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“Culture trip”

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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$173.05*
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Ranked #7 of 101 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.
Reviewed May 20, 2013

We had a family ticket for 49 dollars even though our daughters are in their early 20s. The guided tour was an hour and was really interesting as our tour guide was a member of one of the two tribes that the centre is all about. You can take photos of everything except the short film that is shown and we ended up in a long house making a cedar wood bracelet!

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The Cultural Centre was a very interesting insight into the Squamish Nation, exellent tour of the centre and a interesting film

Thank Juliet S
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Well set out and very informative about 2 indigenous tribes that still have a great deal to say on how their land is being used - and good for them. unfortunately missed the opening of their new display but had great fun making a bracelet from the bark of a Cedar tree :)

Thank guernsygirl
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Really enjoyed the tour of the Lil'wat and Squamish Cultural Centre It gave us an insight into the history of the local indigenous culture and the two groups occupying the territories around Whistler and Squamish.

There was some spectacular outdoor scenery in the 15 minute introductory video and we were lifted by the hosts traditional chant and drumming before the tour. The commentary was very informative peppered with personal anecdotes, I wanted to hear more about the exhibits on display and would have loved to see someone wearing a traditional costume.

The admission price of $18 may seem high, but because it was the only Indigenous Cultural Centre we found in Whistler I guess the price reflects that. Looking forward to returning.

Thank Ele560
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The building is stunning, the exhibits are ok as far as they go, and the guides very nice and authentic. The entry fee is expensive for what you get ($18 US or so) but it certainly left me wanting to know more.
I would go again, but anyone who is not very interested inlocal culture should probably skip it- just on the basis of the cost for what is there.

Thank rebmax
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