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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 36 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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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We opted for the guided tour which started out with a short film on the First Nations of this are of BC. Was great to see the arts and language being passed down to the youth of today. I was especially moved by the collaborative artwork currently on display that was completed by aboriginal carvers, one from this area and... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were on a day trip to Whistler in September. We found this Cultural Centre the highlight of our visit. Most everything else was VERY commercial and trying to sell us something. I guess it would be different in the winter when recreational activities would be available, but in general we found the town physically attractive but…. Boring! We spent... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Professional exhibits and informative staff. Great gift shop! We had an evening event (dinner) held there. Well fed and entertained.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A great place to spend sometime away from all the activities. Nevertheless, if you are not really into culture and history, I'd skip this place and do other things in Whistler. There's too much fun things to do in Whistler that you may not want to waste it in the museum.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a modern, small museum run by the Squamish. It is very pleasant and informative. It is very close to the Fairmont Hotel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I believe that that this is a must when visiting Whistler. It gives you great knowledge about the two nations, the Squamish and Lilwat nations. They have a short (15 min) film which is a very good way to have a quick tour about the two nations.

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We arrived in the early afternoon and where greated by a charming young lady called Taylor. We headed into the main body of the buiding and started to explore. There is a short film that gives you an overview of the center and is very educational. We took our time to read all the informaiton and then headed to the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is a really good place to visit. The history of the First Nations of the area is well presented. There is a workshop to make something of the times, the quids is very good and knowledgable. You can end the tour with a big bowl of bison chilli.

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

brilliant made cultural center. do go, if you spend time in whistler, as it gives first hand information on the first nation tribes around whistler. so much to learn and experience! thanks to bill for a great tour and thorough explanations!

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Excellent presentation by first nation staff, museum beautifully presented showing the differences between the Squamish and Lil'wat and the gift shop offers quality goods and is very reasonably priced. We were part of a tour and actually had breakfast at the cultural centre and this was a great experiences we had a chance to sample Squamish Lil'wat bread and learn... More

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