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This is a still from the documentary “Secret Alberta – The Former Life of Amber Valley.” The film covers the history, legacy, and notable descendants of the most northern black settlement.

Legacy of Alberta’s black pioneers honoured

Alberta’s black pioneers have been recognized with a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque at Amber Valley Cultural Centre in Amber Valley. Between 1908 and 1911, more than 1,000 black Americans left Oklahoma and surrounding states to settle in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, seeking freedom from racial segregation and economic opportunity. They chose […] Read more

Parks Canada has decided Bar U Ranch’s new Percherons 
will be called Poca and Terra.

Bar U Ranch Percherons named after pioneer

After being flooded with suggestions from members of the public, Parks Canada has named its two new Percherons. “After reviewing over 1,000 name suggestions submitted by members of the public, we’re delighted to welcome Poca and Terra to the team at the Bar U Ranch,” said Travis Weber, manager of the national historic site. Jim […] Read more


Whoever names these two Percherons will win a national Parks Canada family pass.

Public invited to name Bar U’s new residents

The famous Alberta ranch was once home to 1,000 Percherons, 
and Parks Canada wants help naming its newest gentle giants

Parks Canada has acquired a brand new pair of Percheron draft horses at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Before the horses begin to welcome visitors, we need to name them. Animals this magnificent deserve equally impressive names, and Parks Canada is inviting the public to submit name suggestions for Bar U’s newest gentle […] Read more