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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
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
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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Extremely informational

I don't often enjoy "tourist traps" and Historic information centers. With that said, I really enjoyed Squamish's center.

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I don't often enjoy "tourist traps" and Historic information centers. With that said, I really enjoyed Squamish's center.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fascinating and very informative. Great exhibits, introductory film and welcome song if your really lucky! Really helped with understanding culture and what First Nations have gone through. Great to see First Nations trying to protect their precious culture from all the modern pressures and pass onto the next generation. Great shop.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cultural Center is a well curated center which shares the history and stories of the Squamish and Lil'wat peoples. A documentary film, personal tour, lesson in cedar rope making and a very emotionally evocative display on the history of the removal of children from their aboriginal families is incredibly well done and enlightening. This is a stop worth while,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I found the residential schools exhibit to be really fascinating. Holly was our tour guide (from the Lil'Wat nation) and she spoke a bit about her growing up. She also showed us how to make Cesar rope. Overall, made me want to learn more about the First Nations culture and history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lear how two native tribes blend their cultures and heritage to co-exist rather than fight over territory. This is a wonderful story, a well thought out tour and a beautiful facility. We came to get out of the cold, harsh weather for a while and left completely enchanted with this place. The LEED certified structure is also well worth seeing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed a lovely morning at the cultural centre. Very informative tour and lovely displays. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here and found it very enlightening. It was very interesting to learn about the natives in Canada and the issues they had with the government in history. It is a beautiful place and a nice place to visit with the family. I would suggest taking the guided tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a day off skiing due to weather conditions which was a blessing because if not for bad skiing weather we would have missed this great experience. The museum is so interesting and there is a short video followed by a guided tour. Don't wait for bad weather make this a must for when you visit Whistler.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very impressed at the level of activity in this cultural center. While we have had the opportunity to attend pow wows and enjoy Native American museums in the States, this was our first visit to a Canadian First Nations center. We were quite pleased to be able to discuss experiences with the Squamish and Lil'wat people who are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every city and town in Canada should envy this amazing celebration of the original people of this land and their stories and traditions. This place is wonderful and should be experienced by all Whistler visitors out of not only respect for the first people but also to celebrate with them!

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