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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: 604 964 0990
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Description: 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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Great rainy day activity

When the weather doesn't match your recreational desires, head here for some cultural education. It's interesting how two cultures have joined to bring their stories together. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Bellevue, Washington
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Bothell, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Visited this cultural center today. Since we are from Seattle and immersed in the history of our Native Americans I really have to be honest that this was not worth my time. I was hoping to learn more about the area, how the tribes worked together and adapted to the harsher weather. There were a lot of recent (year 2002+)... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

When the weather doesn't match your recreational desires, head here for some cultural education. It's interesting how two cultures have joined to bring their stories together. The building itself is fascinating, and the exhibited items evidence cultures rebuilding what was nearly lost in the europeanization attempts of the previous two centuries.

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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is a gorgeous building with very interesting exhibits. It's beautifully and expensively done. I believe it can cost about $20 to tour--I don't remember, but it is a little pricey. I don't do the tour every year, but they do let you go to the gift shop without paying if you don't want to go through the museum. Try... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a great place to see the real native history with excellent artefacts. Take the time to visit and join in the moving song.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Fantastic museum and I highly recommend timing it so you get to go around with one of the museum staff, who are all part of either the Squamish or Lil'wat people to this day. The museum includes lots of artifacts such as hand made canoes, totem poles and even the houses they used to live in. It tells the story... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Cultural Centre was an excellent choice for fun and educational things to do in Whistler when it's raining. There were many exhibits and full sized long houses and habitats.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Our guide Jeremy was very informative and I enjoyed learning about the culture of the First Nation People.

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Lebanon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It's a great living cultural experience that two Nations came together to keep their traditions alive. They teach to keep the past alive and look into the future. We had the pleasure to be there as they opened and were invited to their morning tradition of song and stories as they start their day. A must see if you go... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

A gently but openly told story of the indigenous peoples of the areas around Whistler and Squamish. Gives the visitor a better understanding of the cultural heritage of the area as well as a full context for the seasons, mountains and rivers. The building is a masterpiece of timber, glass and light and offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This centre is in its infancy. With a few more years of development it could be a lot better. It badly needs a person experienced in museums to take over management. What am I saying here? It is simple not authentic or interesting enough..... ..Yet

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