Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Fort Macleod
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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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  • 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 imp...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • Informative museum that tells the story of the Blackfoot people and their relationship with the buffalo (also known as bison), one of their primary sources of sustenance. The museum highlights the culture and tradition surrounding buffalo hunting, which sustained the locals for thousands of years but was carried out on a massive scale with the arrival of the Europeans, driving the buffalo to near extinction. The conservation effort to revitalize the buffalo population is commendable. The museum is housed in a modern building, which also includes a small cafeteria and a gift shop. The top floor offers fantastic views of the prairies. Outside the museum premises are some great hiking trails for those who wish to spend more time in the area. It can be cold and windy in the area so bring extra layers as necessary.
  • A well documented historical site to illustrate the past long history of the sustainable hunting of native people, and to reveal the buffalo extinction fact caused by modern game hunting. A lot of reflection on how we should live today.
  • Third time we visited. Amazing how building blends into the landscape. Convenient bus to shuttle to and from the parking lot. View on Ridge trail spectacular. Interpreter staff member went out of her way to greet us and answer our questions. Serene atmosphere.
  • We were impressed with the uniqueness of this museum. A good look into the lifestyle of the Blackfoot people. Where else can you find a display depicting a bison hunt with animals actually in frozen motion in the fall to their death. Awesome.
  • Fasxinating World Heritage Site right in Southern Alberta. Unique presentation of our archeological pre history