Following the recent announcement from provincial health authorities strongly recommending against non-essential travel at this time, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will be closed until Thursday, November 26. Our staff and the communities continue to be healthy, this is a decision made in support of mitigating non-essential travel by remaining closed for this week. We will continue to host private tours, such as school groups. We look forward to welcoming you when it is once again safest to do so. For more information on what you need to know before visiting Whistler, please visit whistler.com/covid.
We’re all in this together – just slightly further apart
Keeping us all healthy & safe is priority. The SLCC recognizes we all feel differently about the new norm. To make sure everyone feels safe when visiting our centre, we’re here to tell you what our health & safety precautions entail, so you know what to expect when you visit.
Masks are mandatory for staff and guests of all ages who visit the SLCC. Children still in strollers do not have to wear masks.
Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
At 30,000 square feet, the SLCC is an indoor attraction that accommodates physical distancing with ease. Inside the building, guests will discover towering cedar Welcome Figures, striking art installations and artifacts, a spacious gift shop experience, and goods from the Thunderbird Café that can be enjoyed in the Istken Hall, now set up for diners to take in the mountain views. Outside the SLCC, guests can explore the Salish Stroll, a crushed gravel path meandering our five acres of forest.
We recognize that there are many levels of comfort as our communities reopen. Museum visitor numbers will be limited.
Our desks at Admissions, Gift Shop and Café are now protected by dividers to follow physical distancing guidelines. Please follow the posted information when you visit and respect the physical distancing measures in place.
Please look for signs and direction on new visitor pathways through the museum. These new pathways will allow for physical distancing and flow through the galleries. Please follow the directions of staff and respect the spaces of other visitors in the venue.
Signs will be placed throughout the venue to remind visitors to physically distance.
Markers will be placed on the ground to show 2-metre (6 feet) spacing at each queue.
Signs indicating the physical distancing capacity of galleries, the theatre, Gift Shop and Café will be clearly marked.
The Gift Shop and Thunderbird Café are following all safety measures and precautions outlined and regulated by WorkSafeBC.
SLCC washrooms and high-touch points will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day.
Canoe paddles, drums and paddle raddles have been removed from our immersive exhibit experience for the time being. All remaining high-touch exhibits, such as the touch screen on plants found in our shared territory, are sanitized every hour.
For guests looking for a self-guided immersive experience, we do have a family-friendly scavenger hunt for guests to do at their own pace.
Wearing masks is mandatory inside the SLCC.
Indigenous communities are more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. Our oral histories tell of villages that were completely wiped out by pandemics. At the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, 95% of our staff are Indigenous, sharing homes with Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation Elders and Knowledge Keepers. An outbreak in either of our communities would risk a significant loss of cultural knowledge and traditional teachings.
By wearing a mask, you are an ally to our local communities and the preservation of our cultures.
Open for visitors and gift shop customers.
If you are not able to maintain a 2-metre distance from others when exiting your vehicle, wait inside your vehicle until it is clear to get out.
Register your car at the Admissions Desk.
For information on how Whistler as a resort is responding to COVID-19, please visit