Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

What is a buffalo jump?

According to Wikipedia “A buffalo jump is a cliff formation which North American Indians historically used in order to hunt and kill plains bison in mass quantities”.  You can read more about them here.

They have been going on for thousands of years by the Indians to procure buffalo to feed and clothe their people.  Probably the most famous buffalo jump was Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, approximately 17 km from our campsite in Fort Macleod, AB.

Every one in our group went there to go on the tour.

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They also had many other beautiful stuffed animals as well.

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This is the actual buffalo jump used for many many years.

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Archeologists had dug up bones and artifacts that went back several thousand years.

Several of us were invited into a special room by Edwin who is a Blackfoot Indian.  He then showed us this display and asked us to point out different items.  He would then explain what they were and what they meant and how they were used by the Blackfoot Indians.

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Here is Edwin showing us how they carried heavy items by using their dogs.

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Here he is explaining how they drilled holes.

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It was really interesting because he also talked about the life of the Blackfoot Indian and many of their rituals.

Fort Macleod

I also decided to visit Fort Macleod.  It too was very interesting but had to do primarily with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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This was a traders storefront.

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A very old wood oven of the 1800’s.

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A dentist’s chair.  I don’t think many people went to the dentist back then.

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Here is a doctor’s office including an incubator.

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Here is the chapel used at the fort.  They were probably praying they would not get attacked by Indians.

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Main Street Fort Macleod

I the walked over to Main Street.  This is a very old town and had many interesting storefronts.

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Daisy Mae Campground

We had great camp sites at the Daisy Mae campground.  The owners were very friendly and we were all nestled in together.  This was my camp site.

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The second night we were there turned out to be a great day as the weather was perfect so we had a potluck.  There was a lot of great food.

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Chica stays nice and comfy.

For all you Chica fans out there this is how she stays nice and warm.  Right next to my Wave 3 heater.  She loves it right next to her ducky.

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Crowsnest Pass

Our first overnight in Alberta

We stayed at the Crowsnest Pass RV Park for two nights.  That gave us time to do some sightseeing in the area and washing dirty clothes as well.  We have been doing a lot of driving everyday and a break in that schedule sure is nice.  It gives you time to relax a bit.

Frank’s Slide

We drove over to the Frank Slide Interpretive Center.  Frank’s Slide is Canada’s deadliest rockslide. It occurred on April 29, 1903 when 30 million meters of limestone from the summit of Turtle Mountain came crashing down on the town of Frank.  It covered much of the valley below and many people were killed.  These are pics taken from the Interpretive Center.

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This is a great view of a snow-capped mountain in the distance.  No I have not painted my LD.  It was another member of our group.

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We saw two movies in their theater.  One covered the history of the area and the other was all about the slide.  They were both very interesting.

Hillcrest Mine Disaster Cemetery

Then we were off to the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Cemetery.  This was a very large cemetery for all the local people.  It also paid tribute to the many miners that were killed in the coal mining mishaps.

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This cemetery has been here for a very long time and many of the very early grave-sites were caving in.

Washing clothes and relaxing

Then it was back to the rig where we washed clothes and just plain relaxed.  I am not sure what the temperature was but it was very nice out in the sun.  I looked at our mileage since we left Salida, CO and John, Linda and I have traveled 1,788 miles.  Much of it was day after day so it felt very nice to just sit and gab.

The RV park only has two washers and two dryers so everyone was busy.  We had to get change as the washers took two loonies ($2) and the dryer took one loonie and two quarters($1.50).  I am not sure why they were using quarters for the dryers, but that is what it is.

Starting to get used to some of the exchange rates and the Canadian currency, but still have a long way to go.  I will probably have it figured out by the time we leave Canada. HA!

Cochrane, AB

Tomorrow we will be traveling up Highway 22, which is known as “The Cowboy Trail” to Cochrane, AB.  It is only a short trip of 141 miles so should get there in no time.  We will be in cattle country.