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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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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I give this a 3 star but it should have been more. The museum and location is awesome, although the video is a little on the cheesy side. My biggest complaint is that the gift shop is of poor quality. The t shirts we bought shrunk 3 sizes in the first wash, in cold water at that. A total rip... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump a few days ago. The site opened in 1987 and is 18 km from Fort Macleod. The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump site is where the Blackfoot led buffalo over the cliff edge to their death. At the bottom of the cliff they would butcher the bison. The site got its name from... More

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Airdrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Wow, we learnt so much about the aboriginals and their hunting skills and especially how long they've been around in Alberta, and North America. The centre is built into the escarpment and fits in quite nicely to the surroundings. Beautiful views are accessible from the top level and walking along the pathway provides an appreciation for the how important the... More

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Calgary
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump is tucked away off Hwy 2 near Fort McLeod Alberta. It truly is a wonderful museum and historic site and I think it should not be missed. We were there on a Wednesday and were able to be part of the first nations dancing that was provided outside the building. The museum is set up... More

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Edmonton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Excellent place to visit! It features how first nations people did their hunting and trapping. There's a few hiking trails to take if you have more time to visit.

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

After visiting 21 years ago my husband & I always promised ourselves we'd return one day, especially with our children & this Aug we did with our 2 teenage daughters. Amazing place with 5 floors (with lifts) of fascinating information about life for the native Canadians before the white man arrived with guns & horses. To get the best from... More

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Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This place is an very interesting and learning experience for us especially learning about the native people hunting and trapping the buffalo to the edge of the cliff and how native people survive during that time. The cool part not just learning the history of it but also has the chance to walk around the cliff and enjoy this beautiful... More

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Toronto
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's a great site and can teach you a lot about the native way of life. The building is well set up and the displays are wonderful. The trail up top lacked anything to see, but I was impressed that the telescopes were free. Due to time restraints, we were unable to walk the trails down below. Although I ranked... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Though it seemed that the museum was laid out a bit weirdly at first - it kind of seems like you start at the end - it all made sense on the way back down. After seeing the site, you go back through the museum, which is very informative without being dull. The movie was mildly disturbing, but good. We... More

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Granum
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great educational site to teach children the history of First Nations heritage and to view great examples of the early way of life

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