The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a modern gallery featuring West Coast Aboriginal art, as well as First Nations cultural artifacts in Whistler.
Located in an impressive new building at 4584 Blackcomb Way in the Upper Village, the centre is a cooperative project by both the local Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.
First Nations Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre has a First Nations longhouse, theatre, museum and art gallery, as well as a traditional istken building that visitors can go inside. Expect to spend about an hour or so at the Centre.
The Centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm in the slow season, and daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm in the summer. Adult admission is about $18. Students, seniors (65+) and people with disabilities are $13.50, and children ages 6-12 are $8. Also, for BC Residents, an annual pass is only about $8 more and it allows accompanying guests admission for half price.
In the summer, from May until September, the Centre hosts a First Nations BBQ on Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. The cost is about $65 per adult and $25 for children ages 6 to 12. The dinner includes things like fresh baked bannock, West Coast salmon, buffalo smokies and other tasty menu items. It’s good food and a cultural experience!
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
TIP #1: Definitely join one of the guided tours which run throughout the day. The interpretive tour with a First Nation staff person adds considerably to the experience.
NOTE: Sometimes the longhouse or other areas are not available for viewing, due to private functions. Ask in advance if you don’t want to miss anything.
Check out the official Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre website for more information about the Whistler facility.
For other places to learn about Indigenous culture, click Lower Mainland First Nations.