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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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Well done and worth the beautiful drive.

This copper mining site has been sitting derelict for many years since closing down in 1974. Nestled up in the beautiful mountains before the town of Squamish, on your drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This copper mining site has been sitting derelict for many years since closing down in 1974. Nestled up in the beautiful mountains before the town of Squamish, on your drive Whistler, it has been developed into an lovely museum taking into consideration the magnificent geography and history of an operating copper mine from 1909 to 1974. Ride the old mine... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

this is an excellent place to visit. very educational, learned a lot about mining. great tour guide, Nathan - he had a lot of knowledge. very nice museum with lots of displays and interactive activities.

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A must see historical attraction right off highway 99. Tour through the mine and see what working conditions were like for miners. After an educational adventure you can actually pan for gold.

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My hubby & myself have driven by the Brittania Mine Museum on the way to Whistler several times with the hopes of one day, stopping in to take the tour. We finally had some time and decided that we would take the tour and were pleasantly surprised. The mine tour started with several exhibits in many restored buildings to view... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We had wanted to stop here for quite some time. So glad we finally did. The tour was very informative and fun, and you really get a sense of what it was like being a miner in the early days. Our guide Stephanie was excellent, knowledgeable and a good sense of humour. The movie in the main building was very... More 

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Tampa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The train ride was about 4 minutes and the tour just average. The tickets were too expensive for the content provided. You have to walk up about 75 steps to start the tour.

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The mining museum is really interesting for families. The updates are awesome compared to the old museum. Definitely watch the film just after you go in. The tour in the mine is also unique. Keep in mind the train portion is very short so don't go just for the train ride. My 6 year old boy was disappointed in how... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was a great place to visit. The admission price is average, and there is quite a bit to see. We started our visit by taking the train tour of the mine. I would say that took about 45 minutes. You need to climb several stairs to reach the mine entrance where you put on a hard hat and wait... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I found the mine interesting and informative. We arrived about an hour before our boarding time. We grabbed a sandwich and drink at the little cafe and then explored the site. There is no shortage of exhibits to look at and they have done a very good job demonstrating how mining impacts almost every aspect of our lives! The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Being a miner from Western Australia it was good to see how they did things 100 plus years ago and how similar the process of the rock is I would definitely Rate it highly

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