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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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Candiac
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It is a UNESCO Heritage site. It is the only remaining buffalo jump remaining. It's history and usage had been traced back 6,000 years. The staff are largely Blackfoot and are extremely knowledgeable. The 6-story building is set back into the cliffs in order to respect the integrity of the land, and so as not to appear too touristy. It... More

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Georgia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This beautifully designed park brings to life the buffalo hunts that meant survival for the earliest residents of the province. An excellent video reenacts the dangerous and difficult process by which the Blackfoot community captured enough food for the extreme winters they faced. Paved trails lead visitors to the steep cliff from which the buffalo dropped toward waiting tribal members.... More

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I thought it would just be a little stop on our way to Canmore, however the museum turned out to be very impressive and a real eye-opener! It is really worth your time to visit this amazing site!

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Drachten
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Granted, it's a little bit out of the way, but they turned a simple cliff where they ran buffaloes of into a very professional and interesting museum, where you can learn everything about not only the time period, but also about the buffaloes and other wildlife! A small hike completes your day. Let me put it this way; if you... More

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Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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160 reviews 160 reviews
79 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This place is amazing. A walk back in time! The scenery is gorgeous so don't forget your camera. Start the tour with the movie, then move through the museum, read everything! There is a lot of information there and all of it is interesting. The guides are there and have a lot to say so listen closely and ask lots... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

They have done an excellent job turning what is simply a cliff used to run bison off of into a major historical and cultural site. I was very surprised to find a world class, seven story museum facility at the site when I arrived - complete with a shuttle bus to take tourists from the parking lot up to the... More

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

Hello Peter, Thank you for taking the time to review our site on TripAdvisor. We appreciate the detailed description of your visit and want our furture guests to know that the shuttle is only available during our peak season. Please check our website for full details. Thanks! The HSIBJ Team More

Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent about 4 hours total here. We enjoyed the touring through the museum which is built into the cliffs beside one of the jump sites. You can walk out to the upper area where the buffalo went over and after touring the museum you can walk out to the base area of two different jump sites. I was looking... More

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

Hello Linda, Thank you for visitng the site and taking time to review Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump on TripAdvisor. We have passed your feedback on to our cafe. If you have any other concerns or suggestions, please email us at info.hsibj@gov.ab.ca. Thanks, The HSIBJ Team More

Castro Valley, California
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211 reviews 211 reviews
87 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our vacation. We came on a Wednesday because they have First Nations dancing on Wednesdays during July and August. The dancing takes place outside the entrance to the museum. (Seating is mostly in the sun, although there are some seats in the shade.) The dancers were magnificent and the clothing was gorgeous. The... More

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

Hello Wardgarner, Thank you for your excellent and detailed review of our center. We are happy to see that you had a great visit. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please email us at info.hsibj@gov.ab.ca Thanks, The HSIBJ Team More

York, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

One not to be missed. It is set out on different floor each one giving different displays and a comfortable theatre to watch a video giving background info. On reaching the top level you walk out to the actual Buffalo Jump and its viewing platform. All of this has disabled access with plenty of lifts.

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

Hello Phillipa, Thank you for taking the time to review our site and mentioning that the building is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Visitors with mobility issues should note that portions of our Lower Trail are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. If you have any concerns or sugestions, please email us at info.hsibj@gov.ab.ca Thanks! The HSIBJ Team. More

Lethbridge, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

June 21, first day of summer my friend and I went to the dance and drumming of the Aboriginals in our area. We enjoyed it very much and were lucky enough to see the celebrations twice, we arrived at 11AM just in time for the first one. There were people from Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, various US states, and various... More

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

Doreen L, Thank you for taking the time to review our site! If you have any concerns or suggestions, please email us at info.hsibj@gov.ab.ca Thanks! The HSIBJ Team. More

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