quality delights are also available for a fee.
Our programming and practices delve into the wonder and awe behind the art and science of farming. While our main initiative began with horse stabling and boarding, we quickly grew through an effort to improve the nutrient profile and natural grazing opportunities for our horses. This quest brought us to experimentation and then implementing of some mixed crop pastures. It is not uncommon for our horse pastures to feature vast displays of sunflowers. This is just one example of the many ways we strive to utilize nature to nurture the animals, people, plants, and soil at our farm. Everything at our farm works in unison, to create an engaging and lasting experience for all participants and inhabitants. We welcome people of all ages and abilities.
Farm tour and education of the animals found on 350 Farms with special emphasis on our kunekune pigs and LGD's.
We will have samples of our kunekune pork, walks available, pony rides etc...
We are open to the public every day from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm by appointment for indoor (winter) petting zoo and pony walks or public access to the farm shop which is coming soon.
Annelida Organics is an Alberta-born green tech company with facilities Nisku and Stony Plain specializing in worm manure referred to as worm castings or vermiculture. Our worms consume large-scale food wastes and organic matter such as coffee grounds, cardboard, horse manure, and wood chips and then produce tiny worm castings that are packed full of nutrition. They’re an all-natural soil supplement found in nature and have many benefits to the plants and soil they’re introduced to.
- Three scheduled tours starting at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and the last one at 4:00 pm on Saturday.
- Our tours will consist of a walk around the Annelida facility introducing the process of worm casting, packing, and production.
- A worm bed will be stationed at our facility so attendees can get hands-on experience with our Red Wiggler worms.
- Annelida products and merchandise will be available for purchase
Ardrossan Recreation & Agricultural Society - Virtual Celebration
In or near:
ARAS (Ardrossan Recreation & Agricultural Society) will be celebrating Alberta Open Farm Days virtually this year - please join our event page to participate.
A scavenger hunt that includes some of our vendors from the Ardrossan Ag Society Farmers Market and a coloring contest in the newspaper for kids. We will also have some local companies and
farmers do demonstration videos and load them on our Facebook page. All the prizes will be purchased from our farmers market vendors for the scavenger hunt and coloring contest. Please
refer to our proposal document.
Hello and Welcome to The Backwoods Buffalo Ranch!
We are a small family farm that has evolved into a community grown around good, real, local food.
We believe that everyone has their part in agriculture whether you are a farmer or a consumer!
Throughout your visit on our ranch, we welcome you to experience what our life is like in the Backwoods plus a little bit more.
You will have the opportunity to tour our animals, ask all of your questions, shop our Farm Store and so much more!
take a hayride through our BISON herds* additional fee
churn butter straight from our dairy cows, Fallon, Birdy and GANG!
meet our pastured pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, geese, turkeys, pot belly pigs and horses!
Come out to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, learn and experience the tradition and history of agriculture in Alberta. On Saturday, August 14 watch our volunteers, heavy horses and equipment harvest the winter wheat. Find the perfect spot for a picnic, take an afternoon 20-minute wagon tour, experience the Stoney Nakoda Tipi Encampment, enjoy a hike on the Pekisko Creek Trail and with our farm animals.
Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800’s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.
Try your hand at cowboy skills, learn about the old-style ranching ways, wander through the rustic and authentic buildings or sit around the campfire and listen to old time tales.
Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains - it’s a true Alberta experience!
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site - New Experiences
Stoney Nakoda Tipi:
There is a historic relationship between foothills ranches and the Bearspaw Nation of the Stoney Nakoda, as well as other indigenous groups. It is well known that a diverse workforce, especially indigenous people, played a significant role in the history of the ranch. Given this, one of the foremost highlights of 2020 was having members of the Bearspaw Stoney share their culture and perspectives at a tipi encampment at the Bar U. This encampment is representative of the transition between the pre Treaty 7 and post Treaty 7 indigenous experience and a visit here allows guests a view into those experiences and traditions.
Visitors are welcome to discover the Bar U Ranch by wagon as part of the self guided visit. Complimentary wagon tours with an interpreter start at round up camp and visit a variety of unique areas on the ranch such as the riparian zone, the polo field, the tipi and the historic core. This is a truly authentic way to experience the ranch and our knowledgeable interpreters will bring it all to life for you. Wagon tours run on the half hour and information on daily/weekly schedules will be available during operational season. Wagon tours have limited capacity and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Pekisko Creek Trail:
The Bar U Ranch opened a 3 km trail, which includes a portion of the national historic site not often seen during a regular visit. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of the creek, tranquil rustic picnic spots and stunning mountain view. Guests will experience a range of cultural and natural history.
• Learn to rope
• Visit with our farm animals
• Take a hike
• Parks Canada Red Chairs
• Size: 148.43 hectares (367 acres).
• Features: original ranch headquarters situated along Pekisko Creek, consisting of 35
historic structures and visitor centre.
• Maintains livestock including saddle horses, draft horses, and a cow/calf operation.
• Located in Foothills County where agriculture remains a major economic engine.
• The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including mule deer, whitetail deer, moose,
elk, coyotes, wolves, cougars, black bears, and grizzly bears.
• Pekisko Creek is an important trout spawning stream and tributary to some renowned fly
Facilities and services
• Accessible Facilities (Visitor Centre is fully accessible, Historic Site has limited accessibility)
• Picnic areas
• Bus parking
• Bar U Ranch Cafe
• Bar U Ranch Gift Shop
• Restrooms located in Visitor Centre and in Historic Core
Our taproom and two patios are open for you to enjoy a local ale brewed on-site. In-person tours are subject to AHS guidelines at the time of the event but if things are open we will be doing tours every 2 hours on the hour beginning at noon. We love telling the story of our farmers growing this amazing barley, malted just down the road, and brewed here...local-like
Known for good beer, good people, good atmosphere
close to fish ponds, bike trails, dog parks, world's largest fishing lure