Cultural Collaboration: The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC!
If you go to Whistler for a vacation, the main thing on your mind will be enjoying all of the exciting outdoor activities. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and mountain biking in the summer, there is no end of things to do no matter what time of year you visit.
You will also find some interesting cultural attractions to explore, one of which is the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Here is a guide to this fascinating center so you can plan your visit during your time in Whistler.
Overview of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre:
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is dedicated to showcasing the heritage, culture, and art of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations people. There is lots to see and do here for visitors and you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring. It is located at 4584 Blackcomb Way, making it easy to visit when you stay in Whistler vacation homes. It is open every day apart from Monday in the winter from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The center itself is housed in a beautiful building that is designed to look like a Squamish longhouse and an ‘istken,’ which is a traditional type of dwelling.
What to Do at the Center:
When you visit the center you will find a museum, gallery, activities relating to crafts, a café, theater, gift shop, and more. You can go on guided walks, a tour of the museum, see the fascinating exhibits, see a performance singing and drumming, enjoy the craft workshops, and even try some indigenous cuisine. It takes about an hour and a half to see it all, but you could easily stay for longer—especially if you want to make a stop in Thunderbird Café to enjoy meals inspired by indigenous recipes.
Make sure you speak to the guides and hear their fascinating stories as they tell you about legends, art, songs, and more from their cultures.
The shop is also a must, and here you could buy some art work to take home with you, as well as jewelry, ceremonial masks, hand carvings, cedar baskets, prints, moccasins, and more.
Special events are also held from time to time, so check the website to find out about these during your visit.
Other Cultural Centers to Visit in BC:
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is just one of the many cultural centers in British Columbia. It is the easiest to visit if you stay in Whistler, but there are many others you could check out if you want to travel a bit further. These include:
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, where you can find out about the Okanagan First Nations people.
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre Society, focused on the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, where you can discover more about the Cowichan people;
Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Interpretive Village, where you can discover the culture of the Nlaka’pamux people.
Discover the Fascinating Culture of Canada:
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is one of the cultural highlights of Whistler, so make sure you visit it if you can during your stay. If you get the opportunity, try to visit some of the other cultural centers in British Columbia because they all have a fascinating story to tell and will provide you with greater insight into the First Nations people.
Patrick Bonham works as a manager at a ski resort. He loves writing about winter sports and vacations. Look for his posts on many travel and vacation blogs.
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