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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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Very interesting

We really visited because of the name, which interested us. We spent about an hour and a half... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
claire t
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Better than I expected

I was not excited to go to be honest. I thought it would be boring but it was not at all. Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pet37
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Barrie, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the cliff” (85 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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"first nations"
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"bison"
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"world heritage site"
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"interpretive center"
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"parking lot"
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"short walk"
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"lower trail"
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"native americans"
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"well worth the visit"
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"top level"
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Reviewed 3 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

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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This UNESCO site is very much worth the visit. Built into the side of a small cliff, this interpretive center immerses you with the Blackfoot Nation as they hunt for buffalo. a short movie introduces you to the hunt, and the trail outside takes you...More

1  Thank 1015SueM44
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got recommended from friends to go, don't think I would've otherwise. But do not regret a second that I did! So interesting to learn about First Nations culture and hunting techniques and how they interacted with nature on natures terms - until the white man...More

1  Thank A O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The parking lot is below the interpretative center but there is a shuttle bus for those of us who are a little less fit. This center is 6 levels and every level is so interesting. I had minimal expectations but I was blown away by...More

1  Thank 723jackie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This came highly recommended from the TA experts when we were planning our trip. It is an interesting place to learn about the more aboriginal people and their culture. They have nice exhibits and huge information to read on. Unfortunately we were bit short on...More

Thank drnpharm
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Pet37
5 August 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
5 April 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
22 June 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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