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Britannia Mine Museum

1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, British Columbia V0N 1J0, Canada
1-604-896-2233
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As featured in Vancouver for young kids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A brilliant museum, with some very interesting exhibits and a fantastic tour into one of the mines and around the on site mill. Plenty of artefacts around the site really give you a sense of what it would have been like living and working in this community, along with some insightful comments from the miners and their families. The tour... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very informative, lots of interesting artifacts and hands on exploration and learning. Part of the tour is guided and part self guided so you can spend as much time as you feel you need. You also get to pan for gold, which is fun for children. There is quite an uphill walk to get to the train cars, not sure... More

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Seattle, Washington
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22 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My 2 daughters ages 11 and 8 loved this tour. The train ride, the mine tour, panning for gold. It was amazing. Even my wife, who is a spoiled pampered diva panned for gold for a full hour. This tour will exceed your expectations! Plan about 2 hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We left early morning to catch the ferry back to the mainland to travel by car to Whistler. and enjoyed a breakfast on board. There was plenty to see on the way to Whistler: the scenery was beautiful and it was a relaxing drive. We stopped at Britannia Mine, for several hours; the kids enjoyed their visit underground and the... More

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Denver,Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The staff was great. We explored the gift shop as there was so much to see. We loved the big dump truck and the tour was very interesting. The staff was very helpful and friendly.

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

Thanks for your feedback. That's awesome! More

Surrey, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Could be that my expectations were just too high for this place, but I felt a little let down after visiting. The train ride was way too short, and the part that I was most looking forward to, the mill building, was very quick and only seen from ground level. I expected to see the inner workings of the mill... More

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

Hello Dan, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It helps us monitor how we are doing. We often hear from guests who would like more Mill access. This historic building is amazing and begs to be explored further. We are currently exploring some options to share more of it with the public. It does require a... More

Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A visit to the Britannia Mine Museum is a must do . Its interesting for young and old(er). the guides know how to explain in a relaxed and educational way . Make sure to try out the goldpanning fun for all

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Surrey, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A great experience and a wonderful way of seeing the past, with the help from tour guide Marshall, who actually worked in the mine. Informative displays and family friendy fun...

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a nice tour where the guide actually operates some of the mining equipment which was a nice surprise. Although a bit pricey, very educational and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We took our 4 year old son here and it was a big hit. The tour guides were knowledgeable and personable, and the short trip on the mining train was really an experience for our son. My son is still talking about it weeks later. Definitely recommend!

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