• Tour code: 7048HERITAGE
  • Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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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

Old West and First Nations Heritage 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.

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