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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Address: Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
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+1 403-553-2731
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a...

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 World Heritage Site - has been used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains nearly 6,000 years.

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So interesting you forget the educational part

A must see for anyone in the area. A beautiful building with excellent displays. This centre takes you on a historic buffalo hunt.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A must see for anyone in the area. A beautiful building with excellent displays. This centre takes you on a historic buffalo hunt.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

The facilities and staff are outstanding. The historical displays are highly educational. The scenery is to die for.

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Bellingham, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

At first, it seemed interesting to see how the natives had used the cliffs for hunting. The more one looked around and saw what was done, the more disheartening the visit became. The natives drove thousands of buffalo over the cliff but only used some. No attempt was made to turn the herd once a bunch had gone over the... More 

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Clarkdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This is our second visit to a "Buffalo Jump" and we find it fascinating how creative the people were to hunt in this manner for so many years. This is the best one of these we have visited and the improvements, structures, and exhibits are top notch. It's just a little off the beaten path but well worth the stop.... More 

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The drive across the plains from Fort Macleod to the site takes you from flat lands to this rocky outcrop. There is ample parking, off season anyway, even for a large motorhome. There is short walk up to the entrance and into this museum built into the side of the outcrop. It's a really well laid out interpretive centre. Starting... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you wonder how the Native Americans lived before the European invaders came, this place is a small window into that time. Seriously brave, hearty and intelligent people herded fearsome, stampeding buffalo over a cliff to enable them to butcher them. This was no trip to Safeway, and the dioramas and outdoor walk give the visitor an inkling what it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

First - this is a United Nations World Heritage Site - and after visiting, I can see why. It is totally worth some time on anyone's trip to the area. Very impressive. I had scoped it out before leaving Seattle and it was on our MUST DO list........ not disappointed.... The actual museum is built into the cliff-side itself, architecturally... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Alberta in September is not a sun'n'sea holiday so hopefully you go with a desire to understand the local history and heritage and to see the places of interest. Buffalo Jump certainly delivers. A well designed and laid out exhibition/museum telling about the lives of the First Nation plains people by use of replica displays, actual artifacts, video and written... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is amazing. Went here on day visit. Found out so much about the Indians who lived in Canada. There History,Food,Culture,Way of life. site is massive. Has plenty of walks and even a Tepee. Restaurant has Buffalo to try.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Fort Macleod isn't exactly the tourist mecca of Alberta, but if you are in the area, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a very well done historical site that depicts the reality of the nomadic Indians who roamed the plains and hunted the buffalo to survive. Plan on spending about two hours here. Interesting film to accompany the multi-story exhibit. Worth... More 

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Hello! Thanks for taking the time to review our site on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your visit and your feedback. We want all of our guests to have a five star experience so if there is something we could have improved upon, please let us know. Thanks, The HSIBJ Team More 

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