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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Halifax, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We were very impressed with our trip to the smashed in head buffalo jump. I want expecting such an impressive multilevel building. The views from the look out in amazing and is full of information stations to learn about the history of this location. The inside has many levels of artifacts, information and displays. I learned so much and the... More

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Stony Point, NY
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We were there almost 3 hours and could have there longer. See the movie before you visit other parts of the museum, it will make everything more meaningful. It describes the elaborate preparations made for the buffalo hunt before the tribes had horses. The museum is built so that it melds into the environment.

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A great place to stop. Very informative with lots of displays. It was a shame that we missed the drumming and dancing as this only takes place on a Wednesday in July, but otherwise an excellent place.

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Draper, Utah
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place was recommended to us by the Visitor Center. The Kids enjoyed the Videos and the displays. It's a great place for them to learn.

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Edmonton, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
37 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was a little hesitant to go here, thinking it would be pretty boring. I've driven right by dozens of times on my way south. We went because we purchased a family pass for a bunch of Alberta museums, and this one was included. I pictured a cliff and a sign telling me that buffalo died here. Boy, was I... More

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Edmonton, Alberta
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39 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is the finest possible interpretive display. From it emerges a history of the way of life for the Blackfoot people for millenia, the abrupt arrival of Europeans in the form largely of Britons and the rapid destruction of the North American Bison without reason. The very welcoming guide wisely advised us to see the descriptive film first and to... More

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We enjoyed an afternoon at Head Smashed In . There is a lot to see. Found all the movie clips helpful in learning more about the history of the area. Although there were plenty of staff In administration and gift store it appeared there were very few people available to guide guests around and answer questions. Our out of province... More

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Durants Neck, North Carolina
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71 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I was a little hesitant when we talked about stopping there, but I am sure glad I went. Stay for the movie first, then take a walk through the museum and the walk to the lower overlook of the cliff. This is an amazing story. It is also one of the World Heritage Sites. Do NOT miss this exhibit. Basic... More

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Alfred, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The interpretive centre is fabulous. The gift shop is great. The views are unparalleled. Very informative. Highly recommended.

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Edmonton, Alberta
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump, a provincial park and a national historic site, is just short of an incredible presentation of how native people used to hunt buffalo in the past. Very well laid out on 6 levels, complete with elevators for coming and going, the artifacts and dioramas are beautiful. Well worth the side trip down Highway 2 just West... More

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