Gunn’s Dairy Barn
Hours of Operation
- Wheelchair Accessible
Gunn's Dairy Barn Menu
5 Oz All-Beef Burger | $10
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Garlic Aioli, Toasted Brioche Bun
Gluten-Free Bun | $1
Breaded Crispy Chicken Burger | $11
Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Garlic Aioli on a Toasted Pretzel Bun
Gluten-Free Bun | $1
Heritage Hot Dog | $5.75
Grilled Smokie | $7.50
Chicken Tenders and Fries | $10
Crispy Chicken Tender Strips with Sea Salted French Fries
French Fries | $4.75
Large Pretzel Twist | $14
Served with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce and Honey Mustard Dip
Classic Caesar Salad | $10
Freshly Chopped Romaine Lettuce, House-Made Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, Caesar Dressing
Add Chicken $5
Gunn’s Barn Corn and Bean Salad | $8
Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Red Onions, Diced Tomatoes, Chick Peas, Bell Peppers, Cilantro
Fruit Salad | $4.25
Coffee or Tea | $3.25
Milk To Go | $4
Bottled Water | $3.50
Bottled Juices | $3.50
About the Gunn's Dairy Barn
John Gunn arrived from Scotland in 1911 to manage the 4X Bakery in Calgary but soon left to concentrate on his burgeoning dairy farm. In 1929, he commissioned Victor Dionne, a contractor from the United States, to build this barn to house his dairy herd at the Gunn farm, which stood just east of what is now the Calgary International Airport.
To lessen their dependence on grain, many prairie farmers branched into dairying. The cows were smiled by hand, usually twice a day. A good milker might produce 3,000 pounds of milk each year.
With its high walls and gambrel roof, this Wisconsin-style barn was ideal for accommodating many cattle and a large supply of hay. The barn was designed to promote cleanliness and herd health while making efficient use of expensive milled lumber. A cement floor allowed for thorough cleaning and a ventilation system ensured good air quality.
During his career as a dairy farmer, Gunn was asked to supply milk to the Banff Springs Hotel during King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s stay, and to the Royal Train during Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s visit to Calgary. Gunn died in 1957, and in 1978 his daughter, Margaret Dallas Gunn, donated the barn and $50,000 to Heritage Park for its relocation and restoration. Gunn’s Dairy Barn is used by the Park as a food service and entertaining facility.
Gunn’s Dairy Barn offers family-friendly dining with full meal selections in a true western atmosphere. The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken fingers, sandwiches, soup and salads.
Open summer only on weekends and holidays