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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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This mine is spectacular!

Ok, I've driven past this place lots. Never stopped in. Until the Family Day long weekend. Boy, was I missing an amazing BC landmark. On this day, it was half price... making it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Abbotsford, Canada
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Abbotsford, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok, I've driven past this place lots. Never stopped in. Until the Family Day long weekend. Boy, was I missing an amazing BC landmark. On this day, it was half price... making it an even better experience. Lots to read and some stairs to climb. I recommend taking the tour inside the building. It's a little mine-train trip in the... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We started our visit with a train ride down into the old mine. Our guide was very informative and gave us some fun demonstrations of the equipment within the mine. Outside, we panned for gold in the troughs and the grand kids were happy to find some small nuggets, along with other coloured stones. (The staff make sure there's plenty... More 

Thank Salty2010
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 

Thank Vancouveritas
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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