The Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation have coexisted respectfully as neighbors in the Sea to Sky corridor since time immemorial. They have thrived on the bounty of the ocean, rivers, and land — living in close relationship with the world around us. These two distinct cultures are grounded in rich and ancient traditions, which continue to grow and evolve.
Join a Cultural Ambassador on a guided tour, share in their stories, and experience an overview of the traditional way of life of both Nations at the Squmaish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. On the tour you’ll experience a welcome song, enjoy an inspiring film, and create your own cedar rope craft to take home as a keepsake.
If all this culture makes you hungry, the Thunderbird Cafe offers a menu with a modern First Nations twist, and if your handmade craft skills weren’t quite what you hoped, they also have a fantastic gallery and gift shop.
One of the most stunning features inside the longhouse inspired building is the 40-foot Salish hunting canoe, honed by master carvers from a single cedar tree. If you’re visiting in the summer months check their website for information on their seasonal forest walk tours and outdoor Tuesday summer barbeque nights.
Try the traditional Bannock Bread at the Thunderbird Cafe, and if you’re looking for a unique gift to take home make sure to stop by their shop that specializes in authentic, handcrafted Northwest Coast First Nations merchandise.
For all upcoming arts and culture, events check out our What’s On page, below is what’s happening at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre…