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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
Description: 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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Great museum

I've been to the mine museum a couple times now and it's certainly one of my favourites in BC. The staff is very knowledgeable and there's lots of great stuff to see and do.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I've been to the mine museum a couple times now and it's certainly one of my favourites in BC. The staff is very knowledgeable and there's lots of great stuff to see and do.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The attraction is very visible from the road and beckons you to visit. Free parking is available at the entrance. The combined ticket office and shop is your first point of contact and the very friendly staff gave a good first impression. Our tour booked we wandered off around the grounds. There is a small museum with a 15 minute... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

North on highway 99 toward Whistler ,approx 40 to 45 mins from Vancouver ,it is a great place for every body ,young or old ,very educationally , ,must sees underground train tour ,,the gold panning ,,the heritage building ,, and the guides are very helpful and knowledgeable ,this historic site is must seen !

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

First time at the museum and had an absolute blast! The film about Britannia Mine was very informational and interesting - I highly recommend watching the 15 minute movie before any of the activities. The train ride was fun, a little short - but the underground tour was quite interesting. Bring a sweater, it was a bit chilly in the... More 

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Aldergrove, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great attraction with lots of information ... and the tour guide really loves her job! We went on a Thursday, fairly busy with a tour that had 34 people on the little train. Our guide was friendly, enthusiastic and most of all, knowledgeable. She took us Into a mine shaft and through the mine building keeping it interesting, informative and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I forgot her name but she was a middle aged woman that was quite possible the most energetic and funny tour guide I have ever had. She led the mine exhibit enthusiastically and was very knowledgeable. We learned a great deal about what this Mine was all about and will never forget the experience

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Vancouver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Depressing and I hated going underground through the mine shaft. Not for me. They didn't talk about all the pollution that company left behind poisoning the fish and land for the local tax dollar to pay for. Also knowing the horrific lifestyle and deaths of the workers makes it a sad place to be. Some people would be interested though.... More 

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Lucy_was_here, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this review

Hello Paul, Thank you for taking the time to create a review. We are concerned you did not enjoy the tour. We'd like to find out a bit more about your visit, i.e. the day that you visited? Approximate time of tour? Britannia Mine Museum is committed to education around minerals and mining exploration -- we are a non-profit organization... More 

Field, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Very cool to check out, learned a little bit about the History of the area around the mine and Squamish. Wish it was a bit bigger and had more exhibits, otherwise would have given 5 stars.

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is one of those experiences where you aren't sure if it's worth the stop. ONE OF THE BEST TOURS I have been on. I could really FEEL what it would have been like to work in the mine, and what it would have been like to live in the community. VERY interactive, for all ages and well worth the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Interesting history at the site of a decommissioned copper mine. Best part is the 45 min tour that takes you through tunnels and explains the process. Otherwise, the rest of the exhibit is mainly standard displays.

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Lucy_was_here, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this review

Hello Reviewer, Thank you for making the Museum a visit during your travels. We're very concerned you didn't feel there was value for your visit. Can you let us know what day you visited? Did you visit some of the other pavilions and areas (gold panning, Mill, A-Z exhibits)? If you have a minute, we'd love to hear more about... More 

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