Hands on History

The Bodo Archaeological Site and Centre is a unique place where the public can get hands on with history through interactive archaeology programs. We are now taking bookings for Summer 2023!


The Bodo Archaeological Site is one of the largest and most well-preserved archaeological areas in Western Canada. Located in East Central Alberta, the site is a large and rich complex of archaeological resources that date back as early as 5000 years ago. The site also includes evidence for the continued use over the last 500 years of a “bison pound” where hundreds of bison were corralled and killed at one time.

At Bodo, you have the unique opportunity to take part in the ongoing archaeological excavation at this important locale and to contribute to the discovery of Alberta’s exciting past. The Bodo Archaeological Site and Centre has many amazing hands-on activities and experiences you, your family, or your school can take part in at Bodo!

Visitors can enjoy archaeology and Alberta’s history during daily-guided tours of the archaeological site and centre. Annual summer programs include: Adult Dig-It Camps, Kids Day Camps, and Curriculum Based School Tours.

While off the beaten path, a visit to the Bodo Archaeological Site and Centre is sure to please the whole family! Visit today and step back in time or just be astonished by the quiet tranquility of the Alberta Plains while sleeping in a tipi under the stars.

Find us on INGON.ca and the History Check App, as well as RumbleAlberta.com. These are amazing resources that showcase points of interest and tourist attractions throughout Alberta!

The Bodo Archaeological Site and Centre was a 2019 finalist for Travel Alberta’s Alberta Pride award

We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, near Sounding Lake where a Treaty 6 adhesion was signed in 1879, and in Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. This is the ancestral and traditional territory of the Cree, Blackfoot, Dene, Salteaux, Nakota Sioux, Métis, and many other diverse Indigenous peoples whose histories, languages and cultures continue to enrich our communities.

If you’ve participated in our tours or programs, we would love to hear what you thought! We value your feedback as it allows us to improve and modify our programs and planning guides for future participants. Please click here to fill out our feedback form. Thank you!

This new webpage was made possible, in large part, by a grant provided by the M.D. of Provost.

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