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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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Interesting Centre – 3.50 out of 5 rating

This cultural centre is dedicated to the Squamish and Lilwat nations on the West Coast of British Columbia. The centre concentrates more on the cultural aspect of the two... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Richmond, Canada
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I did not find the Center to be very informative, nor did it have a lot of exhibits. There was enough to keep you interested, but I think it could do better.

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This cultural centre is dedicated to the Squamish and Lilwat nations on the West Coast of British Columbia. The centre concentrates more on the cultural aspect of the two nations including how the 2 nations depend on the earth’s resources to sustain their communities. On the first floor there are some totem poles and canoes in the main hallway, movie... More 

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The Entrance, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you to David our guide for a very educational talk. The two tribes should be proud of this cultural centre. This centre is a must see to discover about the local indigenous tribes. Very modern displays. Take the free tour then walk around to discover on your own. Gift shop is reasonably priced and the coffee shop has a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't sure what to expect, however worth every dollar. It was slightly cheaper as I had got a discount c ode from the visitor centre. The young man that greeted me Travis actually conducted the tour too. He and his friend were very knowledgeable about their heritage and spoke well. I was surprised to make a bracelets during the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting, great displays and a very interesting tour. This is a great way to spend an afternoon and highly recommended when in Whistler. We didn't have any food but will try that next visit. Made we want to do much more research after this glimpse into first nations culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The SLCC holds a barbecue every Tuesday evening. The food was prepared and once ready we were invited out to the patio area for the barbecue buffet. There was a good selection of food, salmon, bison sausages, chicken, potato salad, rice and salad, plus dessert. It was very tasty. After the meal there was a short dance show, followed by... More 

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Glenelg, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative Movie doco good Guide was informative and related her culture experience Breakfast good Cheers Chris Adelaide Australia

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The centre helped me see this wonderful country through different eyes. Guides we informative and helpful and readily make it clear they are also learning about some of the "lost" practices of these two nations. It appears many of the policies and actions of governments through the las 120 years reflect those of the governments of the same era of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a gem! The staff and tour guides are extremely passionate and knowledgable. It's a great rainy day activity, fun for kids and engaging for anyone interested in history, culture and art. The front desk informed me that Seattle/Washington residents are eligible for the local membership (same price as a 1 day adult pass). This allowed me to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cultural centre is very informative about the local First Nations, videos, displays. Wonderful gift shop, craft classes, Ambassadors to meet and greet you, the coffee shop has some traditional First Nation foods to taste. Beautiful setting.

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