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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Much More than Expected

Nice day trip from Calgary . A lot to explore Friendly staff and good trail to explore. Easy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debra S
My family really enjoyed this place

It had been on our bucket list for a while but we finally made the trip from Cochrane. My 11 and 12... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
+1 403-553-2731
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 6, 2004

Travelled to beautiful southern Alberta this summer with my 10 year old. The drive south from Calgary is absolutely beautiful and only gets better the closer you get to Head Smashed. The long scenic drive once you leave the main highway is worth the trip...More

10  Thank WestcoastMom
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 30, 2015

I don't mean to be grouchy.. but am I missing something?! My family and I found Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to be such a let down. Maybe we visited at the wrong time of year (March) ?? We followed the path and instructions from the friendly...More

7  Thank Denise A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice day trip from Calgary . A lot to explore Friendly staff and good trail to explore. Easy drive and time to stop for lunch or breakfast along the way.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had been on our bucket list for a while but we finally made the trip from Cochrane. My 11 and 12 year old were really into reading all the information and loved the exhibits. The videos were very informative and well made. The museum...More

1  Thank teeka33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You must see this place if you are ever in the area. The history is amazing! Very interesting. The energy of the Spirits are out of this world! I received a blessing from a Raven and insight to my future. Beautiful landscape and view at...More

1  Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum that really tells the story of the Buffalo hunting culture, the plains people and the western settlers impact on the stock. We drove from Calgary, and it was totally worth the drive.

1  Thank KristofferH390
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a Wednesday afternoon, the attendants were very friendly and informative. We were given instruction to start at the top and work our way down. It is in tiers but is accessible for strollers and Wheelchairs. The short films are very well done as...More

1  Thank V O
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

The UNESCO world heritage site designation has undoubtedly made this a major tourist draw. Head-Smashed In Buffalo Jump is an illustration of how early peoples in the area had used the cliffs to kill Buffalo to provide for the upcoming winter. It is suggested to...More

1  Thank smrgeog
Reviewed September 30, 2018

An interesting learning experience about the First nations people that used this area. The name is not derived from what you would think (but you will need to look this one up yourself). The museum is indoors with the options of some outdoor walks so...More

1  Thank Les B
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here on the last leg of our trip before heading home. Found the center to be very informative. Learned a lot about our native culture. Children loved it. The food in the cafeteria was excellent as well. The outdoor walking path was a nice...More

1  Thank Korri G
Reviewed September 26, 2018

$ca15 to visit the top of the cliff... a rip-off! You get 7 days in Yellowstone National Park for $35 (US). It is a nice place to have a look at... just from the parking lot.

1  Thank tailung13
Reviewed September 18, 2018 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

1  Thank wetandhappy
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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