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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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Didn't know what to expect but were very impressed

Who would have thought this amazing UNESCO site would be in the middle of the Alberta prairie. It's not far off the main highway and worth the short drive. We didn't know what to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Prince George, Canada
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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Who would have thought this amazing UNESCO site would be in the middle of the Alberta prairie. It's not far off the main highway and worth the short drive. We didn't know what to expect but were impressed with what the facility offered. The explanation/video of how the First Nations used herding methods to successfully hunt drove the point home... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I don't mean to be grouchy.. but am I missing something?! My family and I found Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to be such a let down. Maybe we visited at the wrong time of year (March) ?? We followed the path and instructions from the friendly staff at the entrance..We walked through the very small interpretive centre and stopped in to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Fantastic facility! You can tell a lot of effort and money has been put into this UNESCO World Heritage site. It's far more than just a museum with many interactive activities and informative videos. Plus there is a viewing platform where you get to see the actual place the First Nations herded the Bison over the cliff. Overall it was... More 

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

Thank you for the review Nick! We appreciate you taking the time to visit on your way to Waterton. Safe travels! The HSIBJ Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Visited here on our way through, and certainly glad we did. This was very informative and educational without being dull for kids - which is a bonus. Definitely worth seeing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a truly unique museum. Placed over archaeological digs that go back nearly 6,000 years, the museum tells the story of how the Plains Indians hunted buffalo before the days of the horse. The award winning, architecture of the museum is very impressive and although it is on many vertical levels it is completely wheel chair accessible. Take the... More 

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

Hello Robert, Thank you for taking the time to review our site. If there is anything we could have improved to make your visit worth 5 stars, please let us know! The HSIBJ Team More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

this is a great place to learn more about the First Nations cultures that settled in the southern Alberta area. The site is a bit of a drive from Calgary, but I feel it is well worth the drive. The staff is extremely helpful and willing to answer any questions you have. During the summer there is also drum and... More 

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

Hello Wandering Canucks, We always hope that each of our visitors has an experience worth a five star rating. If there is anything we should improve upon, please let us know. Thanks, The HSIBJ Team More 

Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This facility, despite its seemingly strange name, is one of the most amazing sites in Alberta. It is the site of a huge array of buffalo skeletons. These bison were "herded" by very canny First Nations people into jumping to their deaths, to provide much needed food for the people. The building is built into the existing coulees (hills), and... More 

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

Hello Jack, We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful review! Safe Travels, The HSIBJ Team More 

Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review

Hello Marcia, I sounds like you had a wonderful trip through Southwest Alberta! Thank you for including us on your drive and thank you for reviewing us! Safe Travels, The HSIBJ Team More 

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