Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Whistler (Gary Fiegehen/SLCC photo)
Two Coast Salish First Nations – Squamish and Lil’wat – have inhabited the Whistler Valley and surrounding areas for many thousands of years.
Today, visitors to Whistler can explore the two nations’ distinct cultures, histories, practices and beliefs at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, an innovative, architecturally stunning collaborative endeavour.
Designed in the form of a Squamish longhouse and a Lil’wat istken – a traditional pithouse dwelling – the centre features fascinating displays, an istken, an interpretive forest walk, multimedia exhibits, interactive performances and traditional craft making, offering visitors a truly immersive experience of the two nations’ rich cultures.
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s café features reasonably priced fare with a First Nations influence. Try venison chili, smoked salmon and bannock panini, or locally sourced purple potato salad.
Aboriginal artifacts and regalia have historical and cultural significance. Do not touch items unless you have been given permission to do so by a knowledgeable guide or local. If possible, also ask permission to take photos; some artifacts such as totem poles have interesting stories, and in asking for permission visitors learn more about the local history.
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4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a Great Hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe offering infusions of First Nations indigenous fare & a spectacular gift shop showcasing authentic local art, jewellery, literature, housewares, clothing, etc. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!
Venue rental available for private receptions, weddings & corporate events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.