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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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We had a Great tour with Little Leaf as our tour Guide. He provided both the educational and spiritual importance of Head Smashed In, his knowledge and experience was a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had a Great tour with Little Leaf as our tour Guide. He provided both the educational and spiritual importance of Head Smashed In, his knowledge and experience was a great experience and eye opener. I have been here in the past, a guided tour is the best way to get the full experience of Head Smashed In.

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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My second visit to this wonderful "historical educational museum." It's not often that one gets to witness an extremely accurate representation of this very ancient and traditional method of hunting. Until our early aboriginal settlers obtained horses and firearms only as recently as the later decades of the 18th century this is how they hunted on foot. The narratives are... More 

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Cork Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I was blown away by this site amazing place to visit, the people and the cleanness of the site and building was fantastic, all the staff were so helpful and friendly. Will be calling again bringing my husband next time too. Also just want to say hello to Alan great to meet you Jackie UK now living in Calgary

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

May 2015 - Did the hike with a guide and even though we got snowed out half way, our guide Stan took us into the museum for a tour. He was so kind, funny and cared about everyone having a good time and never judged dumb questions. We learned so much, i love this place. The gift shop could use... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I have driven past the sign numerous times and decided to stop in and I am so glad I did. Came on a Sunday, it was quiet but not like graveyard quiet. We paid our fee and headed up and out to the kill site. Yes it is just a look out point but it's more than just that. If... More 

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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 

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