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“Wonderful Authentic Experience”

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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Whistler Snowshoe Tour with Entrance to Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
Ranked #4 of 102 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 February 18, 2014

One of the fantastic legacies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For the first time you have rival First Nations tribes working together in harmony and sharing the culture. I found the experience to be authentic and the First Nations guides took pride in their heritage and eager to share. Wonderful pieces of art. A Whistler hidden gem. A must see.

Thank GayWhistler
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Did this by myself while friends skied. Found it very interesting and informative. A good way to get an insight into the aboriginal people of the area.

Thank Susan G
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

The admission fee for this museum is $18.50, but inquire about their weekly discount day. This museum is quite a showcase for First Nations basketry and canoes and there are a couple of interesting maps as well. It has two floors (with elevator) plus a lower level with cafe and gift shop. Unfortunately, the museum Info panels are a little hidden but their placement is consistent so once you see the pattern, you can seek them out. I don't know how long this museum has been open but it seemed as though it is possibly still in the early stages so perhaps they will finish some of the panels and finish the identification process. I enjoyed many of the displays but left feeling hopeful that the museum will continue to evolve and grow into the wonderful building it is housed in. There is a tour, so perhaps the tour would provide info missing from the displays, (but it was canceled the day I was there, probably as I was the only person there.)

Thank DuvallDesdemona
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Loved it all. Must see for all since it describes the tribes of the area with pictures and artifacts of their day-to-day lives. I was surprised to see how present the First Nations are in the area.

Thank telegumby
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Attended a cocktail party here...unique setting. An impressive cultural presentation with a mountain backdrop. Lots of elbow room and function possibilities.

Thank SusieQpacific
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