Are you QRious about Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park??

Welcome to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation’s QR Information Centre.

   This is a QR (Quick Read) symbol.

By scanning it with your Smartphone, you will be provided with information (videos, text, and audio files) that the Park signs alone just can’t provide!


Why QR at a Park?

QR technology allows us to keep you current with park goings-on. The more research we carry out, the greater our knowledge base, and the more information we will be able to share with you about Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and its incredible natural and historical resources.

When you scan the QR symbols on the signs you find in the park and the interpretive centre, your smartphone will transport you to websites or YouTube clips that bring Glenbow to life. From historical footage of Glenbow Siding to researchers speaking passionately about the  animals and plants here in the park, you will learn that Glenbow is a dynamic and exciting place to visit!

The codes are active on the following signs – look for them as you make your way through the Park, and scan the codes to hear more Park stories:

  • The Map Sign –  Trail profiles and descriptions provided here! Use this to choose which trail will best suit you needs for the day!
  • Tipi Rings – There’s more underfoot than you’d believe.
  • Bearspaw Ranch – This is where the original Glenbow Ranch used to be.
  • Glenbow Quarry – Over 100 years ago, this was a vibrant and active industry in the valley.
  • Foothills Fescue Research Institute (recently renamed the Shell Grasslands Recovery Project) – This park is all about the grasses. Find out more fascinating trivia about why we should “Rescue the Fescue”!
  • Glenbow’s Corrals – Learn all about ranching from a local rancher.
  • Glenbow’s Grasslands – more information about this special resource.
  • Grassland Heritage – A little history of the Park’s ranching operations.

How Does it Work?

You need a smartphone, such as an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phone.  An iPad 2 with 3G would also work.  You do not need a separate barcode scanner; you will use the camera of your phone to scan the QR code.  In order to instantly link to the media content, you need an internet connection, such as your phone’s 3G data connection.  If you have internet browsing disabled or cannot get a good cell signal, you will not be able to access to the rich content immediately.

How to Get a QR App on Your Phone


Tap on the App Store icon.

Search for “QR” and you will see many QR scanners, both free and paid.  Our preferred QR scanner is “QR App.”

Tap on the App that you wish to download or purchase, and enter your password.


Launch Android Market.

Tap the magnifying glass to search, and enter “QR” and  you will see many QR scanners, both free and paid.

“Barcode Scanner” comes highly recommended.

Select an App and select “install” to download it.

How Do I Use the QR Scanner App I Downloaded?

Once you launch your QR scanner app, point the phone’s camera at the QR code.  If the app displays a frame, try to centre the QR code within the frame.  Some QR scanners automatically take a picture once the QR code comes into focus; others require you to press the camera button.  Once you have scanned the code, most apps take you directly to the media content.






255001 Glenbow Road
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7
Phone: 403-851-9053

Park Hours
The park is open for your enjoyment Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

Visitor Information Centre
Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability.





Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Foundation 2012.
All rights reserved.