Buffalo Harvest Days

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Highway 785 North and West of Fort Macleod

Fort Macleod, AB

History & heritage


Nature & outdoors



BUFFALO HARVEST DAYS (Alberta Culture Days) September 27 – 29, Friday to Sunday The ancient Buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Celebrate Alberta Culture Days, Saturday, September 28: Join our Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the building. Participate in our “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations. Taste buffalo themed cuisine from our cafeteria. Watch First Nations artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Sale discounts in our gift shop for all three days! Free Admission all three days.

This event is free.

Fri Sep 25
Sat Sep 26
Sun Sep 27

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, documents and tells the story of an ancient hunting technique used by Plains People for thousands of years. The Plains Buffalo Runners herded the buffalo through a system of drive lanes then caused the buffalo to stampede over a cliff. A cliff of this nature is known as a Pis’Kun. This Buffalo Jump produced more food in a single moment than any other form of communal hunting anywhere in the world. Head-Smashed-In was used as a Buffalo Jump for almost 6,000 years and is one of the oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps on the northwestern plains. This site is older than the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The interpretive centre was built underground to blend into the natural sandstone cliffs. The centre features 5 levels of exhibits, 80 seat movie theatre, 60 seat cafeteria, and gift shop featuring authentic First Nations arts and crafts. Located in south western Alberta, Canada, HSIBJ is 90 minutes south of Calgary just west of Highway # 2. The site is open year round. Visit our web site for current admission rates and hours of operation. www.headsmashedin.ca


Highway 785 North and West of Fort Macleod

Fort Macleod, AB

90 minutes south of Calgary on Highway # 2, 15 minutes North and west of Fort Macleod

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This event is wheelchair accessible.