One-day itinerary - Turner Valley
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Getting To The Bar U and Turner Valley
Read more about the Turner Valley Gas Plant tour here.
Drive from Calgary: Using AB-2 S and AB-540 W, you’ll arrive at the cookhouse at the Bar U National Historic Ranch in just over an hour. Turn north on the Cowboy Trail (AB-22) and in less than 30 minutes you are in Turner Valley.
Drive from Edmonton: It’s about a 4.5-hour drive south on the AB-2 S through Calgary and west on AB-540 to arrive at the cookhouse at the Bar U National Historic Ranch. Turn north on the Cowboy Trail (AB-22) and in less than 30 minutes you are in Turner Valley.
Drive from Regina: It’s about an 8-hour drive west to Turner Valley on the Trans-Canada Hwy/SK-1 W, to Medicine Hat where the route shifts to use many two-lane options across the province. Turn north on the Cowboy Trail (AB-22) and in less than 30 minutes you are in Turner Valley.
Morning – Start the day with a cup of cowboy coffee
Your visit to the Bar U Ranch National Histoic Site has to include a cup of cowboy coffee and fresh baking before you visit the rest of the “living” ranch. Then moosy on down to the ranch and visit with the interpreters as they demonstrat real ranch skills from over 100 years ago.
Walk around and through the buildings or jump on a horse-drawn carriage to see it all. Stop in the shade of the cottonwood trees at the “round-up camp” and try your hand at roping a (fake) calf. Or, settle down on a bale of hay to listen to some cowboy poetry. There’s never a dull moment out on the range.
If you didn’t hang your lip over a ranch-hand meal at the Bar U, stop in at the local favourite stomp – The Twin Cities Hotel in Longview. The restaurant is a destination for many a touring motorcycle or classic car.
Afternoon – Visit the birthplace of Alberta’s oil boom