Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the first centre of its kind in Canada, located on the shared, traditional territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. Two nations came together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation, Coast Salish) and Líl̓wat7úl (Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish) Nations. Designed to evoke the form of a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken (earthen dwelling), the SLCC embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow, and share their traditional cultures.

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Exhibitions & Tours

The Cultural Centre displays both permanent and temporary exhibitions which showcase the many aspects of the Squamish and Lil’wat cultural history, traditions and practices from ancient times to modern day. Daily, guided tours and seasonal, feature tours are also included with general admission.

Permanent Exhibit

What We Treasure

The permanent exhibit is dedicated to the core of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and Líl̓wat7úl (Lil’wat Nation) culture; ceremony, language, regalia, and stories told through different mediums. They honour the legacy of their Ancestors by creating objects vital to their culture and each piece is infused with the history of their families. The collection features baskets, blankets, canoes, carvings (also known as totem poles), drums, tools, and regalia (traditional clothing).

Current Special Exhibits

Declaration of the Lillooet Tribes

Date: May 10 – December 1, 2024
Description: This exhibition shares the history of the Chiefs of eleven communities that came together to sign the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribes, on May 10, 1911. These St̓at̓y̓emc Nation communities including the Lil’wat Nation share the same culture and language with Southern, Northern, and the Lakes dialects, and they gather together each year to celebrate Declaration Days.

Steward of the Land

Date: April 30 – June 30, 2024
Description: The Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxwumixw and Líl̓wat7úl have been caring for their territory since the beginning of their creation stories. Their stories are written on the land, they use their stories to teach their history and virtues. The Ta na wa Yúus ta Stitúyntsam̓ (The person who protects the land) of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxwumixw and the skel7áw̓lh (Steward of the land) of the Líl̓wat7úl are roles shared by all of the responsible and respectable people of their Nations. Historically, there were some who specialized in certain areas but it was a role shared by all. In recent years the roles have been taken up by the Administration Departments who work with partners to care for the land. This exhibition shares some of the work done to help restore the balance and harmony in the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) territory and the Líl̓wat7úl (Lil’wat Nation) territory with our neighbours and partners.

Hourly Guided Tours

These guided tours are offered on the hour, every hour, from 10 AM – 4 PM daily. Friendly Cultural Ambassadors from both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations share their culture and knowledge in this immersive cultural centre. The hourly guided tour includes a traditional welcome song, fifteen minute film and exhibit tour. General Admission includes access to the galleries and exhibits throughout the main level (Great Hall) and mezzanine, and guided forest walks at 2 PM. After the tour, guests are encouraged to revisit areas of the museum that piqued their interest.

Other Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre highlights include:

  • Permanent and temporary exhibits from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations
  • Seasonal Live Demonstrations of weaving, carving, cedar prepping, and other cultural regenerative activities
  • An outdoor Lil'wat Istken (earthen dwelling) and Squamish Longhouse
  • An interpretive forest walk along the Salish Stroll, available from May to September
  • Hands-on activities with SLCC Cultural Ambassadors. One-on-one, led crafts where you make your own medicine bag, dream catcher, drum, and other traditional crafts. Throughout the process, Ambassadors share the stories and significance of the craft. Offered seasonally, or through special events or private tours.
  • A theatre showcasing a 15-minute film
  • Whistler’s largest First Nations gift shop, offering products authentic and unique to the Squamish, Lil'wat, and other First Nations peoples of Canada
  • Thunderbird Café, an indigenous-inspired eatery in the SLCC’s admission-free area
  • The gift shop and Thunderbird café can be accessed without paying the admission fee to the SLCC, making it the perfect place to pick up a memorable Whistler gift

Admission

  • Adult (26-64): $25
  • Child (6-18): $12
  • Child (5 and under): Free
  • Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children under 18 years): $50

When to Visit

Weekdays Hours Weekends Hours
Monday Closed Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM    
Friday 10 AM – 5 PM    
  • Thunderbird Café open 10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesday to Sunday.

Location

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is located in the Upper Village at 4584 Blackcomb Way. Limited parking is available onsite; additional parking is available along Blackcomb Way and in the Day Lots.

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*Hours of operation and admission prices subject to change.

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