Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The first ever centre dedicated to the history and culture of local First Nations, The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler is where mountains, rivers and people meet. Built to preserve their culture and share it with others, the building is designed to evoke the longhouses of the Squamish people and the Istken (traditional earthen pit house) of the Lil’wat people with a modern architectural interpretation.

Hours

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre: Open daily from 9:30 AM – 5 PM.
Thunderbird Café: Daily 10 AM - 4 PM (Closed Mondays during the winter season from Canadian Thanksgiving to Easter Monday.)

Special Early Venue Closures

Monday, October 1: Last guided tour available at 3 PM. SLCC and Thunderbird Café are closed to general public at 4 PM.

Saturday, October 20: Last guided tour available at 12 PM. SLCC and Thunderbird Café are closed to general public at 1 PM.

Admission

  • General Admission $18
  • Student Admission $13.50
  • Child Admission (5 and under) Free
  • Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children under 18 years) $42

The gift shop and café can be accessed without paying the admission fee to the Centre - making it the perfect place in Whistler to pick up a memorable gift.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Highlights

Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for their hourly guided tour experience offered on the hour, every hour, 10am – 4pm 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, exhibit tour, and cedar-rope bracelet making activity. 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
  • 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
  • A craft area with interactive crafts for all ages
  • 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 in Canada
  • Thunderbird Café, an indigenous inspired eatery with a unique menu made with fresh local ingredients where possible. Visitors are encouraged to taste feature items such as the smoked salmon bannock panini, bison pot pie, venison chili, and xuxem berry tea
  • The gift shop and Thunderbird café can be accessed without paying the admission fee to the SLCC - making it the perfect place in Whistler to pick up a memorable gift

Location

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is located at 4584 Blackcomb Way, adjacent to the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Upper Village. Parking is available in the day lots.

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First Nations Feast: April 24 - September 18, 2018

On select Tuesday and Sunday night during summer, enjoy a tour of the award-winning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and a First Nations BBQ dinner.

Our buffet style feast includes mouth-watering delicacies such as fresh baked bannock, buffalo smokies, cedar plank West Coast salmon with maple glaze and mixed baby greens with blueberry maple vinaigrette.

  Adult (13+) Youth (6-12) Child (5 & Under)
2018 BBQ Prices $65 $25 Free (Max 3 per family)

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Offers

Whistler Cultural Pass

The Whistler Cultural Pass provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Save 15% when you purchase tickets as a pass.

Please note that the Audain Art Gallery is closed each Tuesday. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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