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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
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

It was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the...

It was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the 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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Fascinating,mooing by train into the mountain and learning what a tough life mining is not just wa but still to this day. Very informative. The mill three is an incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Suki G
Ancaster, Canada
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Ancaster, Canada
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating,mooing by train into the mountain and learning what a tough life mining is not just wa but still to this day. Very informative. The mill three is an incredible building as are all of the other buildings of the museum

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was an interesting experience, we loved learning the history of the mine and was amazed with all the information. We spent some time panning for gold and got a few flakes, the children there that day were having a good time. Will recommend to all ages.

Thank Isabella1x
Campbell River, British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have now visited Britannia Mine twice and have enjoyed and learned a great deal each time. What a fabulous piece of history that is being preserved and open to the public to enjoy. We found the admission to be a bit pricey, but we would still go back in the future. The "underground" tour of the mine (which is... More 

Thank RobertsFam2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restoration of the Britannia mine and mill was very well done. The underground tour is great fun and the tour guide was very informative. Having worked in the mining industry myself it was a great way to explain to my wife what I used to do for a living.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unlike most museums, this place is authentically real. This was the actual Britannia Mine. Its story is an important element in Canada's history on the west coast. Featured is the underground train guided tour of what it was like to be a hard rock miner tuning under the mountains in search of copper. There are a lot of people stories... More 

Maple Ridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took our 12 yr old and some of his hockey buddies as we had a long break in between games in the area. A tad pricey for what you get but I understand the museum is funded by what you pay. Our tour guide was great- very impressed with her. (Brittany?) We had a full train with rambunctious 11-13yr olds... More 

Thank Hazelis33
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This was a good look at past resource economy practice. Our guide was very good about raising concerns and modern day thinking with respect to environmental concerns and labour practices, etc.

Thank Jayatche
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I toured the Museum in 2005 and now again in 2015, amazing renovations, the introductory movie is brilliant, the train tour is longer and more interesting, the buildings are being utilized, the mill is amazing. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Be sure to visit the machine shop and other buildings as part of your self-guided tour. They have... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The non-profit Britannia Mine Museum tells a crucial story in the development of BC. The mine was once the largest source of copper for the British Empire. The thirst for raw metals left the surrounding water and earth polluted. It left some of its miners maimed for life, while their friends were killed. The mine shut down in the 1970's.... More 

Thank Ernest K
London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This mine holds a special interest for us as my wife's Great Grandfather worked there and was killed in the mine in 1927. The guide did an excellent job of helping us understand what working conditions were like in the mine and what life was like for the miners and their families. The tour is informative and the short train... More 

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