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“Interesting, very committed, knowledgeable staff.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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Whistler Snowshoe Tour with Entrance to Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
Ranked #4 of 99 things to do in Whistler
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Perth, Australia
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“Interesting, very committed, knowledgeable staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We came with a group and had breakfast here at 8am which was quite good, no shortage of food.
Our guide was very interesting and well informed. (The best part wa swhen we were all designated as whales, wolves and eagles and got to participate in a dance with the movements and the sounds - have not laughed so much as myself and others for ages!)
We were on a fairly tight group timeframe but still left the Centre with more information than we expected and a better understanding of how the Squamish people had lived and fitted in to current modern life. Very interesting and well worth a guided visit.

Visited September 2012
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Sicamous, Canada
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“Beautiful architecture few people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

I loved the look and feel of the building however traveling after the busy season I found it pretty empty inside without a clear path of where to gomor what to domor see.

Visited September 2012
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“Very moving, spiritual...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

This place is run by the people, for the people. Non profit. Proceeds ploughed back in to educate and ensure ancient traditions are not lost. Free car park close by. Nice cafe and gift shop. GO!!

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Squamish, Canada
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“A Treasure in a Treasured Land”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon learning about the Aboriginal culture of the two Nations who share the land surrounding Whistler, experiencing those cultures in hands-on workshops. There is a delightful 15 minute film, "Where Rivers, Mountain and People Meet", that introduces the peoples and traditional cultures of the area. Tour guides explain various aspects of the life and culture, demonstrating various exhibits, and the Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors do an amazing job of representing their people and culture.
There are examples of the traditional living structures of each nation, a Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat istken that you can visit as part of a tour or on your own.
If you have some time to spare or the weather seems uncooperative this is an excellent activity. Personally, I think it is a must see while in Whistler.
Adult admission is $18.00. There are family and senior rates as well. Mondays during Spring & Summer are entrance by donation.

Visited July 2012
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“One of the best things in Whistler”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

I really liked the open day at the cultural centre, there was dancing and drumming. I enjoyed chatting to the weaver and seeing all the textiles and crafts being done.

Visited September 2012
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