Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Whistler
Where is it at?
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
4584 Blackcomb Way
Where are we going today?
The history, culture and nations that make up Canada are fascinating, so why not introduce the kids to it all!
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is filled with amazing learning experiences for the whole family.
It was set up by the Squamish Nation, and the Lil'wat Nation, who have actually coexisted respectfully for thousands of years. These nations have thrived on the land, and have built an incredible relationship with the world around them.
As the modern world grew, they adapted but held onto their traditions, and now they have come together to create this amazing cultural centre to preserve their cultures, and introduce them to families just like you!
The site of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is just as important, because they have left the forest area nearby virtually untouched. That's what we like to hear!
The centre always has featured exhibits that can teach you all about aspects of the cultures. They often rotate so you can see something new each time you return!
From traditions, tattoos, animals and the relationship between humans and the world...there is always something amazing to immerse yourselves in !
Over summer, the team at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre hold fun BBQs on Tuesday evenings, so why not head on down and enjoy the flavors as you enjoy the tour of the site!
Sometimes the centre has artists in residence too, which means that you can see these masterpieces being created right in front of you, and learn why they are doing what they do!
An incredible experience surrounding something so important to the Canadian history. A fascinating family experience!
How much does it cost?
- Children$8 (ages 6 to 12)
When can we go?
9:30am - 5pm daily
All year round.
They love having students visit! There are a number of group activities and programs that you can enjoy, as well as tours covering a range of topics. .
Thunderbird Cafe is a great place to try traditional fare, with dishes like salmon chowder and Bannock!.
The foods are all fresh local ingredients, and inspired by First Nations food. They have healthy options too! .
Doing our bit
They are two First Nation tribes who have come together to preserve and promote their traditions and cultures. An important part of Canadian history .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs just give them a call to see how they can help! .
Can I get one of those?
The Gallery & Gift Shop has a number of items inspired by traditional cultures, including ceremonial masks and wool weavings..
You can use the cafe and gift gallery without entering the museum. The cafe has free wifi too! .
What people are saying?
by Liz A.
What an amazing centre! We hosted an evening reception for delegates at a conference we held in Whistler earlier this month (June 2015).
The staff was professional and easy to work with, especially considering our tight timelines (10 days). I was very pleased with the way they provided suggestions to make the evening one our guest would not forget.
Would definitely recommend a visit.
by Jason Morrison
Visited with my 4-year-old daughter and she's still talking about it. The museum is not very large, but definitely worth a stop. The staff was very friendly and my daughter loved drumming along with their song.
by Meagan Ross
Brought our two kids (ages 1 and 3), there were drums to try and a canoe for the kids to sit in, drawings/colouring and so much rich history and beautiful artifacts. Such a nice way to spend an hour or two, away from the tourist-y bustle of the Village. A small cafe in the basement with reasonable prices - didn't eat anything, but the menu sounded delicious! Highly recommend if you're in the area.
by Nina Akhtar
Thank you for the lovely tour yesterday. Our students from Simon Fraser University thoroughly enjoyed learning about the rich culture and history of First Nation's in the Whistler and Squamish region. The bracelet making activity was also very enjoyable!! Your building is a work of art in itself, and I personally could not stop marvelling at it. Thank you again!