The interpretive centre incorporates the design of the Plains tipi

The interpretive centre incorporates the design of the Plains tipi
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Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Email:
info@blackfootcrossing.ca
 

P.O. Box 1639
Siksika, AB T0J 3W0
1-888-654-6274 (toll-free) www.blackfootcrossing.ca
Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
LAT: 50.7995
LON: -112.8772
Elevation: 2690 FT (820 M)
Historical Time Period for Site

The park is located at an historical crossing of the Bow River used for centuries by the Blackfoot people

A Short Introduction to the Site

The Blackfoot nations and Canada signed an 1877 peace treaty at this natural ford of the Bow River, known for centuries by the Siksiksa people as Sooyooh’pawahko, or “underwater bridge.” The park offers First Nation guides, indoor exhibits, tipi lodging, and ceremonial dances.

The Siksiksa Nation has built a stunning new facility, a gateway to the history and culture of the Blackfoot Confederacy with excellent exhibits and performances.

The park offer various demonstrations, activities and events. Sample traditional food in the restaurant or browse the gift shop's beautiful native art pieces.

Don’t limit yourself to the building… join a Blackfoot guide or take your own self-guided tour of the numerous historic sites around the park with trail markers to explain the importance of each site.

The park is located on the Siksiksa Reserve. The Siksiksa Nation is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy along with the Piikani Nation and Kainai (Blood) Nation in Alberta and the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. They share a common language and culture.

Full Description of the Historical Site or Museum

The Siksiksa Nation has built a stunning new facility, a gateway to the history and culture of the Blackfoot Confederacy with excellent exhibits and performances.

The park offer various demonstrations, activities and events. Sample traditional food in the restaurant or browse the gift shop's beautiful native art pieces.

Don’t limit yourself to the building…Visit the tipi village. Join a Blackfoot guide or take your own self-guided tour of the numerous historic sites around the park with trail markers to explain the importance of each site.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Chief Crowfoot Outdoor Tour

Experience a guided tour of the outdoor historical sites in the vicinity of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.

The tour takes the group to an elevated lookout point overlooking the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre with informative storyboards describing the diverse geographic landscapes, various landmarks including Chief Crowfoot’s last tipi site and burial site, the Treaty No. 7 camp site, the traditional relationship with the Cree Tribes, the vast traditional territory of the Blackfoot and various iconic landmarks in the area.

The interpreter will describe the relationship between the land and the Siksika people, and describe the historical significance of the Blackfoot Crossing. Some light to moderate hiking/walking is required.

Chokecherry Trail Eco-Tour

This self-guided tour takes outdoor enthusiasts through our newly expanded Tipi Village and on to an archeological excavation site.

The Chief Crowfoot Tipi Village is an interactive cultural village where interpreters and artisans mingle with visitors wishing to learn traditional crafts or hear great Blackfoot legends. Interpreters also impart their wisdom of the plant and wildlife species in the area.

There may be (weather permitting); meat smoking, hide tanning, and other cultural demonstrations of which you can watch or participate. A short walk through a wooded trail leads to our archeological dig where it is believed Mandan Indians established an encampment hundreds of years prior.

Open Months

Year round

Hours Open

Summer Hours May-September: Tuesday-Sunday from 9 am- 5 pm. Winter Hours October-April: Monday-Friday from 9 am - 5 pm / Closed Saturday-Sunday

Site is Universally Accessible
Site is Child Friendly
Tours are Offered
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

From Calgary, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is located 100 kilometers east on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) and 7 kilometers south on Highway 842 in the Canadian Badlands Region.

It's about an hour's drive.