Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre#8 in Best Things To Do in Whistler
This cultural center pays tribute to the region's two First Nations native tribes, the Squamish and Lil'wat nations. Through artwork and interactive exhibits, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is meant to represent the melting pot of the two tribal cultures. Upon entering, visitors are greeted with a song, escorted around the site on a free guided tour and invited to watch a film highlighting the First Nations history and their territory surrounding the cultural center. You'll even be encouraged to immerse yourself in the culture by making traditional crafts. What's more, on-site ambassadors, who are part of the Squamish or Lil'wat nations, will regale you with captivating stories about the legends, ceremonies and songs of their people.
Most past visitors had positive things to say about this unique Whistler offering, noting the knowledgeable guides and enlightening displays. Many also raved about the on-site coffee shop and said visiting the gift shop is a must.
You'll find the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre within walking distance of Whistler Village's shops and restaurants, as well as the Audain Art Museum and Whistler Blackcomb. A free parking lot is also available just west of the property, and the No. 5 bus stops nearby. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter and daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from mid-April to mid-October. Admission costs 5 Canadian dollars for children 6 to 18 years old and CA$18 for adults. Family passes, which cover admission for two adults and two children, cost CA$42. Tickets for special activities like indigenous tea tastings and dinners cost extra. For more information, visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre website.
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In Whistler, this is the main event. Hordes of skiers and snowboarders flock to Whistler Blackcomb every year and for good reason – its slopes stretch across more than 8,100 acres of 200-plus trails, offer terrain to accommodate all skill levels and see an annual average snowfall of around 40 feet. Stunt-lovers can practice tricks on the ramps and half pipes in any of the five terrain parks, while less-experienced skiers can glide down one of the 7-mile-long trails that wind across the mountains, which are not as steep as the mountains' more challenging runs.
But this resort isn't only for skiers and boarders. Other wintertime activities visitors can check out include snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and zip lining. Meanwhile, summer visitors can go biking and hiking or try whitewater rafting or canoeing on the surrounding rapids, lakes and rivers. And be sure to wind down and relax after a day full of activity with an après-ski drink. You'll find plenty of drink and food specials at the bars and restaurants around town.
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