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Britannia Mine Museum

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Address: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, British Columbia V0N 1J0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-896-2233
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a...

What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a multi-award winning attraction. Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages. Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home frequent findings. A captivating 15-minute film re-creates the past and reveals how families turned their isolated surroundings into pleasant experiences. The Family Play Area keeps young ones entertained. A glittering gift shop offers unique stones and carvings. To get there, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. 1/2 way between Vancouver and Whistler.

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Interesting history

The Mine museum is very informative, filled with old pictures depicting life as a miner. There were several interesting displays as well as old equipment. However the hightlight... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Daphne C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Mine museum is very informative, filled with old pictures depicting life as a miner. There were several interesting displays as well as old equipment. However the hightlight is the tour through the mine. The young lady leading the tour was fantastic. She really made you feel how it would have been working in the mine. The tours are only... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I decided to drive up the sea to sky highway on a day off from a weeklong conference in Vancouver. I hadn't read about the Britannia Mine Museum in advance, but it definitely caught my eye enough to stop and check it out. Glad I did. It is obvious that they are trying to also cater to kids (smart move),... More 

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Derby, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Located just after the town on the Highway 99 into Vancouver. Good wet weather activity with lots for all to do. Tour is informative and takes you on a 2 minute train ride in to the mine. Very interesting place

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Our family had a fantastic time last Saturday at the Museum, interactive, educational and a lots fun. They have done such a great job. The train ride is fantastic. Really enjoyed the visit. The conditions of the miners at the time completely insane. The stigma and discrimination to the asian workers was totally not cool. But a fun experience all... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

A very well put together mine museum with excellent guide and worthwhile trip into the depths of the mine. Everything is there including the massive crushing mill which is like an industrial cathedral when you enter it. Limited catering on site but on the main road in front of the entrance is a small "shack with kitchen". Fantastic Puttine and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I've been to the mine museum multiple times and it keeps me coming back. Today I went with my 6 year old boy and 3 year old girl, and all three of us loved it. The tour of the old mine shaft was awesome and had my kids captivated the whole time. I would like to especially mention the tour... More 

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Orange County
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

My family and I dropped by here for a restroom break, and decided to stay and take a tour around the mines. It was surprisingly fun and educational. Our tour guide Rebeca was very knowledgeable and helpful. She was funny as well. I strongly recommend her for a tour guide. We took a small train ride into the mine, and... More 

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Taplow Buckinghamshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I have driven past Britannia mines many times and never visited. I think the modern looking eyesore of a building out me off some. My mistake! Inside its renovated interior is a mechanical revelation. The five storey modern exterior conceals an almost Dickensian nightmare if wood style and concrete which is the five storey processing plant for he thousands of... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Interesting tour including a trip underground with well informed guide who had several quirky, humourous stories to tell. Part of the Heritage site was closed for filming - but that meant we could 'Star-watch' instead. We visited as part of a full day package so time was a little bit limited (but still sufficient to see the majority).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We've been spending a week in the area and a friend suggested checking out the mine. It was a great suggestion. We arrived about 1045 and had plenty of time to look at all the information and fun activities before our 1130 tour. We have 3.5 year old twins and they had a great time. They planned for gold played... More 

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