Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

One of the world’s oldest buffalo jumps is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mon - Sun: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Holidays may affect these hours

Info

Historic hunting

Stampeding buffaloes can reach speeds of up to 50 km/hour – that’s just one of many things to learn when you visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre. The site is one of the world's largest, oldest, and best-preserved buffalo jumps in the world. A treasure trove of prehistoric artifacts and information about archeology, the centre's exhibits include a detailed look at the prehistoric life in the area, buffalo hunt ceremonies and the ecology of the region. To get there from Calgary, head south on Hwy. 2 for approximately 160 km, until you see the signs for Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Hwy. 785 West. The turnoff for Hwy 785 is approximately one kilometre north of the major intersection with Hwy. 3.

Why Go

Stampeding buffaloes can reach speeds of up to 50 km/hour – that’s just one of many things to learn when you visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre. The site is one of the world's largest, oldest, and best-preserved buffalo jumps in the world. A treasure trove of prehistoric artifacts and information about archeology, the centre's exhibits include a detailed look at the prehistoric life in the area, buffalo hunt ceremonies and the ecology of the region.

What's Great

Discover the culture of buffalo hunting through five exhibits that let you learn more about the art of driving the herds off the cliffs, the death of buffalo hunting culture, and the work done by various archaeologists.

Local Tip:

Before visiting, be sure to check the weather as they may temporarily close depending on the severity of the condition.
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