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Immerse yourself in the culture of Canada’s Northern Plains as you explore the heritage of its native people and cowboy country during this 9-hour day trip from Calgary. Head into the range lands to Bar U Historic site nestled in the foothills of southern Alberta, and learn about the evolution of the Canadian ranching industry. Discover the heritage of Alberta’s First Nations at the UNESCO site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, where you can explore the 6,000-year-old practice of buffalo jumping. This heritage-focused excursion also includes transport from Calgary and a guide.

Highlights

  • Day trip by coach bus to southern Alberta, known as Canada’s cowboy country, from Calgary
  • Visit the UNESCO site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and learn about First Nations heritage from a local guide
  • Capture beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains

What You Can Expect

First Nations Heritage and Old West History Day Trip from Calgary

Discover the First Nations culture

Discover the culture and history of Canada’s wide-open Northern Plains during this 9-hour day trip from Calgary. This deep dive into the heritage of the First Nations tribes and cowboys that once roamed these lands will provide a unique perspective on the culture of Canada’s Old West.

Start your day by meeting your guide and coach at the Calgary Tower at 8am, continuing on a scenic drive out into the open plains and grazing pastures of southern Alberta. Your first stop will be Bar U Ranch Historic Site in the foothills of southern Alberta. Gaze out at the majestic Rocky Mountains before learning about the evolution of the Canadian ranching industry and its contribution to the development of Canada.

Next, you’ll arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. This fascinating landmark explores the practice of 'buffalo jumping,' a method by which the native peoples of the Northern Plains drove buffalo herds off cliffs to obtain food and clothing. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump happens to be one of the most significant of such sites in North America, offering unique insight into how this practice allowed the tribes to live off the land. Spend time investigating the site’s interpretive center on your own, or tag along with your guide as they provide commentary on the life and culture of people that once lived in the foothills at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

Afterwards, enjoy a scenic ride back to the drop off at Calgary Tower.

Customer Reviews

Andrzej J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I highly advise this tour to anyone interested in the history of the region.
The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a great World Heritage Site. The location, exhibition are guides are amazing. I have learnt a lot. The skansen in Calgary is well-done, engaging, especially for school kids.

Ana C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

I had a great time our driver was great and answered all our questions. Worth doing on a Wednesday to see the dancing it is amazing. The only down side was lack of time we felt there wasnt enough time at both places.

Ruth M

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Too much for one day. First Nations - great but to include the Heritage Village as well - too much

Eileen P

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

Good tour - but could have spent more time at the Buffalo jump instead of time spent at Fort. The trip to Heritage Park seemed more of a taster due to time constraints. One of our fellow travellers was somewhat physically impaired - and found some of the tour extremely difficult.

Wild Wally Spain

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2016

It was a very long drive just to see the buffalo jump. Fort Mcloud was missed out and didnt really have long enough at Heritage Park

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