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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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Address: 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0 , Canada
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+1 866-441-7522
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-storey, 30,400-square foot...

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-storey, 30,400-square foot award-winning First Nations tourism facility. Guests are offered a guided tour from a local First Nation cultural ambassador who share their knowledge and stories while visiting the many displays and artifacts on display. Guests enjoy a cultural performance of drums and song as well as the chance to learn, hands-on, an indigenous craft. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Designed to preserve and renew local First Nations' cultures and to share these living cultures with the world; the experience includes Class A museum space to house rare artifacts, a gift gallery, a cafe and an 80 seat HD theatre.

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Great cafe and gift shop

As I was staying close by, I decided to take a peek on my free ski day. It was interesting enough, however, coming from Australia, I found it very similar to our aborigines... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
lisa m
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As I was staying close by, I decided to take a peek on my free ski day. It was interesting enough, however, coming from Australia, I found it very similar to our aborigines; heritage so not so surprising. For lunch, I had the seafood chowder which was the best I tasted in Canada and the gift shop had some high... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do not miss this visiting this cultural center. The history of the Squamish and Lil'wat nations is important, and opportunities to learn some traditional practices are offered on site.

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The cultural centre is a good visit if you are interested in the local indigenous culture, however, when we visited and undertook the guided toutr, our tour was very short compared to friends that had it the day before. They tried clothes that we weren't even offered to, they touched and felt, material that we were not allowed to. Price... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every hour, on the hour, a knowledgeable guide takes you through the centre providing many very interesting glimpses into the culture of the local first nations communities. Even some rope making for everyone using treated cedar bark strips.

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bill did a great job on my guided tour....the tour was about an hour long and I would highly recommend it....you would not receive the same information on your own...he was interesting and answered all questions....there was also a part of the museum you can do on your own and I would suggest doing that also....I ate lunch in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought my grade 12 students to the SLCC from North Vancouver back in December. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with warmth by the SLCC staff- we were late to arrive and missed our booking time, so I was worried that I'd thrown off the days' itinerary. My students appeared awe struck by the building, the artwork,... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool spot to check out on a rainy day. Great little movie in there to watch about the history of the land. Always good to learn about the history of a place you live/visit!

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Pemberton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beth Milton was our guide and we learned so much about the history of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, especially the Squamish and Lil'wat people. We were able to experience through, film, exhibits, information boards and Beth's clear descriptions, life before BC became colonised from the other side of the Atlantic.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I decided to go here after a walk in Whistler as was surprised. The staff are very friendly and I got to learn information I did not know before. The walk/talk by the guides was very informative and the film that was shown showed the audience a slice of the people in the area we did not know about.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Whistler, mostly to ski, for a number of years. The Cultural Centre has been on our list of places to visit but we've never made the time, until today. Wow. What an interesting, informative and humbling experience. The building is beautiful. The information presented in an excellent and engaging manner. The wooden carvings are exquisite. But... More 

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