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“Great way to learn some history”

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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Whistler Snowshoe Tour with Entrance to Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
Ranked #4 of 99 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.
Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great way to learn some history”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

I thought this was fantastic. Building was stunning, exhibits including long boats, totem poles were great and the tour guides were fantastic. They were keen to point out this was a cultural centre and not a museum and think thats relevant.

My wife understands some of the many challenges First Nations have to go through, how families and children were treated, family's torn apart etc years ago. This was ignored and not touched on. I asked one of the guides in-directly and he skirted around the issue.

Worth waiting for a tour. You get so much extra info.

But don't let that detract, go there with an open mind. They are presenting their culture in a positive way and if more people understand their culture a little more after a visit, that can only be a good thing

They have a good shop and cafe on site downstairs, which I believe is external of the paid fee area.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Family Trip”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

A brilliant display of the history of the indigenous peoples and their culture. If you are a history buff it is certainly worth the visit!

Visited September 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Really nice visit, just very busy!”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Came here as an evening venue whilst at a conference. It was very very busy as the conference was quite large (not the fault of the venue but still).
We had been told we were getting a Squamish meal and cultural experience. The food was simply canapes and a few stations dotted about the room with standard buffet food, I was rather hungry after!
The dancing and art gallery were really good and I did learn a lot but overall I was a little underwhelmed.

Visited September 2013
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Chatteris, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

We had a great time learning about Sqamish Lil'wat history, the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the First Nations. The displays were good, & there was lots to do & see. It also had a gift shop & a very nice cafe/restaurant. The outside area had been very well organised & we had great fun making rope. I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Wonderful Learning Experience”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Very worthwhile visit to a beautifully designed cultural centre to learn about the First Nations: Squamish and Lil'wat. Be sure and go on the guided tour, watch the film, and visit the gift shop for lovely items. The guide was great, and gave lots of good information and little tidbits that you wouldn't get just browsing on your own. It was also fun to learn how to make rope from cedar strips, very clever. The outdoor section is interesting and informative as well. The centre was an easy walk from Whistler Village.

Visited September 2013
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