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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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

There is a good gift shop and its a very interesting place that worth the visit! There is also a good coffe shop there!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a good gift shop and its a very interesting place that worth the visit! There is also a good coffe shop there!

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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting this cultural centre really opened my eyes .At least now the indiginous -First Nation-people seem to be getting a better deal.Thrir history and their artefacts and their new written language are fascinating.

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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I have visited the centre several times since it opened. If you pay a few extra dollars for admission, you receive an annual membership and can visit several times in the year free. I love looking over the canoes and totems. There is a short video which screens throughout the day explaining the history of the two first nations bands.... More 

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I visited this museum on a rainy morning during low season, so it was very quiet. I was the only person for the optional tour to start with, but David, the guide, was excellent. The first part of the tour included a welcome song and then a short film in the very modern and comfortable theatre. David then showed us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The Cultural Centre is a beautiful space for all ages (went with 4 year old) to introduce the unique histories of the Squamish and Lil'wat peoples, but also learn about the way Canada has developed and continues to deal with a history of colonialism. The space is welcoming and peaceful, the art is beautiful, and the messages are effective. On... More 

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Sonoma County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I did the evening BBQ dinner and tour. Lots of information on the history of the native people in the area and delicious food. Very nice gift shop. A must do when in Whistler.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We first watched an informative video of the Squamish and Lil'wat people and history of the area. Then were taken on a guided tour of the museum, did a short craft (cedar bracelet) and finished the tour ourselves. The museum was very clean and well put-together. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Price was a little high.

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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

It is a must see to learn about and pay your respects to people of the territory you are visiting. Architecturally is a stunning building and the museum display well presented. I was at a conference so I do not know if the dining is available to all visitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The center is simple but informative, with tours on the hour included with the price of entry. You get to make a cedar root bracelet too, which is fun

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Excellent cultural centre that needs to be visited and deserves to grow and develop. Friendly and informative guides who were only too happy to answer questions and chat. There is much to learn and to understand about Canada's first people. A wonderful day. Plus the shop and cafe are both great!

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