Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V8E 0Y3, Canada

The 34,400-square-foot Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre engages visitors on many levels. Socially, it is the first joint cultural project between two separate native nations in North America. The center is also a stunning architectural addition to the community. The design of the concrete, cedar, and fir structure melds the longhouse of the coastal Squamish people with the traditional Lil’wat pit house. Permanent displays of carvings, dugouts, and implements used by the coastal fishermen and hunters are supplemented by temporary exhibitions, including a presentation about Canada’s infamous residential schools. The SLCC also anchors one of Whistler’s most exciting new projects, the Cultural Connector—a path that links six local arts institutions—which is another indication of Whistler’s rising status as a fine arts destination.

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Preserving Native Traditions

The Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a tremendous introduction to the world of native Canadian art, as well as the culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nation. The SLCC is an effort to preserve and present the traditions and artifacts, and was born out of a historic protocol signed in 2001. The gallery showcases art from Squamish Lil’wat, and other Canadian artists, like master carver Charles Joseph, otherwise known as Boone.

Experience First Nations Culture on the Ski Hill

Visitors from around the world and across Canada can get a taste of Canada’s First Nations culture at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. The centre provides an excellent overview the history and culture of local First Nations people, with an interpretive program that has been designed and is delivered by the local community. Many of the activities are interactive, making this an excellent and educational place to bring kids and a great way to spend the day. If you want to understand more about Canada’s culture and history this is a not to be missed attraction.

Enjoy a First Nations Feast

Get an authentic taste of First Nations culture and cooking at the weekly Tuesday night summer barbecues at the Squamish Lil’ Wat center. From May 14 through September 24 the center hosts a delicious feast in their garden. Work up an appetite on a tour and then enjoy fresh-made bannock bread, cedar plank west coast salmon, buffalo smokies, and much more.

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