Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Head-Smashed-In is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Buffalo jumps in North America. The site has has an archaeological record that goes back 6,000 years. This World Heritage Site is open year round and offers an Interpretive Centre and walking trails. Blackfoot Guides interpret the plains buffalo culture. Visit: www.headsmashedin.ca
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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PaulaDDuck
Toronto, Canada191 contributions
Sep. 2021
This heritage site is a must see. We were welcomed to the site and advised to see the movie immediately since it was restarting in a few minutes. This film was an excellent overview and certainly provides a lot of information. As per the direction by the staff, we went up to the upper viewpoint and then came down through the various levels of the museum. There is a wealth of information and if you really want to read/experience everything and walk both the upper and lower trails, you will need more than 2 hours. The museum and upper trail are fully accessible. If you are able, also do the lower trail to provide a different perspective - it is not accessible to walkers/wheelchairs.
Written September 20, 2021
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Sarah K
Edmonton, Canada1,012 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
The customer service we got at reception was AWFUL. They gave absolutely no information and everyone was walking around the museum lost looking for stairs elevators, bathrooms and where the heck to start. While the information and subject matter are interesting, this museum is laid out like garbage. All over the place. Also, charging customers $2 for a guide to the interpretive trail after they just paid $15 is ridiculous. Just put some signs out explaining what's up or give the info for free online or something. Wouldn't recommend going here because of our poor experience.
Written September 19, 2021
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Prairieboy54
Grande Prairie, Canada14 contributions
Sep. 2021
Get the entire experience and start from the top and work your way down. Sometimes you forget about the history of our native people, and there is no better way to show that than this site. It is well done and well told. We were here 25 years ago and there has been several improvements that even dug deeper and displayed it better. I wished there was a gift shop and café open to extend the experience even longer. Great for families too. Only negative handicapped parking was non existent.
Written September 16, 2021
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Tumauni
Ottawa, Canada17 contributions
Jul. 2021
WE have been before quite a few years ago and the place just keeps getting better. We were with our grandkids (6 & 10) and they LOVED it. So much information and a beautiful facility. It is sooooo worth the trip....I would say it's a must see for everyone
Written August 22, 2021
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Heather L
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
Aug. 2021
We loved going here and learning about the history and how indigenous people used these natural cliffs in their hunting. The centre has displays as well as films. I’d start the tour by going to the top floor of the building, going outside to see the actual jump, and then proceeding through the centre from the top floor down. There are some good easy walking trails too but we missed doing them because we visited on a rainy day (it was a perfect way to spend a rainy day).
Written August 10, 2021
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jjluke
Calgary, Canada1,134 contributions
Aug. 2021
We visited the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Center to kill some time prior to check in at our cabin during our long weekend trip and found it to be an exciting and interesting highlight.

The center has multiple levels detailing the First Nations history and culture. Tons of exhibits to keep you busy over the course of a few hours. We perceived the staff on hand to be easy going and nonchalant, but we didn’t really need to interact extensively apart from paying admission. The center also has a pathway to a more direct view of the jump from the top level, as well as a theater which plays on rotation the strategies used to hunt buffalo in the past. Visitors can hike the bottom path for free without the price of admission.

Overall we felt it was great value and interesting from a cultural standpoint. It is worth the price of admission for a morning or afternoon, and visitors can add hikes to their itinerary to enhance their experience.
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Written August 7, 2021
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qualicumgirl
Qualicum Beach, Canada302 contributions
Jul. 2021
My sister and I spent about three hours here, including our picnic overlooking the unique scenery from a height. . The design of this interpretive center makes it almost invisible from a distance, hugging the prairie landscape up the steep terrain. You climb through the building, but of course it is also completely wheelchair accessible. I loved walking out to the overlook to see the frightening precipice. The interpretation is wonderful, a combo of dioramas, artifacts, pictures and maps…and a wonderful 15 minute movie in a comfortable theatre. It is all air conditioned, and this was an asset on a hot midsummer day. The cultural guide, Conrad Little Leaf, added an important dimension to the experience and added to my understanding “in a good way”.
Written July 27, 2021
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TTP
Calgary, Canada1,578 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Couples
This is a very nice historical site . One might think its not a big deal, but when you actually read and understand the history of it , its great . They have done everything to illustrate the history and the story about the cliff. There is much to see and theatre too.
There a re some trails too of anyone is interested .
Entire visit and the trail to the cliff took about 45 mts.
There are clean rest areas and parking too.
Written July 25, 2021
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DiscoverAlberta
Airdrie, Canada166 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Make sure the site is open before you go. Please note that if the site is closed, you will not have access to see this attraction. You cannot park and hike to the location even when its closed.

However the site is very beautiful and I look forward to coming back once it reopens (season and covid free).
Written April 30, 2021
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Laurakatie
98 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Drove past the sign and had to go and have a look as the name was so intriguing. And what we found was so interesting, the best part was talking to a gentleman, I apologise I can not remember his name, who talked us through it all and answered all our questions. What a great place to visit and so interesting to learn about the history of the area.
Written August 21, 2020
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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