Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Whistler: Hours, Address, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 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, 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.
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Cassie K
North Vancouver, Canada122 contributions
Great addition to a Whistler vacation
Jul. 2021 • Family
A great way to spend an hour or two doing something meaningful and fulfilling in Whistler. Kind staff take you on a tour to point out special parts of the museum. Check out the cafe for bannock and take the interpretive nature trail back to the village.
Written July 5, 2021
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salesmanager13
Surrey, Canada137 contributions
Interesting and Informative...
Jun. 2020 • Family
Enjoyed seeing the creative talents of Whistler and Squamish area First Nations...

Tour Guide was extremely informative...
Artwork was incredibly interesting and took immense talent and discipline to create.

Don’t forget to stop at the Gift Shop...
And, you must try some food at the downstairs cafe.

I highly recommend the...
Salmon Chowder with fresh bannock.

Enjoy a couple well spent hours here.
Written December 8, 2020
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THE GREEK
Vancouver, Canada50 contributions
Very informative!
Nov. 2020
Took the kids here for what I thought would be a short visit. We stayed for almost 3 hours. They had a live drum/song to start off with and then a great short film. We were then given a tour of the exhibits and had so many very interesting things explained, They answered all of our questions and made it very intersting for the kids and us Adults. The staff were awesome!
Written November 19, 2020
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M K
3 contributions
Beautiful
Oct. 2020
It was a privilege to have an ancient song sung to us, as it was performed for King Edward VIII. The guided tour was excellent. The museum itself is beautiful with beautiful cultural artifacts with their great history. I just wish the woman in front of us at the cafe didn't buy all of the bannocks.
Written October 6, 2020
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Darcy G
Victoria, Canada9 contributions
Super Experience
Sep. 2020
This is an excellent way to understand the history and culture of the local First Nations people. The exhibits and artifacts are first rate. There is a guided tour of the forest garden. Pre Covid, there is a guided tour of the center. Both are excellent. Try some of the venison chilli in the cafe - very tasty.
Written October 1, 2020
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Tsekitling
2 contributions
Nothing to see and rude customer service
Sep. 2020
We entered the centre from lower floor through the open air farmer market (outside the centre). We walked into the exhibition hall. A staff approached us and shouted “if you pass this point you’ve to pay”. We stopped. Then she went behind the shielded counter and pick up a sign and bang it on the countertop. “Look” she said. The sign probably indicates the fees. Wow, never encountered such a rude customer service in any cultural centre or museum in anywhere in the world, except in Whistler.
Written September 7, 2020
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Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw for taking the time to share your experience, Tsekitling. We will work with our team on kind communication practices to ensure all guests feel warmly welcomed upon entering our Centre. If you are still in Whistler, please contact marketing@slcc.ca and we would be happy to provide complimentary admission for you to revisit our Centre. Between our permanent exhibits, temporary gallery, and outdoor exhibit offerings, we are confident there is plenty to see and learn about from our knowledgeable Cultural Ambassadors, who lead Guided Forest Walks at 11am and 3pm, and a Guided Museum Tour at 1pm. These tours are offered everyday we are open, Thursday - Sunday. Have a great day, Tsekitling, and we hope to hear from you soon.
Written September 8, 2020
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kawaguy
New Westminster, Canada1,046 contributions
First-class
Sep. 2020
Easy to get to - a short walk from most of the Village, or you can park in Lot 5 for $5 (the day maximum).

Some of the activities have had to be cut back with COVID concerns, but there's plenty left. We had a tour in the forest with explanations of how the locals used to use the the various plants that grow here - short easy walk, maybe 45 minutes in all, including an explanation of the pit house. After that, we watched a carver and talked with him briefly, then went inside. Totem poles, regalia clothing, ceremonial canoes, lots of carvings -- all first-rate artwork.

A good 15-minute movie gave us a chance to get off our feet, and a brief song by our guide and some helpers gave us some extra culture.

We had lunch, too. Salmon chowder with bannock, excellent and good value.
No concerns re social distancing, as the tables are spaced widely around the perimeter of the large dining room.

The gift shop is also excellent, with quality stuff in all price ranges.

Highly recommended.
Written September 6, 2020
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What a lovely, thorough review of your experience at our Centre, kawaguy! We are deeply appreciative of your description and are so happy to see you sharing your positive experience with other Trip Advisor users. Huy Chexw /Kukw`stumc`kacw / Thank you!
Written September 8, 2020
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Rns90
Calgary, Canada12 contributions
Interesting Cultural facts and exhibits
Aug. 2020
We arrived just in time for the cultural tour around the center. Well conducted by Justin, very knowledgeable. The exhibits are well displayd with a lot of info. Do not miss going here if you are in Whistler.
Written September 6, 2020
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Huy Chexw / Kukw`stumc`kacw for your rave review and recommendation to visit us, Rns90! We're so happy to hear about your positive experience; we will pass on your kind remarks to Justin, too.
Written September 8, 2020
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sashakeena
Vancouver, Canada11,043 contributions
Worth the Experience!
Sep. 2020
Enjoyed our time at the Cultural Center, well worth coming here to get a better understanding of historic past of the Squamish Nation. Amazing art work, clothing and historic totem poles. Friendly staff members & recommend going to the restaurant for a tasty lunch.
Written September 5, 2020
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Huy Chexw / Kukw`stumc`kacw for your 5/5 review and recommendation to visit, Sashakeena! We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us.
Written September 8, 2020
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Lucie H
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada2 contributions
Great Cultural Experience
Aug. 2020
This was my first visit to the cultural centre. The main gallery had some beautiful First Nation art. The rest of the galley displayed a range of Squamish and Lil'wat regalia, carvings and jewelry. We were greeting with a song and got a guided tour of the nearby forest
Written August 28, 2020
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Huy Chexw / Kukw`stumc`kacw for your 5/5 review, LucieH1957! It sounds like you explored all our centre's offerings, we are happy to hear you enjoyed yourself and your experience so highly.
Written September 8, 2020
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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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