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, Buffalo Jump. 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, hiking trails, Wi fi, 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
The site itself is situated on the traditional domain of the Blackfoot speaking people, otherwise known as “Siksikaitsitapiiks”
Today Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is recognized as a premier Indigenous tourism destination in western Canada. This world class interpretive centre is recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Destination Canada as a Signature Experience member.