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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a...

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 interesting museum

Really enjoyed our visit which was interesting and informative. Really clever layout of the building means you can hardly see anything if the building because of the way it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit which was interesting and informative. Really clever layout of the building means you can hardly see anything if the building because of the way it is built into the hillside. Shame that they did the drumming demonstration inside when it was hot and sunny outside.

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Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of those places where one can feel the history. The top of the museum leads out to the viewpoint of the jump itself. This allows the place to come to life with history. You can just imagine being there. The exhibits inside are informative as well, but to me it was the sense of being in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I hadn't been to Head-Smashed-In since the facility first opened back in 1987, so felt it was high time for a visit! At $15 per adult, the admission price is reasonable. FWI, there is a restaurant there with buffalo dishes and bannock, so don't make the mistake I did and eat in Fort Macleod. The parking lots are at the... More 

Thank Barb B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is all explained, expertly, at this very well done UNESCO World Heritage Site. The facility itself, tucked into the cliff blends with the landscape. The exhibits and the short video explain in detail the story of the Bison in the area, from the Native Americans through the white man, to current conservation efforts. There are walking trails outside to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful and modern museum-learning facility set into a desert rock wall. From the outside there is no way to see that inside there are several small and manageable levels of modern-style museum exhibits (Audio and visual and simple interactive etc, but mostly artifacts). Details on physical setup below. Most important, this is very cool. I am amazed at how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth the two hour trip from Calgary. A state of the art museum at the site of the amazing buffalo jump/killing that puts you right into the life of First Nation peoples. On Wednesdays during the summer, native dancers put on an interactive show. One of the few places that you need to visit to fully understand what happened here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very well done and reasonably priced. Kids aged 8 and 10 were interested in the exhibits and enjoyed themselves. Definitely worthwhile.

Thank Kyle O
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited "Head Smashed In" from Calgary. A very pleasant drive, that is not too long in duration if you have kids with you. Although the route south is direct, we went off course a few kilometres north of the turn off to the site, just to enjoy a bit of rural life and the stunningly beautiful canola fields in... More 

Thank Susan C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump is off the beaten path a bit on the Journey from Calgary to Waterton. It is an ancient site where the native people would stampede bison over a cliff to kill them for winter provisions. The young native guide did a fine job of explaining the procedure after a short documentary on the subject. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the third time I have been to Head-Smashed-In since it opened and I have enjoyed each visit. This is an excellent exhibit on Blackfoot culture and way of collecting food with reference to the introduction of the horse and of European contact. It is definitely worth the visit. We spent 4 hours there and came away with an... More 

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