Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Fort Macleod

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#6 of 55 in Historic Sites in Alberta
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Visit the World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, which preserves a prehistoric custom of the native people that inhabited the plains. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the buffalo jump is a cliff used by the Blackfoot tribe to hunt and kill bison. Herding them over the cliff edge, the hunters let the animals fall to their death, dragging them afterwards to a butchering site. Visit the cliff and the interpretive center, and see exhibits about the history and culture of the tribes. To visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site and other attractions in Fort Macleod, use our Fort Macleod itinerary builder.
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  • Please allow plenty of time for your visit. There is a lot of information here in video and static display form. You can walk on an even path to the site of the jump and if you are more adventurous yo...  more »
  • Great fun for parents, teenagers and small kids both in the museum and out. Highly recommend the trip when combined with visit to Vulcan Star Trek museum and excellent RCMP museum and musical ride!  more »
  • It was very informative and interesting about the indigenous people of Southern Canada. I wasn't aware of the almost extinction of the Buffalo. The food was great. Enjoyed the movie. Enjoyed the soup ...  more »
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  • Our visit to Head-Smashed-In was very informative and interesting. Displays, videos and interpreters were all top notch. When we went to the Tee-Pee display I was going to show the two polite young ladies a picture of my arrow head collection on my phone but it was hard to see outside so I suggested we go into the teepee. Well that was enough to suggest the 'Chief wants us to go into the teepee'. I got a pretty good laugh as did my wife. It was a fitting end to our visit.
  • Amazing treasure in the Canadian plains. We had no idea what this place was about, but we're intrigued by the name. Super high quality museum and exhibits. Great movie explaining the history. A must-see.
  • Fascinating museum, short hiking trails, plus kids activities near the teepee (summer only). Kids enjoyed throwing spears much more than looking at museum displays for two hours.
  • Quite an interesting experience. If you're fascinated by the history of our province, make sure to stop by at some point. Very informative and enriching.
  • Very cool place, especially the film. But the souvenirs are kind of pricy. NOT everything is price tagged. otherwise would be a 5 star.

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