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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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This was my fourth visit to this museum and I still learned something new. It is built into the cliff side beside the actual jump. It is very well laid out and informative... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was my fourth visit to this museum and I still learned something new. It is built into the cliff side beside the actual jump. It is very well laid out and informative, covering almost 9,000 years of history. The cliff top viewpoint is amazing on a clear day (which we didn't have). The staff are very friendly and helpful.... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Fantastic museum for the whole family. Visited mid week and saw the traditional dancing too which just added to the experience. Staff friendly and informative.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived well after closing, but the parking lot gate was open so we proceeded anyway as this has been on my bucket list for decades. Another set of visitors and my family had the whole lower trail loop to ourselves where there was a group of foraging deer. Unlike other reviewers, I would say that the lower trail had... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Its a UNESCO world heritage site. So need not say more on the importance of this place. It educates us of how every animal of the food chain is important and the perils of man over exploiting the resources around us. Felt sad to learn of how the buffalo population reduced to mere thousands from once what was in millions.... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

They have bannock bread in cafeteria excellent museum with 6-7 floors and an amazing look out point! They have a buffalo for good pics and movies about the history of the people and their experience!

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Edmonton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Full of history, and information. The attraction is built into the hill and had 6 levels. They recommend starting at the top ( you enter at the bottom) and working your way down. There's an excellent film presentation that depicts an actual kill event and explains the methods used. There's a small gift shop on the entry level, and a... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We stopped here with our young boys (ages 6 and 4) on our way from MT to AB. This is powerful museum- I found it more sophisticated than most American museums and very focused in its intentions. The building itself is artfully un-intrusive, almost not visible from the road which really seems to preserve the power of the site itself.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

This site is excellent! Starting with a scuttle bus at the bottom of the hill for those who cannot make the walk. This interpretive centre is beautifully done, excellent exhibits, educational movies, and guided tours if desired. This is an awesome outing for young and old. Well worth the trip off the beaten path. A vision into Canadian History that... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Our visit to the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was one of the highlights of our recent trip to visit the province of Alberta in Canada. Located about 10 miles (18km) from Fort MacLeod, this World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO features an award-winning architectural building and visitors viewing site. The exhibits are well prepared with informational signs explaining customs and practices... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Well worth the trip. Great staff, interesting exhibits, handicapped access. Everything is very well done. I found it very interesting to learn more about the First Nations people in the area and the amount of ceremony involved in the jump. The facility is very well maintained and I recommend you have lunch in their cafeteria.

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