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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A True First Nations experience

Took the kids here and we all enjoyed it. Made a cedar bracelet and dressed up in traditional first nations clothes. It was a lot of fun for everyone. They have an awesome gift... read more

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Mission, Canada
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Mission, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took the kids here and we all enjoyed it. Made a cedar bracelet and dressed up in traditional first nations clothes. It was a lot of fun for everyone. They have an awesome gift shop too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Young girl was the guide through the center. It was interesting and she did a good job explaining much of the culture, dress, etc.

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Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful experience for all ages. We so enjoyed the film and the tour. Great learning experience. We left with a feeling of joy, sadness and an appreciation for the First Nations people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent about 2hrs here. Very interesting and a great way to learn about the original culture of the area. There's a group tour as part of the ticket price that's very informative. I would have liked more stories about the original myths and legends taught.

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A couple of hours max to see the centre so try and save it for a rainy, damp day. On the hour they have a welcome song and an introductory film - good insight. Then a guided tour, which is well worth it. There's outside exhibits too. Don't forget the special exhibition on "Residential Homes" which is what they called... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiance and I made it a point to visit this cultural centre during our recent holiday. We have traveled to Whistler for several years, summer and winter, and it was truly our loss for not having come to this museum sooner. We were thankful that we managed to catch the last tour of the day; however, we have to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good rainy day activity and interesting. There is a shop and a cafe to order food. We didn't end up paying to go in, but we looked at the carvings and read the information in the lobby area. Went to the gift shop and tried the venison chilli (which basically tasted like regular meat chilli) and the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum and cultural center in Whistler. It is staffed by First Nation (Native American's to us Americans). Warm and friendly staff. They have a short 45-minute narrated walking tour of their facilities. You can learn about the native Canadians that call Whistler Mountains and surrounding area their home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of our Globus tour. Started with a very nice breakfast in the big hall , followed by an excellent and interesting tour of the centre explaining the various aspects of the culture and history of the Squamish first nations. We got to participate in singing and dancing which was great as well. Gift store has some excellent products, some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the Lil'wat Cultural Center a few times. We have either toured or taken part in the children's activities. The museum is a wonderful collection of First Nations artifacts and history. From canoes to different methods of hunting and fishing the visitor can really get a sense of the life once lived in these parts. You learn... More 

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