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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Eye Opening account of First Nations

This exhibit is fascinating of is a details look at how the First Nation( Indian) tribes used to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Poole, United Kingdom
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A stunning and humbling experience

Visited a lot of heritage sites and first nations information centers, but this one is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Munich, Germany
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Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a location where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, one of the world's oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps can be found. Head-Smashed-In - a UNESCO...more
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Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This exhibit is fascinating of is a details look at how the First Nation( Indian) tribes used to work together to herd buffalo off a cliff to then utilise the entire animal. There is a walkway outside to the actual site but the films, artifacts...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited a lot of heritage sites and first nations information centers, but this one is special... Tons of information, a real touch of an ancient world that has gone by. What a pity that my ancestors came as intruders and destroyed, willingly or not, a...More

Thank rudi122
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a must-see for tourists and locals alike. Well maintained and explained for both experts and those who know little of indigenous history... you can see the life and past come alive.

Thank JassyD2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent, well maintained and very informative place to visit. You start with a 15 minute introductory movie which will tell you in short what this place is all about: the traditional way of buffalo hunting by the First Nations by means of letting them fall...More

Thank isabella_deruiter
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove here after a recommendation from a friend living in Calgary, he came with us - approx. 2hrs both ways. The name intrigued us & after hearing it was a UNESCO site, we had to go, glad we did. It was nice to see...More

Thank Margaret O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not often we get to see first nation people share their history with tourists on holiday. The exhibits in the museum added to the story in a dramatic way. To then be able to visit the actual site of the ancient practice was the...More

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for stops along the way from Waterton Lakes to Calgary, I found reviews for the Buffalo Jump. I had no idea what it was but after a short amount of research, found out it's a UNESCO site and well-worth the stop. It's a part...More

Thank mme8771
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum the view of the buffalo jump was very beautiful. The displays are well done and we really learned a lot. There is a gift shop and a cafeteria parking was easy .

Thank simpleyme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Interpretive Centre was well done and amazing. The view from the Jump is incredible and transports you back hundreds of years. Sad story of how we’ve ruined a culture and destroyed a species. I highly recommend visiting.

Thank Lindzeelootoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just wanted to say thanks for the informative visit. I learned some new stuff about the buffalo runs and how the tribes survived during the winters in Alberta.

Thank MistressRaven C
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August 5, 2018|
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Response from Tauna D | Reviewed this property |
I agree with those above who suggested Head Smashed-In. It is a well done exhibit around the actual site of the buffalo run. Fort MacLeod was also good but if you only had time for one, do the Head Smashed-In.
Shane W
April 4, 2018|
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Response from jaunty5 | Reviewed this property |
I usually allow 2 hours for museums (I rather do a second visit) and for this one a single 2 hour visit is adequate.
Kat F
June 21, 2017|
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Response from HSIBJ | Property representative |
Hello - sorry for the delay in answering. We have a variety of drop in free programs through the summer. These include short building tours, setting up tipi's throwing spears, mock archaeology dig and more. The schedule for... More