Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

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Fort Macleod, Canada

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre Fort Macleod Reviews

silan silan
59 reviews
May 22, 2007
This is an essential stop for any Canadian at some time in his or her life, and for any visitor to Canada looking for a little history. The interpretive centre is located about 18km from Fort Macleod and is beautifully built into the sandstone cliffs in various levels.

Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was used by the Blackfoot people to hunt buffalo by driving them over the cliff. You can walk out to view the site. You also have the option of taking another longer trail to the bottom of the cliff to the kill-site itself. The interpretive centre follows the history of the Native Americans up until the arrival of the Europeans and their impact on their lifestyle. It beautifully displays the way of life, customs and culture that was once so strong.

I recommend joining the free guided tour to be led through the centre and out to the jump site itself to get the full experience and to hear some Native American stories.

I highly recommend this site to be able to learn a part of Canadian history that is often overlooked.
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