Travel: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center (Whistler, BC)

We travel to Whistler, BC every winter for a multi-generational ski vacation. During our trips we try to get out and do something new every time we visit.One place we found a few years ago is the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center and we have visited a few times since, taking part in the wonderful children’s activities on offer or to tour the museum itself.

The interactive workshops offered cover a wealth of different things from small dream catchers and cedar rope bracelets up to traditional drums and weavings. Some workshops are included in the price of admission and others are an additional fee. We really loved sitting at the tables with our instructors while we made dream catchers and small drums. My son loved making special souvenirs he could take home and show his friends at school. We were able to ask questions and just enjoy this amazing space of people sharing time.

The museum is home to a wonderful collection of First Nations artifacts and history. From canoes to different methods of hunting and fishing each guest can really get a sense of the life once lived in these parts by the First Nations People. You learn about their treasures and culture and get to see their masks, baskets and blankets. They tell you about the teachings of their Elders and the stories of their history and you can hear their language. They remind us that long before this big ski resort and quaint village were here, a population of people called the valley home.

They have an amazing gift shop filled with beautiful items made both locally and by well known artists in BC and beyond. I picked up a new scarf and art work by Richard Shorty and Joseph M. Wilson. There is also a wonderful cafe with gorgeous and delectable food on offer. A smoked salmon chowder was the special of the day when we visited! Yum!

We highly recommend visiting the museum while you are in Whistler.

4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, 604-964-0990

Hours: 9:30a-5:30p every day

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