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“Amazingly good!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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
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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.
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“Amazingly good!”
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 have any questions left at the end of your visit, you haven't been paying attention! A complimentary shuttle bus is provided to take the tourists from and to the parking lot! Don't miss out on this museum, you will be pleasantly surprised!!

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“Stepping back in time”
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 of questions. Try and go on a Wednesday when they have drumming and dancing on the front square. They have a cafeteria and gift shop with lots of interesting things, many are hand made by the Blackfoot people. I highly recommend this attraction!!

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“Surprisingly Good!”
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 visitor's centre. The information on the archaeological and cultural history of the area dating back nearly 9,000 years was fascinating. The section of the museum outlining the decimation of the bison herds was powerful and emotional. In summary, if you have any interest in early human history, archaeology or culture and are anywhere near this World Heritage Site, you should definitely visit. There are trails around the museum you can explore as well.

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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
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
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Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada
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“Interesting tour into history”
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 forward to the cafe with buffalo stew, chili and burgers on the menu, but was a little disappointed in my stew. It was barely lukewarm, but it had good flavor. My hubby and son enjoyed their buffalo burgers though. The bannock seemed like it was old. It was a little pricey as a plate of onion rings cost $6.95. The theatre had a short and very well done film of the buffalo hunt. It was four hours well spent.

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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
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
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“Fabulous and Wednesdays Even More So”
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 emcee was very good in explaining what you were about to see. We were at the 11AM show and it included a flag ceremony which was quite wonderful. (I don't know if they do the flag ceremony every week.) The museum itself doesn't appear to be much from the outside. That speaks to the excellent architect who designed the structure to sit within the landscape and not be the focal point. Instead the land itself is the focal point. In fact, this is a 6 story building. As you enter, the displays start. Go to the second floor to see the 15 minute movie that depicts buffalo hunting. (The movie may be too graphic for very small children). After you see the movie head to the 6th floor and walk outside to see exactly where the buffalo would stampede off the cliffs. On a clear day, you will be able to see forever. Then, returning inside, you can walk down each fllight of stairs (or elevators), and look at all the different artifacts. If you were to try and read everything, it would take you all day to get through the museum.
There is a nice gift shop. There is a snack bar that is reasonably priced. And there is also a "family" admission (2 adults and 1 child) for $22 CAD.
The Museum is fully accessible and there are a number of restrooms. They have done everything to try and make this a comfortable and educational experience for everyone. Our 11 year old daughter loved this museum.
While this is a little out of the way, about an hour from Lethbridge, you will want to put this on your list of things to see.
While I have indicated that you need more than 3 hours here, you can also get this done in 2-3 hours depending upon your level of interest.

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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
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

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The HSIBJ Team
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