Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-story, 30,400-square foot award-winning cultural centre designed to blend the traditional Squamish Longhouse with the Lil'wat Istken. Cultural Ambassadors share their knowledge and stories with guests, on a guided tour, augmenting the information shared throughout the centre's curated collection of artifacts and contemporary pieces. Traditional drum songs are shared at the top of each hour. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This thriving cultural centre shares meaningful experiences, educating all, and lifts their two distinct cultures. We occasionally close early for private events, for up-to-date hours slcc.ca/visit
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • kinx81
    Vancouver Island, Canada792 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the guided tour!
    Excellent guided tour on the hour during opening times. You are welcomed by a song and then a 15 min movie in an air conditioned small theatre. Then a tour of the museum Exhibits which was more exciting than just reading the printed info. All the different canoe types are explained by their use and how they are made. Jay was our guide and he was well spoken and knowledgeable. Everyone should spend an hour here while visiting Whistler, to learn about the local culture.
    Huy Chexw / Kukw`stumc`kalap / Thank you for sharing your experience and leaving such a thoughtful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, especially the tour with Jay.
    Written August 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Bethie
    Moss Vale, Australia243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic cultural centre.
    We visited the centre this morning and loved every minute of our time there. The welcome drumming and dancing was great, the tour informative and really interesting. We then spent a further hour looking at the exhibits, reading more information and history and would have stayed longer but we had to get on the road to our next destination. Absolutely worth a visit!
    Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your experience with us we very much appreciate you taking your time to visit and also to share your experience.
    Written July 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2024
  • smvNYC
    New York City, New York359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent choice for a morning at Whistler
    This is a well maintained place that provides great information on the First Nations that shared Whistler as a home. Strongly recommend taking the free tour that offered, as it brings a better perspective on what you see. We also enjoyed the cafe that offers food with traditional ingredients.
    Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for the great review,, sharing your experience is much appreciated!
    Written July 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • William Hurl
    Ontario, Canada108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place and artistic craftsmanship
    This place is awesome. The carvings and artwork throughout are amazing. The story of the Squamish people is very interesting. When we were there there was an artist outside carving a totem pole. I could’ve stayed for hours watching him. They have an extremely well stocked gift shop and the prices are amazingly cheap, considering you’re buying handmade authentic items, and it’s located across the street from the tourist trap that is Whistler. I wish I had gone be more time before we left just for second look. Highly recommend taking time for this! This was probably the best thing I saw in the Whistler.
    Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review we truly appreciate it!
    Written July 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
  • Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looks like no expense was spared
    The Squamish-Lil’wat cultural centre (a not for profit organization) looks like no expense was spared in creating it. Stunning architecture, very luxurious materials. This perhaps explains the relatively high admission price. The artefacts on display are not all that special in my opinion, but admittedly tell an interesting story. A lot of rooms were closed when I visited. The gift shop is attractive and the Thunderbird café popular with visitors.
    Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your experience. We recently increased our pricing on April 1 and appreciate your feedback. We raise our hands to you for taking time to visit us, your visit supports authentic representation, and cultural revitalization for the Squamish Nation and the Lil'wat Nation and meaningful employment for our Nation Members.
    Written July 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Jude G
    Gibsons, Canada349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cultural experience
    A native person gave us a tour of the centre after we viewed a feature film of the history of the early peoples of the area. She was excellent with explanations of culture and history. The museum has some significant pieces of workmanship and is very well laid out.
    Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your detailed review we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and appreciate you sharing your experience with others.
    Written July 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 24, 2024
  • Happycamper448
    Cinderford, United Kingdom250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Absolutely brilliant visit to see the centre and learn so much about the First Nations. There was a prayer to start and our guide Jay had an amazing voice and played on a drum, the acoustics worked so well in the main foyer. Absolutely beautiful people with a beautiful view on life and earth. So interesting and educational.
    Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your kindness in sharing your experience here with your guide Jay. We very much appreciate it!
    Written July 9, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2024
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Happycamper448
Cinderford, UK250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely brilliant visit to see the centre and learn so much about the First Nations. There was a prayer to start and our guide Jay had an amazing voice and played on a drum, the acoustics worked so well in the main foyer. Absolutely beautiful people with a beautiful view on life and earth. So interesting and educational.
Written July 3, 2024
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Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your kindness in sharing your experience here with your guide Jay. We very much appreciate it!
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karen W
Kaiwaka, New Zealand122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
During our travels in BC we endeavoured to support and learn about indigenous first nations. The story of colonisation is the same over the world, but it impacted on us just how extreme the loss of culture, language, land etc is in Canada. The centre provides some background on this but it also delivers a positive hopeful message about reigniting lost traditions, and addressing wrongs. So go, it can be confronting for us non natives but we have a responsibility to be educated.
Written June 13, 2024
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Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for visiting us on your journey, we very much appreciate you sharing your experience and that you found your visit so meaningful. Sharing your experience and our stories with others supports us in a good way.
Written July 9, 2024
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Elizabeth G
Burgess Hill, UK259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Loved the welcome. The history of this once wilderness. How man is able to use the animals and vegetation to our advantage. Worth the visit!
Written June 13, 2024
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Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your thoughtful review we appreciate you sharing and visiting us.
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

