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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Reviewed June 2, 2023

A fascinating look at how ancient native Canadians (their descendants who still live in the area are of the Blackfoot tribes) managed to survive in what were pretty tough conditions. The site shows how the native community worked together to organize a buffalo hunt (the ancient prairies had millions of them) by stampeding them over a cliff to their death (sounds a bit gory but life was tough back in those days). Excellent short film showing the re enactment of the hunt. Interesting displays showing life going back thousands of years. A UNESCO heritage set.

Date of experience: May 2023
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Reviewed November 16, 2022

This is an important site that helps understand the traditional way of life of the Blackfoot people who have inhabited the area for millennia. The interpretive centre is large and modern, several floors high each of which contains displays explaining the importance of buffalo jumps in the ancient tradition, and the very top floor is an outdoor walk that overlooks the real site where buffaloes were hunted. This point offers also an excellent panoramic view of the surroundings.

Head-smashed-in-buffalo jump has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO, which should be a good reason to visit in itself. But UNESCO designation aside, this site should be in the to-do list for any visitor in the area.

Date of experience: October 2022
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Reviewed September 1, 2022

We were looking for something fun to do while in Lethbridge and decided to go to this site which is a short drive away.

It's really cool as you come up on it, as it's embedded in the hillside. The museum itself is very educational. It's worth watching the movie first to get an overview of the history they are covering.

Definitely walk outside on the trail to get a sense of the view and expanse of the land.

Date of experience: August 2022
Thank Andrea G
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

We have been a time or two to this UNESCO world Heritage site before but not for many years and it is an amazing venue. I wish it did different things every summer like dancing or theatre, guest speakers, concerts so they would attract more locals more frequently but for global travelers it is a MUST SEE. A beautiful venue that Honours the past and the First Nation culture with artifacts, films, a walk to the actual jump site,gift shop and more.

Date of experience: August 2022
Thank Laurie M
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Reviewed August 12, 2022

Important venue to visit on anAlberta tour. Loved the stories. Easy to absorb yourself in the the museum’s displays, films, books, activities on multiple levels. Walking the site is a must, as is talking with resource people. We were warmly welcomed by Little Leaf when we arrived, which set the tone for an amazing impactful visit. Highly recommended. Educational.

Date of experience: July 2022
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