Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,647 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NOT A SIMPLE THING TO ORGANIZE
    The simple ingenuity of native tribes to lead bison over a cliff to their deaths is rather stunning. You start at the top floor with the chance to go outside to see the jump area [and the Calderwood jump site in the distance]. I shared the space with a couple of prairie dogs, happy to be photographed. The exhibit is itself creative, allowing a good perspective on what transpired in the course of a bison hunt, including a short film. It was only the start of things when the bison had jumped. Some had to be killed. The skinning of the buffalo was documented. The importance of pemmican for the winter diet was discussed. Native life is outlined as you descend through the exhibit. The place has been a World Heritage Site since 1981.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 5, 2023
  • FT L
    Vancouver Island, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum for the whole family
    Well worth seeing. Loved the animated sequences on the top level—beautifully illustrated and narrated. Excellent design of space. The live drumming and dancing by a Blackfoot group twice a week outdoors in front of the museum during the summer should not be missed. There was Indigenous catering provided during those periods—buffalo burgers and stew.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Pat M
    Baltimore, Maryland321 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Experience
    We had never heard of this site until a coworker mentioned it when she heard we were vacation Alberta. It is a must-see if you are in the area. The history and educational movies and exhibits are excellent. The architecture of the facility is amazing as it is a multi-level building whose structure fits neatly into the hillside. It was well worth the short ride off the highway.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
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Celia63
Edmonton, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The interpretive centre is worth it. As a family we learned a lot about history as well as the First Nation people. Love the short film, don’t miss if you visit this place.
Written August 2, 2022
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Johnny H.
Manassas, VA344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The visitor center for the Unesco World Heritage Site, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump is one of the best I have been to. Great interpreted scenes from history and I really liked how they projected stories on large rocks around the different rooms. It is 4 stories as you have to go to the top to access the trail to the cliffs. And just like the Buffalo, you go down through the museum to the end.
Written July 16, 2022
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Darren R
United Kingdom60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Our first trip to Canada visiting family and we had a ride out to this place. Full of interesting history about Native American's and their way of life, and how they hunter Buffalo.

What really made it awesome was speaking to Little Leaf who answered some other questions and gave us some interesting facts filling in some of the gaps. Such a lovely person. All I can say is that if the staff asks you if you have any questions then please do ask, as they are so proud to tell you more about their ancestors and culture.

The views are also fantastic and we could see the mountains. Absolutely stunning.

Thank you Little Leaf 💙
Written July 6, 2022
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Twomaples
Canada451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Tucked into the landscape, the centre is beautifully designed for you to start at the top and work your way down. Displays are eye-catching, interesting and very informative especially an area where the text is projected on the rocks.

I highly recommend taking the hike into the valley to fully understand the site, but to also appreciate the wide variety of plants in the area. We were fortunate to see two archeology groups at work and to chat briefly with some of the members. Why is the parking lot at a lower level? To not disturb the potential archaeology.

My second visit, highly recommended.
Written June 25, 2022
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OntarioCanuck1
Georgetown, Canada4,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Museum is a great display, elevators to top then walk down 5th exhibit, well designed. Good movie,
Walking trail worthwhile, active digs and students very happy to talk to u.
Written June 16, 2022
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Jessica S
Canada242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
What an incredible space. You can feel the power of the land and the history while walking the outdoor trails. I am so glad I made the drive to experience this.
Written June 3, 2022
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PaulaDDuck
Toronto, Canada191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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, Canada1,034 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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