Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Alberta’s native peoples
Long before European settlers moved into southern Alberta, the area was occupied by Canada’s native peoples. One of the most prominent of these tribes was the Blackfoot, who signed the historic Treaty Number 7 at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877.
The site is now Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, an educational centre built to showcase the Blackfoot way of life. This national Heritage Site features tours of the centre, traditional dance performances, tipi sleepovers and other celebrations of native heritage.
You can also explore Alberta’s native culture by visiting Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. This southern Alberta landmark is an 11-m-high cliff that drops off after a large stretch of open prairie, and was used for nearly 6,000 years by hunters to kill buffalo. Today the spot is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a museum with artefacts and display on prehistoric life.