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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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Address: 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0, Canada
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+1 866-441-7522
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This was meant to be a meeting point for those on our tour, but it was brilliant. Informative and extremely interesting, the pride shown by these Squamish people and their... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was meant to be a meeting point for those on our tour, but it was brilliant. Informative and extremely interesting, the pride shown by these Squamish people and their genuine delight in seeing everyone so interested in their culture was just great. Their attitude towards animals, the environment and their fellow man showed a culture that only used what... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are two parts that are ecceptional- first there is a 15 minute video that is beautiful, interesting and really gives a good over-view. Very professionally made. Second- the guided tour. The tour guides are local First Nation people- it was very, very interesting. Very knowledgeable. I learned a lot. Based on my experience and other folks reviews- I think... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've walked past this building many times over the years and this year I finally went inside. The building itself is stunning and the displays inside are very well done. Included with your admission are free guided tours on the hour. Touring through the displays with a guide made the experience much better than if I was to do a... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Having grown up in North Vancouver and gone to school with many Capilano Squamish band members, I was keenly interested in the Lil'wat centre. We had recently been to the Audain museum which displayed amazing 19th and 20th century native artifacts and British Columbia artists work, but was essentially a museum. The Lil'wat centre is a living museum showcasing past... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up early from our hotel for the Whistler tour. Leaving the city, the first stop was Shannon falls. It was a beautiful and majestic waterfall but the place didn't offer much of a facility. A few miles heading closer to Whistler is the Squamish Cultural Center. They have a coffee shop that serves world class espresso! The... More 

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Thank ElPasoB1ll1f
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to learn about the First Nations peoples of the Lil'wat and Squamish. An educational and entertaining experience!

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Thank Luke P
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting museum about the Squamish and Lil Wat tribes. Great way to learn about the natives and first nations. This place is situated between the territories of either tribe. We started a guided tour by having our guides sing a traditional native song for us. This place is filled with native art which is just amazing, along with showing... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful center which highlights two indigenous area groups. They had a special exhibit on the "Resettlement Schools" which I found fascinating because they had photos of some of the children before they were "resettled" and after. I had salmon /corn chowder and baddock there. It was a great experience in all respects.

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Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with our tour bus group. After a short Coco, young First Nations guides took us on a tour of the Centre. Very informative.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had an hour and a half to kill so I came here. The exhibits were great and our tour guide was from the Squamish nation, which I really enjoyed. Hearing First Nation history from her perspective was powerful. The traveling exhibit on the residential school was powerful as well, we even found the school my husband's grandfather had been... More 

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