Randy Bates

Life in the MD of Bighorn

Randy Bates talks about early life on the Bates Ranch and the raising cattle & horse operations, cutting fence posts, and provided dairy to Cochrane. He graduated from the Cochrane High School, and during this time he was also the designated School Bus Driver and was only 16-years of age. Once he graduated and stayed to help maintain the Ranch alongside his father. After his father passed away, the Ranch primarily was for raising horses; Quarter Horses, Paints, and Percheron. He also served served as an MD of Bighorn Councillor for 2-terms between 1991-1996. 

Randy Bates, 2015

Randy Bates

The Bar J Ranch 

Elkana Summer Camp was established around 1957 north of Cochrane, which was partly funded Bates Family. When the Elkana Summer Camp was moved to Bragg Creek, the Bates purchased the lands and established which is now the Bar J Ranch in the MD of Bighorn. 


Municipal District of Bighorn Interview highlights of Randy Bates - March 15, 2017.
For full interview, watch the complete Oral History Project Playlist for Randy Bates on the MD of Bighorn YouTube Channel.