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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Another very well presented display on the history of Canada and how the aboriginal people survived. The building sits into the landscape and I would recommend starting outside... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another very well presented display on the history of Canada and how the aboriginal people survived. The building sits into the landscape and I would recommend starting outside and working your way down the display to the souvenir shop and the exit. One not to rush.

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

Thanks for visiting and writing this review! We appreciate your time and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Safe travels! The HSIBJ Team More 

Banff National Park, Canada
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Drove 250km and arrived at 11am to find out the place was not wheelchair accessable for one of our guests, and we had to leave and return home. Ordinarily you can drive a vehicle up to the entrance to drop people off or get on the shuttle bus, but there was a contractor in a Dodge Ram blocking off the... More 

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

Dear zzzzzz95, We are sorry that you found the vehicle access to the plaza restricted, due to a rare maintenance project, of pavement line painting, on the day of your visit. Unfortunately the safety crosswalk had been freshly painted and it was too wet to permit traffic for a few hours. Our remote location and the variable weather give us... More 

Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 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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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review

Hello Ajzuke, Thanks for visiting and reviewing us on TripAdvisor! We love your review and hope that it is OK if we share it on our social media. If you would rather we not, please email us and let us know - info.hsibj@gov.ab.ca. Safe and happy travels! The HSIBJ Team More 

Whitehorse, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review

Hello Geoff W, Thanks for taking the time to review our site. We wanted to let you know that all of the messages in the center were developed by working closely with local First Nations Elders. We rely on our Blackfoot interpretive staff to build personal connections with visitors. If you can visit during the summer, we have a variety... More 

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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Edmonton
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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 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 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 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 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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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our center! We want to let readers know that our cafe is only open and, our shuttle only generally runs during our busy season, mid-May to mid-September. Up to date information can be found on our website. Thanks again! The HSIBJ Team More 

Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 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 

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