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“Excellent Cultural Experience”

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Ranked #6 of 58 things to do in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 19, 2018

I visited the Cultural Centre during my visit to Whistler, as a "rainy day" activity and am glad that I did. The first nations guide for the tour did an excellent job of introducing us to the different aspects of the Lil'Wat and Squamish nations history, lives and cultures. The guided tour and craft activity is under an hour, however you can spend your own time in the exhibits (and cafe and gift shop).

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alan S
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

This is a must for any traveler with genuine interests in history and culture. The center is informative and welcoming.
The gift shop is brilliant with heaps of local artifacts small light weight items that are easy to carry home.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kmaclean12
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

This is a wonderful place to visit giving on an insite into how this culture evolved .,
Guided tours each hour is best way to look at everything..
The guides give you all the information and readily answer any questions you have.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JJ E
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The staff were so informative and knowledgeable about the history. The First Nations people are fully involved in the running of the centre.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alison B
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

I took my 9 year old son here. Brittany was our tour guide. She left me with a greater respect and appreciation for the native people. I loved her personal story of sharing her culture and oral traditions with her own daughter. She showed us how to make cedar bark bracelets. I had taken my son out of school to come to Whistler with us and this was like a field trip for him. So glad we went!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KimJoMo
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