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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
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Our Blackfoot guides help visitors understand the significance of the ancient buffalo hunting culture. Learn how the Plains People used this Jump for more than 5,500 years and organized sophisticated communal buffalo hunts as a way to gather food for their survival. Peer over the world’s largest and best preserved buffalo jump and capture spectacular views of the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.

Full Description of Services

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an archaeological site known around the world as a remarkable testimony of prehistoric life. The Jump bears witness to a custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years.

Due to their excellent understanding of topography and bison behavior, native people killed bison by chasing them over a precipice. They then carved up the carcasses in the camp set up below the cliffs.

In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the Jump as a World Heritage Site placing it among other world attractions such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands. For more information on UNESCO, go to

Come and Visit

The Interpretive Centre is open year round (reduced hours from Labour Day to May 15) and welcomes visitors from around the world. Check out the special events during the summer for activities and performances like "Drumming and Dancing." Educational programs are available for teachers during the school months and there are public programs available for everyone.

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