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“This is one of our favorite Museums to visit in Alberta”

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
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$112.75*
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Old West and First Nations Heritage Day Trip From Calgary
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We first visited here a few years back, and we always wanted to visit again so we made the effort to do so. We were glad we did. First there is an interpretive trail you can walk when you head up from the parking lot, and after a couple hours in the car it was a welcome walk. We saw several deer, and got an excellent view of the Buffalo jump grounds. You can't help but wonder what it was like to be here when the native people harvested the buffalo. The museum does a good job of letting you get a feel of the hunt and the people who depended o it. A great deal of time has been spent making the detail of the experience pleasant. There are hands on exhibits for the kiddies, and just the right amount of detail and artifacts to captivate the adults. There also is a cafeteria for lunch or snack during your visit. Stop by and see if you don't agree it's a humdinger of a little museum.

Thank wdlander
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This attraction is a little out of the way, but definitely worth the trip. The museum is extremely good and the architecture is expertly done. Very interesting place - actually we were all amazed at how interesting we found the visit...

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This was a very interesting place to visit. Lots of information and displays. The representation of the cliff and buffalo is very well done. It is a World Heritage site. A really good place to visit and the views are great.

Thank oldiesontherun
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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2014

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Thank you for visiting our site and for taking the time to rate us on TripAdvisor.

We want all of our visitors to experience a visit worth five stars so if there is anything that we could have improved, please let us know.

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The HSIBJ Team

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Noticed this place on the way from Calgary to Waterton Park. Noticed the funny name. It was until later that I found out this place is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and so decided to visit it on the way back.

While the place isn't spectacular, it was a nice little museum. We learned about how the natives hunted buffalos. It's always nice to learn something new.

1  Thank palladia
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HSIBJ, Public Relations Manager at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2014

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and rate us on TripAdvisor.

We want all our visitors to have a five star experience when they visit so if there is anything we could have improved, please let us know.

Safe travels,
The HSIBJ Team

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was a very enjoyable and convenient day trip from Glacier National Park. The history of the sight is amazing, and the scenery is beautiful. The guides are informative and humorous--thanks for the jokes Edwin!

1  Thank Megan E
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