Fascinating. Beautiful. Incredible.

Those are just a few of the words visitors used to describe their experience at the Calgary Stampede OH Ranch for Alberta Open Farm Days! The Calgary Stampede is proud to have welcomed more than 500 people on Sunday, August 23. This is the first time, since the historic property was gifted to the Calgary Stampede Foundation in 2012, that the OH Ranch has opened its gates to the public.

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Pictured: guests listening to OH Ranch manager, Ken Pigeon

Alberta Open Farm Days was a huge successes and the turnout for OH Ranch tours was amazing! Many of those who stopped in for a visit are neighbours from the communities of Longview, High River, Okotoks and Turner Valley. Our guest book now holds names from many other provinces, and even other countries, including Australia, South Korea and the Netherlands!

It was also fantastic that so many Stampede volunteers and employees came out to support the event. Now they can now speak about the OH Ranch from personal experience. Thanks for sharing your day with us!

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Pictured: guests learning about the NWMP Outpost

The aim of Alberta Open Farm Days is to help people learn more about where their food comes from. Staying true to its agricultural roots, the OH Ranch is a working ranch that produces Angus beef. Ranch manager, Ken Pigeon, and foreman, Robert Lippert, handle the day-to-day animal care and land management, using as many traditional methods as possible.

After so much talking during the tours, it could be a quiet week at the OH Ranch! But, both men say being able to share what they do with so many people is extremely rewarding.

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Pictured: (R) OH Ranch manager, Ken Pigeon, and (L) foreman, Robert Lippert

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) calls the care of the historic rangeland at the OH Ranch a ‘great example of how conservation should work.’ We’re pleased that Mike Gibeau of the NCC could be on hand this weekend sharing that message and showing visitors the important conservation work being done at the OH Ranch.

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Pictured: Mike Gibeau teaching guests about NCC standards and best practices.

The final stop on the tour of the historic OH Ranch was the replica of the North West Mounted Police Cabin, that was built on the land in 1890. It was one of two opportunities for guests to learn about the history of the property from members of the Calgary Stampede’s Historical Committee.

For many visitors, it seems it was hard to head back home after the tour. On his way out, one man stopped to say “this country is just one and a quarter steps from heaven. It really is special.”

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A picture perfect day at the Calgary Stampede OH Ranch.