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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Address: Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-553-2731
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Description: Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a location...
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 World Heritage Site - has been used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains nearly 6,000 years.
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This was a very enjoyable experience. The walk at the top of the cliff will stay in my mind for quite a while. The quietness of the grasslands and breeze ruffling your hair was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was a very enjoyable experience. The walk at the top of the cliff will stay in my mind for quite a while. The quietness of the grasslands and breeze ruffling your hair was worth the trip. The evolution of the story of this historic site as you travel up each level of the building is quite unique. What struck... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This summer along with my friends we went to MacLeod, AB to see this area. I had never heard of a Buffalo Jump before so was very interested. The tour takes you through a museum and shows you much about the area and the people from long ago. The actual buffalo jump is still fairly in tact and watching the... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Too celebrate a beautiful Autumn day my husband and myself took off early morning in late October heading out of Calgary due South. Blue skies and sunshine along with gusty winds we enjoyed our trek to a place that we have wanted to experience for the past five years. It did not disappoint us and we spent three hours inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Went to Head Smashed in after advice from friends - so glad we did. It was so interesting. We spent 3 hours there, but didn't seem like that. Learnt a lot about this fascinating site. Well worth the side trip and money. Fantastic building too

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Came here the first year it opened and it was great then. Brought my son back this weekend and its only gotten better. Pay the extra money and get an interpreter to take you around. The scenery is awesome and the peace and quiet and the view is amazing. the museum is great in that it doesn't overwhelm you but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We immensely enjoyed several hours at Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod, AB. The architecture of the museum area is magnificent in its simplicity. The history of the area is well explained.

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Tignish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

What a great place this is for young and old alike.We had heard about this place and we decided to make it part of our trip and we were glad we did.What an amazing place with lots of history and so well set out on display.A must trip to make if your in the area.You will not be disappointed.We made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The museum was very informative and the video about the buffalo hunts was a reenactment of this. I did not realize just how involved it was as in the movies they mostly just get them running and they go over the cliff. I especially liked all the verbiage they had on screens around to tell the Native American story of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

First of all, there is a steep drive and walkway up to the museum. During the more popular months there is a shuttle that takes you up there from the parking area. If you have an elderly person or those for whom walking up a hill might be too much, you could perhaps drive up and leave them on a... More 

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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review

We just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write such a complete review of our center! We are glad you enjoyed your time here. The HSIBJ Team More 

Grande Prairie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

One of Alberta's best kept secrets is the quality of this world heritage site's museum. 5 floors very aesthetically hidden into the face of a hillside. This is a place truly for all ages and will keep old and young alike captivated. I have visited more than 50 world heritage sites around the world and this unassuming spot on the... More 

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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and reviewing! Your five star rating and review mean a lot to us. We would like to share your review on our Facebook page. Please contact us on Facebook or by email (jessica.glombick@gov.ab.ca) if you would prefer we did not post to Facebook. Thanks again, The HSIBJ Team More 

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