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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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Interesting and well represented

This was a return trip with teens, having visited several years ago without kids. This interpretive centre does a good job of presenting the history in an attractive and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Shelagh944
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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This was a return trip with teens, having visited several years ago without kids. This interpretive centre does a good job of presenting the history in an attractive and interesting way. The films were engaging and informative, as were the displays. It's worth the detour to visit.

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Olney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Had a great time here. Don't be afraid to ask the staff questions as this was the most enjoyable part of our visit. The friendly shuttle bus driver gave us a pointer before we entered and the gift shop employee (Carrie) was wonderful in answering our numerous questions.

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Nanton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I have been here before in the off season when it is virtually empty. Which was better as the layout space seems cramped with lots of people and the gravity of the massacre before and after colonization is not relayed when your shuffled and bumped and everything feels sweaty. It would be nicer if there were more hands on things... More 

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

Hello Cetapod, Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to review us. We have noted your review and will be passing on your feedback to both the cafe operator and our maintenance company. If there is anything else that could have improved your experience, please don't hesitate to contact us. More 

Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Although we had visited this Cultural Centre about 20 years ago, we decided to take our out of province friends there in June this year. We happen to arrive on Seniors Day so the admission fee was free. The audio/visual displays telling the story of the natives hunting the annual migration of buffalo were outstanding as well as the use... More 

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Connah's Quay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Brilliant ,lots to see and hear. 6 floors of information regarding how the indians lived and survived many years ago. Great views too

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Plains, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was a walk in history! Loved every minute of it. It was nice to see history and they have done a good job displaying it.

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We drove down from Calgary for a day trip and were not disappointed. The drive is easy and scenic, and the museum is very informative with lots of displays. The on site cafeteria makes a good buffalo burger as well.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The building is very deceiving from the outside as it is built 6 stories into the rock face. When you go to the information kiosk, they will give you a map and directions to go to the TOP and work your way down. It will be easier to understand and imagine this way. At the end there is a theatre... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Information Center is great. The film in the theater explains the functioning of the cliff and the hunting procedure of the first nation people.

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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This site is not far from Fort McLeod, AB. When you enter the Center you are directed to the Information Desk and they tell you about what Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is about but you are directed to a theatre to see the story of the jump. There are displays and you go up top of the cliff and see the... More 

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Address: Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-553-2731
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Fort Macleod
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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