porkypielynne
Somerset, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Worth a visit when in Whistler .The introductory video was very informative as was the young lady (Georgina) who was our guide.The cafe and Gift Shop were also very good Salmon Panini and Fish Tacos were first class .Thank you
Written June 7, 2024
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Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much Lynne fo your thoughtful and kind review we appreciate you sharing your experience and that you found it so meaningful.
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jude G
Gibsons, Canada349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A native person gave us a tour of the centre after we viewed a feature film of the history of the early peoples of the area. She was excellent with explanations of culture and history. The museum has some significant pieces of workmanship and is very well laid out.
Written May 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your detailed review we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and appreciate you sharing your experience with others.
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The Squamish-Lil’wat cultural centre (a not for profit organization) looks like no expense was spared in creating it. Stunning architecture, very luxurious materials. This perhaps explains the relatively high admission price. The artefacts on display are not all that special in my opinion, but admittedly tell an interesting story. A lot of rooms were closed when I visited. The gift shop is attractive and the Thunderbird café popular with visitors.
Written May 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your experience. We recently increased our pricing on April 1 and appreciate your feedback. We raise our hands to you for taking time to visit us, your visit supports authentic representation, and cultural revitalization for the Squamish Nation and the Lil'wat Nation and meaningful employment for our Nation Members.
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

William Hurl
Ontario, Canada108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This place is awesome. The carvings and artwork throughout are amazing. The story of the Squamish people is very interesting. When we were there there was an artist outside carving a totem pole. I could’ve stayed for hours watching him.
They have an extremely well stocked gift shop and the prices are amazingly cheap, considering you’re buying handmade authentic items, and it’s located across the street from the tourist trap that is Whistler.
I wish I had gone be more time before we left just for second look. Highly recommend taking time for this! This was probably the best thing I saw in the Whistler.
Written April 30, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review we truly appreciate it!
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

smvNYC
New York City, NY359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a well maintained place that provides great information on the First Nations that shared Whistler as a home. Strongly recommend taking the free tour that offered, as it brings a better perspective on what you see. We also enjoyed the cafe that offers food with traditional ingredients.
Written March 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for the great review,, sharing your experience is much appreciated!
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bethie
Moss Vale, Australia243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited the centre this morning and loved every minute of our time there. The welcome drumming and dancing was great, the tour informative and really interesting. We then spent a further hour looking at the exhibits, reading more information and history and would have stayed longer but we had to get on the road to our next destination. Absolutely worth a visit!
Written February 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your experience with us we very much appreciate you taking your time to visit and also to share your experience.
Written July 9, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

den r
Los Angeles, CA299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Tour given by member was thought provoking as she shared her experiences as a person who strives to remain connected to her ancestral land and rituals. Decimation of her people by smallpox and then government interventions has left scars on the community and has torn apart her own family.
Written October 6, 2023
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Huy Chexw / Kúkwstum̓ckacw / Thank you so much for your heartfelt review, your support is much appreciated.
Written February 7, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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