Buffalo has played a very important role in the history of Alberta. They were used for food and clothing for the Indigenous peoples of Alberta and still have an important cultural role to this day. After the near extinction of the buffalo in the mid-1800s due to settler overhunting, the Buffalo National Park was created in 1909 to house a population of buffalo.
Today, Bud Cotton Buffalo Paddock is what remains of the original Buffalo National Park. There you can still find a small herd of buffalo roaming the plains, keeping the original history of the park intact. So, make sure to stop by and learn about the history of Alberta and Wainwright while also seeing these beautiful animals in person.