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Hours

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is open 7 days a week:

  • Year Round 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday.

Severe weather may lead to temporary closures. Please call 403-553-2731Image removed. if you hear of severe weather to confirm. You can also check our Twitter and Facebook pages for weather updates and closure notices.

Location

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located 18 kilometres (15 minutes) North and West of Fort Macleod on secondary Highway #785 (paved).

Municipal address

275068 Secondary Highway 785

Admission

  • Adult (18-64): $15
  • Senior (65+): $13
  • Youth (7-17): $10
  • Family (2 Adults + Youths to a maximum of 8 people): $40
  • Child (0-6): FREE
  • Canadian Military and Family (with CFOne card): FREE
  • Cultural Access Pass: FREE
  • Group Tour Net rates available

Payment can be made by cash (Canadian and American), debit, Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Please note there is no ATM onsite. 

Experience Alberta History Annual Pass

  • Admission to all Alberta Provincial Historic Sites
  • Adult: $50
  • Senior: $40
  • Youth: $30
  • Family: $120

Amenities

  • Visitor Information Center
  • Gift shop
  • Cafeteria
  • Wi-Fi
  • Elevators
  • Seasonal Shuttle Bus
  • Picnic tables
  • 1.2 kilometre hiking trail beneath the cliff
  • 200 metre walk upper trail
  • Viewpoints and interpretive panels outside the Centre
  • Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers available
  • Handy building map here

Buffalo Jump Café

  • Open April to October (Closes for winter season)
  • Open Daily (hot grill closes at 4 p.m.)
  • Our 60 seat café is open for the summer season. Your host Dale McEvoy and her crew are pleased to offer you choices in native-themed fare, including buffalo stew, buffalo burgers, and buffalo chili. Buffalo is a very healthy choice for anyone on a low fat high protein diet because it has a maximum 5% fat content. It tastes like lean range-fed beef. Specials change daily. Traditional lunch bar fare includes burgers & fries or soup & sandwich. In a hurry? You will find healthy snacks and sandwiches in the self-serve cooler. The café stocks a large assortment of cold soft drinks and treats.
  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD ALLOWED IN THE CAFETERIA

Contact Dale McEvoy by email at mcevoydale@gmail.com or by phone at 780-720-8037Image removed.. You can also call the cafe directly at 403-553-0388Image removed..

View the Buffalo Jump Café Menu (PDF | 137 KB)

School and Youth Group Visits

Bus Tour Group Visits

  • We specialize in groups arriving via bus tours.
  • Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 15 or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size.
  • For more information, please go to Group Visits
  • Contact the Centre by phone at 403-553-2731Image removed. or by email at education.bookings@gov.ab.ca

Free Public Programs in Summer Season

  • Join our Blackfoot guides for free daily programs, in the summer season.
  • We offer a variety of drop-in public programs for all ages throughout the day, from mid-May thru September. 
  • Our programs include hikes, tours, and hands-on demonstrations. Ask our Information Staff about the day's offerings, listen for announcements, or visit our Events page for news about upcoming Special Events.
  • All included free with your admission!
  • Registration may be required for some events, if spaces are limited. 

Joe Crow Shoe Lodge 

  • The room is dedicated to the memory of Joe Crow Shoe Sr. - Aapohsoy’yiis (Weasel Tail), who played a vital role in the development of Head-Smashed-In World Heritage Site. He dedicated his life to bringing cultures together. His wisdom and vision helped make Head-Smashed-In a place of understanding, tolerance, and celebration.
  • This room is also available to book for meetings, outside our busy season, pending availability. 
  • Please contact the site at 403 553 2731 or education.bookings@gov.ab.ca

Accessibility

  • The site is fully wheelchair accessible with the exception of the lower trail.
  • The Upper Trail to the Cliff Top Viewpoint is fully wheelchair accessible. 

Gift Shop

  • The Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop, Napi's Creations, focuses on providing visitors with a wide assortment of unique souvenirs. We stock everything from postcards and t-shirts to exquisite goods handcrafted by local Fist Nations artisans.
  • We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, debit, Canadian cash, and American cash (exchange rates variable).
  • Sorry, we do not offer mail out or online purchases.
  • Contact HSIBJ.GiftShop@gov.ab.ca with questions or to become one of our local Blackfoot artisans.

Pets

  • Only Certified Service Animals are allowed onsite.
  • We encourage you to carry official documentation with your Certified Service Animal.
  • "Emotional Support Animals" are generally not considered Service Animals.

Visitor Tips

  • Allow at least 2 hours for a complete tour of the Interpretive Centre galleries and Cliff Top Viewpoint.
  • Check the local weather before visiting. Severe weather may lead to temporary closures. Check our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates about closures during severe weather like winter blizzards. 

Parking

  • Large parking lot and overflow parking available.
  • Plenty of room for RV (recreational vehicle) parking, tour buses, and turnaround.
  • No overnight parking.

Employment Opportunities at Head-Smashed-In 

CHECK BACK IN EARLY 2020 FOR UPDATES TO THIS SECTION!

We have a number of exciting employment opportunities for our 2019 summer season. Please check the links below to find out more about each available position: