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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
+1 403-553-2731
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Driving, Golfing, Ice skating, Camping, Gambling, Hiking, Mountaineering, Snowboarding, Walking, Dining, Getting married, Horseback riding, Shopping, Snowmobiling, Skiing, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

A brilliant visit. The center is built into the hillside. Follow the directions, start from the top & work your way down, level by level. We stopped to talk to one of the staff, a lovely old guy who told us a little of his upbringing as an Indian, being put into a school, his travels around Europe & a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We took a day trip to Head Smashed in from Calgary with two children aged 3 and 5. Wow, what a brilliant day. Plenty to keep us all entertained including a wonderful native American dance display. I would highly recommend this attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I first heard of this place when I was in 6th grade and I immediately wanted to see it. I didn't make it here until age 44! Admittedly, as I drove up to the site I first felt a little disappointed because there didn't appear to be much to see. Nonetheless, I parked and went inside where I was thrilled.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Whether you go for the stunning architecture that blends this facility into the prairie cliffs, or for the aboriginal history that is interpreted at this site, you will not be disappointed. This is one of Alberta's premier attractions. As you approach Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump on the highway, it will subtly come into view, blended skillfully into the cliffs... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Very we'll presented exhibition in building very sympathetic to area. Only disappointment that there was not a small herd of buffalo nearby. Also gift shop could have been better - perhaps too early in the season and can't help but wonder why they don't steer you through the shop on you way out.

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Leduc, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We really enjoyed this World Heritage Site. There is a shuttle that will take you from the parking lot to the Center at the top of the hill, but we chose to walk, enjoy the view and snap some pictures. The staff were all very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a very welcoming atmosphere. We were there when two other bus... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

so well done, when you approach the site you can not see any buildings, it appears to be just the rolling hills and cliff. the building is built into the side of the cliffs. very interesting, exhibits can be easily seen and the information is not hidden behind glass cases that usually make it hard to read. very quiet and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We had been to Head Smashed In before (twice) but really wanted to go again. If you are going to visit, which I definitely recommend, make sure you allow plenty of time to explore as there is so much to see. As well as all the exhibits inside there is a walkway outside, which is wheelchair friendly, which leads to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

When first arriving at the attraction we first went to the theatre to watch a short film about the history of the site, after which we went to the top of the building for the viewpoint outside and then worked our way down all the floors to the exit. My impression is that it is a very well put together... More

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Nelson, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The was a recommended attraction from friends in New Zealand. Their glowing comments were appreciated because we had a wonderful time, We enjoyed seeing how the hunters of the past lived and made maximum use of the buffalo so little was wasted and the herds not wiped out. We had a bonus as a local speaker was talking to a... More

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