Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the first centre of its kind in Canada. Two nations came together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation, Coast Salish) and Líl̓wat7ul (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.

When to Visit

Weekdays Hours Weekends Hours
Monday Closed Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM
Tuesday Closed Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM    
Friday 10 AM – 9 PM    
  • 10 – 11 AM is reserved for seniors and vulnerable people
  • Thunderbird Café open 10 AM – 4 PM, Thursday to Sunday, and until 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

Admission

  • General Admission Adult (26+) $20
  • General Admission Young Adult (19-25) $15
  • General Admission Student (13-18) $7
  • General Admission Child (6-12) $5
  • Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children under 18 years) $45

Add a freshly baked bannock donut to your General Admission Ticket for an additional $4 per person!

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

Friendly Cultural Ambassadors from both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations share their culture and knowledge in this immersive cultural centre. General Admission includes access to the galleries and exhibits throughout the main level (Great Hall) and mezzanine. While our hourly guided tours have been cancelled until further notice, traditional hand drum songs will still be shared at the top of every hour (10am - 4pm) for guests to enjoy.

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 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 in Whistler to pick up a memorable gift

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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A Night at the Museum

Every Friday and Saturday from July 10 – September 5, 2020
A Night at the Museum offers extended hours of operation on Friday and Saturday evenings where guests can explore the museum and Gift Shop until 9 PM while the Thunderbird Cafe remains open for dine in or take-out dinner options until 8 PM.

The Northwest Coast inspired menu includes Barbecued Elk Hot Dog on a Bannock Bun, Kuterra Salmon served on Rootdown Organics fresh greens, Cheesy Bannock, Bannock Tacos, Charcuterie featuring Cured Game Meat and Bannock Crostinis. Beer and wine are available for purchase with dinner (dine in only).

A Night at the Museum Admission

Evening admission includes extended access to the museum and galleries until 9 PM. Additional offerings include dinner and drinks from the Thunderbird Cafe until 8 PM (not included in admission) and shopping in the Gift Shop until 9 PM.

First Nations Winter Feast

Thursday evenings from December 17, 2020 – March 25, 2021 (excluding Dec 30 & Jan 21)
Join the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for a night at the museum dining experience. Located in Whistler’s Upper Village, the SLCC hosts a First Nations Winter Feast on Sundays and Thursdays that blends culinary journey and cultural sharing. Enjoy a delicious Indigenous-inspired feast as Nation members share their culture through regalia, storytelling, music and dance.

The menu includes two winter-centric salads, four hearty protein mains, and a seasonal apple and pear crumble for dessert. Highlights include a Three Sisters salad of roasted root vegetables, cedar-roasted salmon paired with lemon-infused maple butter, and an alder-smoked bison brisket. Veg-forward and gluten free options are abound, making this a feast suitable for all diets.

To learn more about Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation, an optional guided tour lead by Cultural Ambassadors starts at 5:30 PM and highlights the museum’s treasures, including their newest exhibit, AMBASSADORS.

This experience is offered on Thursdays (excluding December 30 & January 21). Doors open at 5:15 PM with an optional guided tour starting promptly at 5:30 PM. Please arrive by 6 PM at the very latest, entry after 6:20 PM will not be permitted.

Whistler Cultural Pass – $30 per person

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 up to 20% when you purchase tickets as a dual admission pass.

Please note that the Audain Art Museum is closed Monday to Thursday and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is closed Monday to Wednesday. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

*Hours of operation and admission prices subject to change.

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