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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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An extremely interesting place to visit.. The interpretive centre is built into the hillside with... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
Crail, United Kingdom
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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 November 6, 2018
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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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18 Kms North & West of Fort Macleod on Highway 785, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
+1 403-553-2731
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Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

An extremely interesting place to visit.. The interpretive centre is built into the hillside with the top floor leading out to a walk way alongside the actual Buffalo Jump. It is a world heritage site and reasonably priced. We parked at the bottom car park...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Debra S
Reviewed October 28, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank teeka33
Reviewed October 24, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Deborah L
Reviewed October 11, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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