Whether an intimate meeting, dramatic incentive event, or once-in-a-lifetime wedding, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) offers event planners flexible, authentic, unique cultural options for an off-site memorable event in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Located in the Upper Village directly across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the SLCC showcases Native art, language, traditions, heritage, and the culture of two nations, the Squamish and Lil’wat Aboriginal people.
Take your attendees on a cultural journey when holding your event at SLCC, winner of the 2010 National Tourism Award for Cultural Tourism Excellence. Event planners can arrange a private tour of the SLCC, which features a museum, modern gallery, exhibits, gift shop, café and theatre. Reserve an evening event, and host up to 270-person gala dinner or 500-person reception by incorporating the unique catering partnership of the adjacent Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The highly flexible space 30,000 square feet of available function space at SLCC offers event planners an authentic cultural experience for up to 500 attendees.
For example, begin by welcoming your attendees to celebrate the cultures of two nations with a traditional ceremonial drumming by the Squamish and Lil’wat hosts. How about a traditional First Nations feast in the Great Hall for up to 300 guests for a reception or 160 for sit down dinner, catered by the Fairmont Chateau Whistler? Your attendees will dine amidst authentic indigenous art, including a series of 40 foot long, hand-carved cedar canoes.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler new catering partnership with SLCC is a success, according to Cinda Chung, Manager Corporate Services for Teekay Corporation, “The dinner at the SLCC was world class. All of the guests were so impressed by the Chef’s creation.”
Perhaps your group of 250 prefers a reception at the intimate octagon-shaped Istken Hall with its spectacular views of the forest through its glass siding? Take your event outside onto the 220 foot Mezzanine Deck, the largest in Whistler, to enjoy unobstructed views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Cozy up to the fire pit located in the middle deck and you’ll agree, SLCC is the perfect place to kick off or end your group event.
The combination of event space and culture at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and catering by the adjacent Fairmont Chateau Whistler produces a must-do off-site venue for corporate groups and retreats and weddings to Whistler.
Research by Diana Rowe.