Province/Territory: Alberta

Overnight tipi camping with the Blackfoot.

  • 01 tipi camping village with valley views
  • 6000 years of Blackfoot history
  • 62000 square foot museum and cultural centre

Perched on a windswept bluff overlooking beautiful Bow River valley, feel the prairie winds on your face at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. On this summer night, beneath the stars, you're standing on ground the nomadic Blackfoot have gathered for thousands of years. Drawn to the light of the campfire, you listen in as a local elder shares stories and legends of the Blackfoot.

Later, slip inside your modern tipi and relax by the cozy wood stove on a floor covered in cozy buffalo hides. Cook food by an open flame then tuck into your sleeping bag, dreaming of a time when thousands of buffalo roamed these lands. By morning, you're ready to try some traditional Blackfoot foods like pemmican (dried meat with berries) and bannock (fry bread). Today, you'll learn how to make your own hand drum, see a dance performance, and visit the burial site of Chief Crowfoot. And when the moon rises tonight, you'll have shared a sacred part of the Blackfoot way of life.

Why you should visit
  • Camp under the stars at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, in a tipi equipped with wood stove and buffalo hides.
  • Sample delicious Blackfoot foods from buffalo burgers to Saskatoon berry soup.
  • Listen to the legends of the Blackfoot people by a Siksika First Nations elder before the campfire’s glow.
  • Tour the legendary grounds where Chief Crowfoot signed Treaty 7 and visit his last tipi site.
  • Take home a little Blackfoot culture such as a hand drum or mini tipi following a hands-on craft demonstration.
  • Learn about Blackfoot Crossing’s native plants and traditions.
  • Catch demos from meat smoking to hide tanning.
  • Go on the self-guided Chokecherry Trail Eco-Tour.
  • Enjoy the Dreaming Place tour at the centre, covering the Blackfoot themes of Creation, Survival, Celebration and Storytelling.
  • Pick up a gorgeous Aboriginal sculpture, moccasins or other quality souvenir in the gift shop and gallery.
  • Wonder at the Blackfoot heritage etched into the architecture and design of the modern tipi-themed interpretation centre.

Weather

  • Summers in Alberta, from mid-June to early September, are comfortably hot and sunny with little humidity.
  • Fall arrives with gorgeous colours and frost on the ground by September.
  • Expect snow to arrive by early November, when the dry and cold winter months bring plenty of opportunities. Skiing, skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing, adventures can be enjoyed to late March.
  • Spring in April and May is terrific for hiking and camping.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • If you're visiting in summer, don't miss the Annual Chicken Dance Championship and Blackfoot Fest, held at Blackfoot Crossing annually in August.
  • Overnight tipi stays can be cooler in mid-September through October so be sure to dress warmly.
  • Call ahead to ask about special events from live performances to hands-on demonstrations.
Need to know
  • Guest should bring along sleeping bags/bedding and other items.
  • Cot, foam mattress and sleeping bag rentalsavailable.
  • On-site shower facilities.
  • Tipi camping fee includes admission to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park and building.
Getting Here