Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Province of Canada - Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

What, what? You read that right. The next time you're zipping around Alberta, you should take some time out of your trip to visit one of Canada's most amazing and totally underrated sites — Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. If the name's not enough to convince you, then we just don't know what is. 

Located in Fort Macleod, this bizarrely, though aptly named museum stands on one of the world's most well-preserved buffalo jumps. The site landmarks the hunting grounds of the native peoples of the North American plains, and what was once used to drive buffalo in large numbers now houses a five-story museum detailing the lives and practices of the native Blackfoot tribes. In addition to exquisite archeological exhibits, the visitor center boasts special events and youth programs, along with an outdoor hiking trail.

So, it's a historical site that was once used to stampede bison over a cliff? Technically, yes. But, don't knock it before you try it. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just like the Egyptian pyramids, and it is beautiful. Add it to your ever-growing list of hidden gem destinations, take the trek, and experience a piece of Canadian culture that you may have overlooked. 

Don't want to take our word for it, or maybe you're just curious about how this amazing Canadian landmark escaped your grasps for so long? Click here to view a 360 degree virtual tour of the jump, with thanks to Alberta Culture and Tourism

Photo: instagram.com/jjjooss 

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