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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0 , Canada
604 964 0990
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Ranked #9 of 34 Attractions in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Southport, North Carolina, Usa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The cultural center is a modern building with many offerings to learn about the First Nation Indians and their contributions to discovery of the Canadian Rockies.

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went to the BBQ and tour. Interesting information in the short tour of the centre. Good value for the BBQ in a scenic setting looking up at the mountains.

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St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This attraction exceeded our expectations. We liked the way they brought their culture not just into the displays and artifacts but into the experience. From the performance of the welcoming song, which was beautifully sung, to the opportunity to make cedar rope bracelets the entire experience linked the various aspects of the centre. The building itself is beautiful and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I loved the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. It was the highlight of my stay in Whistler. Beautiful building, awesome artifacts, knowledgeable tour guides, fascinating history and contemporary cultures to share with us all and to learn important lessons from. H'ay c q'a for sharing your knowledge and culture with us!

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Whistler, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Felt I needed to do it! Beautifully created centre but limited number of exhibits which most have been made since 1970's so felt it did not get across the history of the First Nation people. Cafe provided lovely food and loads of great hand made and souvenir gifts that gave a great feel for the culture; just a bit pricey... More

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Mansfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

The very first thing we did upon arriving at YVR was to drive to Whistler to visit the center. We were greeted with a lovely song, met our tour guide after watching the introductory movie. Learned more with our guide than we could have on our own. Great way to start our trip!

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A lot of artifacts, particularly clothing. But more interesting stories and depictions of life and struggles and historical development of the first nation people in this area would have made this a better experience. Interior of the museum is very modern and airy.

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Evansville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm a history nut and enjoy seeing the culture and how it developed over the years! Plus making a bracelet from cedar bark!

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The staff at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre was amazing! All were very helpful and accommodating. This attraction has great interactive actives and gives a terrific overview of the Squamish and Lil-wat Aboriginal culture. You even get a take-away cedar bark bookmark/bracelet that you learn to make at the end of the tour.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It seems no expense has been spared in presenting the culture of the Squamish and the Lil'wat peoples at this architecturally stunning centre in Whistler. It is an interesting look at how two Aboriginal groups can join forces to showcase the similarities and differences in their traditional ways of life. I took the guided tour with a trainee named David,... More

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