The Bar U Ranch. Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only National Historic Site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada. The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development, and is rich in cultural landscape features. www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/baru/index.aspx
Friends of the Bar U Ranch. The role of the “Friends of the Bar U” is one of stewardship of the Bar U ranch; promoting understanding of the history of ranching, and demonstrating historical ranching practises. www.friendsofthebaru.com
A & C Ranch is in Marwayne, Alberta. It’s a working horse ranch offering holiday packages for people who want to see what makes a real horse ranch tick. They train 30 to 40 horses every year and sell them all over Western Canada. Those who want to work with horses and who want to learn more about the horse business can find more information at: www.albertahorseranch.com
The BC Cowboy Heritage Society – www.bcchs.com – has a mandate to preserve and promote cowboy heritage in BC. The Society also puts on the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and they started and run the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame!
Meadow Springs Ranch is a small working ranch that takes in guests in the South Cariboo, BC. They do trail rides and other horseback riding and have cabins to rent. See their wesite at: www.meadowsprings.com
A BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum! One of the few museums that is dedicated to featuring cowboys, ranching, and rodeo. It also has sections on Williams Lake, BC. www.cowboy-museum.com.
Hugh McLennan – the voice of “The Spirit of the West” radio show! Hugh delivers keynote addresses, speeches, and inspirational messages to audiences all over North America! You can hear the radio show on-line, read about Hugh, and/or find out how you can join him and his wife Billie on a Cruise! You can also listen to the “Spirit of the West” radio show in Windows Media right here at: www.hugh-mclennan.com.
Watch Lake Lodge and Guest Ranch – more than just a Dude Ranch. They rent original log cabins, have great rainbow trout fishing available, and do Trail Rides and Horseback Riding. Located at Watch Lake in the beautiful South Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada! www.watchlake.com
Horseshoe Creek Outfitters will take you to the trophy animals – Canadian big game hunting at it’s best. Many trophy animals are taken every year and Horseshoe Creek Outfitters receives many awards every year! Mule deer, elk, whitetail deer, black bear, moose, grizzly, and wolf are all available in Horseshoe Creek’s hunt area of Northern British Columbia, Canada. www.horseshoecreekoutfitters.com
The Gordie West Band plays memorable country & western music – good old cowboy songs from the past. Gordie West and Mike Dygert are a delightful dual that make the music come alive! They are performers and entertainers, not just singers, and when they are on stage their audience will be entertained!www.gordiewestband.com
Cowboy Poet BJ Smith draws upon his experience as a retired mountie, packer, horse trainer, ski patroller, and back country guide to feed his appetite for stories and poems. His heart’s in the Rocky Mountains, summer or winter on horseback or skis. www.bjsmith.ca