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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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Worth the trip there

My wife, adult son and I visited this UNESCO site. It is a bit off the beaten path but worth the... read more

Reviewed today
83bradleyt
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Edmonton, Canada
Great place to learn local aboriginal history

This is a must-see destination in the area. Lots to read and see. Well-done exhibits. You can walk... read more

Reviewed yesterday
RaymondT745
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St. Albert
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the cliff” (86 reviews)
“buffalo jump” (85 reviews)
“first nations” (61 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
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+1 403-553-2731
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"the cliff"
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"buffalo jump"
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"first nations"
in 61 reviews
"bison"
in 43 reviews
"world heritage site"
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"interpretive center"
in 28 reviews
"parking lot"
in 28 reviews
"gift shop"
in 35 reviews
"short film"
in 16 reviews
"shuttle bus"
in 15 reviews
"short walk"
in 15 reviews
"lower trail"
in 11 reviews
"native americans"
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"well worth the visit"
in 13 reviews
"top level"
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"southern alberta"
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Reviewed today

My wife, adult son and I visited this UNESCO site. It is a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip. A unique museum built into a cliff and you view/experience it from top to bottom (kind of like how the buffalo would have...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a must-see destination in the area. Lots to read and see. Well-done exhibits. You can walk right out to near the cliff edge and surrounding area view is amazing. The cafeteria is awesome. The gift shop has lots of good stuff. A shuttle...More

Thank RaymondT745
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This world-class interpretive centre doesn't get the attention it deserves. The facility is constructed beautifully and does a marvellous job of telling the story of the Blackfoot Indians and how this site has been used for over 11,000 years. A worthwhile stop, for sure.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went there just spontaneously on the way to waterton ! No idea what to expect , and it went way better than we thought it would . We didn’t expect museum ... so there was no disappointment when it was closed ! We were...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We really visited because of the name, which interested us. We spent about an hour and a half walking along thd cliff and checking out the exhibits. It was very interesting learning about hunting methods and why the place got its name. Worth a few...More

Thank claire t
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was not excited to go to be honest. I thought it would be boring but it was not at all. Very interesting information via exhibits and videos. The museum was multi level and at the top you walk out to see the cliff. Nice...More

Thank Pet37
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have not been here for over 20 years but happy to return . Great view of the prairies and nice design of building. Information helpful and has more exploring should people want to get out doors. Staff friendly and helpful. It is a national heritage...More

Thank Chbaldwin B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent overview of the life and culture of the plains Indians in southern Alberta. Be sure to take the walk out to the cliff edge.

Thank Joy W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The short film provided on the history was excellent and they had several interesting artifacts but the site itself was extremely disappointing. Was not very well maintained and it was difficult to even imagine the actual jump taking place at this location because of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good cultural experience and great that you get to walk along the jump. Recommend start at the top and work down. Take in the film so you can learn a lot more than you can read. Shuttle bus takes you from the parking lot...More

Thank R L
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Pet37
August 5, 2018|
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Response from Tauna D | Reviewed this property |
I agree with those above who suggested Head Smashed-In. It is a well done exhibit around the actual site of the buffalo run. Fort MacLeod was also good but if you only had time for one, do the Head Smashed-In.
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Shane W
April 4, 2018|
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Response from jaunty5 | Reviewed this property |
I usually allow 2 hours for museums (I rather do a second visit) and for this one a single 2 hour visit is adequate.
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Kat F
June 21, 2017|
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Response from HSIBJ | Property representative |
Hello - sorry for the delay in answering. We have a variety of drop in free programs through the summer. These include short building tours, setting up tipi's throwing spears, mock archaeology dig and more. The schedule for... More
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