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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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Saw it on the way back from a couple of great days skiing at Whistler, recommended by a friend. Very interesting museum rather similar to the hard rock mine near the Big Nickle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It's an interesting place to visit. . .but they charge too much for too little. There aren't enough things to see or do. The guided tour itself is very short. Also I expected more interactive exhibits based on other reviews, but that was not the case. . .most of the best displays were behind glass--away from curious little hands that... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Saw it on the way back from a couple of great days skiing at Whistler, recommended by a friend. Very interesting museum rather similar to the hard rock mine near the Big Nickle in Sudbury but with extra interest provided by a short train ride along a service shaft and live demonstrations of working drills and working conditions almost 100... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Excellently put together attraction with a good mix of interesting facts for the oldies and interactive options for the kids. The guided tour starts on the little mining train and includes live demonstrations of rock drilling, muck extraction, and various other underground activities. The short movie history of the mine is very well done and the various exhibitions in the... More 

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calgary, alberta, canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 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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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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