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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 mine museum

We made a trip to the Britannia mine on a rainy day. It is a mine works that operated from the early 1900s to 1974. There is a tour of a service tunnel behind the mill where you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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calgary, alberta, canada
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calgary, alberta, canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We made a trip to the Britannia mine on a rainy day. It is a mine works that operated from the early 1900s to 1974. There is a tour of a service tunnel behind the mill where you ride a train and see some drills operated demonstrating mining at the turn of the century. There are lots of equipment exhibits... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The mine tour is very interesting and informative for adults with the tour guide going over all the history of the mine. Britannia was once the largest producer of copper in the British Empire. The mine operated from 1904 to 1974. The kids get a kick out of the train ride into the mine with the tool demonstrations. We now... More 

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Brockville
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30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you have travelled to Whistler over the years you know that this site was an eyesore. That has changed. The site has been cleaned up and displays the history of the mine well. This is a great site to see if you are taking a day off from skiing. At one time the most productive copper mine in the... More 

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Bremerton, WA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The museum exceeded my expectations. There was so much to see and do from the history to hands on gold panning. I was especially impressed by the fact that during the actual tour of the mine the tour guide powers on and operates equipment to demonstrate how the equipment works and what it would have been like to work in... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The copper mine tour is will worth the money, my 6 year old nephew just loved it. its will organized, informative, lots to see and do. the highlight for us was the train ride through the mountain, even though very short, the tour inside explaining how the minors worked and the equipment they used right down to their toilet was... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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57 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We decided to visit the Mine Museum one day to take a break from skiing in Whistler. We were very impressed. The gift shop, museum, exhibits, and tour were all top notch. There are interactive exhibits, panning for gold, a sandbox for little ones with lots of toy trucks, and a very interesting informational video. The tour was great. We... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Museum is an awesome place to tour. Going underground for that portion of the tour was a blast, including a small train ride. The Mill building is impressive , as are other artifacts and buildings around the site filled with displays. Not all that far from Vancouver, with a nice view of Howe Sound in parts. Food selection was... More 

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Maple Ridge District Municipality, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Was way better than I expected. Get to go on a cool little ride inside the mine shaft in a rail car. You learn quite a bit about the history of the mine and see the conditions the workers had to endure at different points in time. Also, you can pan for gold, which the kids love!

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Hong Kong Region, China
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was appropriately the best museum ever that I visited in my life of adventure.Exploring ancient mine shafts and dwarfing through the history of mining was a enjoyable experience for a history buff like me! This was our one and only time there and I admit that this is Definitely a really cool mine museum!They mined a lot of copper,gold,silver,zinc... More 

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Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Always wanted to stop here. We had a great time. Interactive exhibits were fun and interestigg. Mine tour was good even got to pan for gold. Definitely worth stopping in

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