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Address: Fort MacLeod, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-553-2731
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Great History of amazing survival skills

This is our second visit to a "Buffalo Jump" and we find it fascinating how creative the people were to hunt in this manner for so many years. This is the best one of these we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Clarkdale, Arizona
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Bellingham, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first, it seemed interesting to see how the natives had used the cliffs for hunting. The more one looked around and saw what was done, the more disheartening the visit became. The natives drove thousands of buffalo over the cliff but only used some. No attempt was made to turn the herd once a bunch had gone over the... More 

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Clarkdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our second visit to a "Buffalo Jump" and we find it fascinating how creative the people were to hunt in this manner for so many years. This is the best one of these we have visited and the improvements, structures, and exhibits are top notch. It's just a little off the beaten path but well worth the stop.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The drive across the plains from Fort Macleod to the site takes you from flat lands to this rocky outcrop. There is ample parking, off season anyway, even for a large motorhome. There is short walk up to the entrance and into this museum built into the side of the outcrop. It's a really well laid out interpretive centre. Starting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

If you wonder how the Native Americans lived before the European invaders came, this place is a small window into that time. Seriously brave, hearty and intelligent people herded fearsome, stampeding buffalo over a cliff to enable them to butcher them. This was no trip to Safeway, and the dioramas and outdoor walk give the visitor an inkling what it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

First - this is a United Nations World Heritage Site - and after visiting, I can see why. It is totally worth some time on anyone's trip to the area. Very impressive. I had scoped it out before leaving Seattle and it was on our MUST DO list........ not disappointed.... The actual museum is built into the cliff-side itself, architecturally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Alberta in September is not a sun'n'sea holiday so hopefully you go with a desire to understand the local history and heritage and to see the places of interest. Buffalo Jump certainly delivers. A well designed and laid out exhibition/museum telling about the lives of the First Nation plains people by use of replica displays, actual artifacts, video and written... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This place is amazing. Went here on day visit. Found out so much about the Indians who lived in Canada. There History,Food,Culture,Way of life. site is massive. Has plenty of walks and even a Tepee. Restaurant has Buffalo to try.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Fort Macleod isn't exactly the tourist mecca of Alberta, but if you are in the area, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a very well done historical site that depicts the reality of the nomadic Indians who roamed the plains and hunted the buffalo to survive. Plan on spending about two hours here. Interesting film to accompany the multi-story exhibit. Worth... More 

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

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to review our site on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your visit and your feedback. We want all of our guests to have a five star experience so if there is something we could have improved upon, please let us know. Thanks, The HSIBJ Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This exhibit tells the history of the Plains People and their method of hunting bison. The story is told on several floors and ends with an exit to view the jump site. We were in awe at the view of the plains from this point. We walked the trails outside of the exhibit through the grasses and saw shrubs of... More 

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

Hello, Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to review our site. For anyone reading this review, please note, the Archaeology Dig has now concluded and our shuttle only runs during our busy season (March-September). Always up to date information on our shuttle service and special events can be found on our website. Thanks again, The HSIBJ team. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Sometimes you enter into a museum with an extremely sceptical mind, because most of them do not communicate well. The buffalo museum is a great place to understand how the Blackfoot people lived, gradually lost their prairie, living conditions, food, clothing and traditions and in the end became the people of the past. This place communicates in an excellent way... More 

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Thank you for reviewing Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. We appreciate your patronage, and that you took time to review us here on TripAdvisor. Safe Travels, The HSIBJ Team More 

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