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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a...

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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Where to start? The staff are very friendly and willing to answer questions. There are interactive displays as well as artifacts. Lots to see and learn. The video in the theater... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lethbridge, Canada
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Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Where to start? The staff are very friendly and willing to answer questions. There are interactive displays as well as artifacts. Lots to see and learn. The video in the theater give a visual display of how the buffalo jump would have gone. Great place to learn. Go in the off season. So relaxed.

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Thank you for taking the time to review Head-Smashed-In. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and had your questions answered by our staff. Safe travels, The HSIBJ Team More 

Calgary, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took too long to visit this World Heritage Site. It was very informative and well designed and presented from the videos, to the dioramas and taxidermy. Little Leaf will answer all your questions. It was a very windy day, which it is most of the time, so we didn't venture out too far or too long. I'd like to... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The museum is a beautiful piece of architecture, blending right in with its surroundings, and laid out in a way that is easy to navigate and enjoy the features. The outside trails are easy to follow and have interesting information presented along the way. The only thing I found disappointing was that I found the place to be very impersonal.... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We spent a couple hours at this park and did enjoy the visit. The restaurant is worth the visit; great buffalo burgers and unique husky fries; facility large enough to be well outfitted, but small enough to get fine food. The site building and museum has a lot to offer, but after walking for several hours, we decided to leave.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I lived in Alberta all my life but have never been here. The scenary was amazing driving from Banff. We also enjoyed learning about this site and how it dates back to older than the pyramids. 6000 years ago.

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Gottingen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I'm not sure what I expected before visiting the head-smashed-in buffalo jump, but I have to say: it was pretty interesting. Before, I didn't know too much about the native inhabitants of Canada. The museum was really educative and you have a nice way up to see the sight were the buffalo jump actually happened. I recommend to go in... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Driving from Calgary to Pincher Creek for a family wedding, we returned via Head Smashed In, and why not with a name like that AND a UNESCO site! The staff were welcoming, the exhibits informative, no crowds encountered on a sunny Sunday in late September. The interpretive centre is small and accessible enough for little ones with enough interest for... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The temperature had plunged from a comfortable 24 degrees (C) to 3 degrees, so as its mostly indoors in an interpretive Center, we thought it was definetly worth a visit. Sadly, presumably in an effort to hide the place from detracting from the views, the car park is some distance from the entrance, up a steep hill. Due to the... More 

Thank Richard T
Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It is a very nice and interesting site, with a lot to learn. It is pretty interactive and it makes it very interesting for all the ages. I love how the site is built in the cliff, and driving to it, you wouldn't even notice it. I also recommend their cafeteria for lunch. I'll definitely take all my family there... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The building is amazing, you can barely see it from outside but inside it is 7 storeys in the side of a cliff. Great displays showing the history, outdoor viewing area, gift shops and lots of photo opportunities.

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