2015 Montana, Calgary Stampede, Icefield Parkway travel blog

Fort MacLeod, AB - Daisy Mae Campground - site 64 - another...

Fort MacLeod, AB - Daisy Mae Campground - site 64 - and...

Fort MacLeod, AB - Daisy Mae Campground - site 64

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Buffalo Jump 1 - the road to the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Buffalo Jump 2

Buffalo Jump 3 - the entrance to the interpretive center

Buffalo Jump 4 - this explains a little of the process

Buffalo Jump 5 - this area is to the side of the...

Buffalo Jump 6 - looking down from the jump - only 15...

Buffalo Jump 7 - one of the rock cairns used to herd...

Buffalo Jump 8 - the plains area approaching the jump

Buffalo Jump 9 - looking down the staircase inside the interpretive center

Buffalo Jump 10 - a representation of the jump

Buffalo Jump 11 - a large stack of buffalo skulls

Buffalo Jump 12 - one of the tipis on the grounds

Buffalo Jump 13 - the jump from below - the ground now...

Buffalo Jump 14 - the spring once used by the indians for...


It was an uneventful 184 miles from Columbia Falls, MT to Fort MacLeod, AB. We took US 2 first south and then east around Glacier NP to Browning then took Duck Lake Road north and west to US 89 which turned into hwy 2 in Alberta. We will stay on 2 all the way to Calgary when we leave here tomorrow.

We are staying at the Daisy Mae Campground and have a 50 amp back-in with full hookups and a clear view to the satellite. We have good WiFi but have to use picnic tables a little closer to the office to receive it well. It's not the highest rated park but does have 50 amp for this July heat and the sites are large. We don't really know why it is rated as low as it is.

It has continued to be unseasonably hot here and we just stayed in our cool Mothership both Saturday and Sunday before doing a little touring on Monday. Our first stop was at a bank to exchange our American dollars for Canadian dollars. We currently are getting 1.20 CDN for each 1.00 US. That makes the high prices up here a little more tolerable.

We then went to the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump site. This is a place that the Plains Peoples used starting about 6,000 years ago to hunt the buffalo in mass. This was before the gun or the horse so they were very resourceful in finding a place that had a high (in this case 30 meters) drop off that was near good water so they could set up camp and process the meat after the kill. They then learned the habits of the buffalo well enough to be able to herd them into small lanes and stampede them off the cliff face. They usually were able to get enough meat to last through the long northern winter. The site was designated a World Heritage Site in 1981 by UNESCO and a really nice job was done at the interpretive center of displaying the history and culture of the area.

Tomorrow, we head for a two-week stay in Calgary, AB to observe the annual Calgary Stampede with the parade kicking things off on Friday morning and the first rodeo Friday afternoon.

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