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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
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What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a...

What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a multi-award winning attraction. 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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When we visited the museum it was a typical wet BC day. The museum was quiet with only a few other families and couples there but we were made to feel welcome by everyone. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Port Moody, Canada
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Port Moody, Canada
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we visited the museum it was a typical wet BC day. The museum was quiet with only a few other families and couples there but we were made to feel welcome by everyone. The tour of the mine itself is guided and Becky (our guide) was obviously proud of the facility and very knowledgeable. She explained the stuff in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I think I got my dream of exploring a coal mine from several Nintendo/Sega video games that for some reason took place in mines (Sonic, Donkey Kong, Mario, etc.) That dream was fulfilled at the Britannia Mine Museum! Maybe we weren't racing down the tracks and dodging bats, but the whole experience was still pretty cool, and I'd say worth... More 

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Thank Jeff G
Vancouver, Canada
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

About an hour up the highway from Vancouver is a massive 100+ year old copper mine, once the largest in the British Empire but now a unique tourist attraction well worth pulling off the highway for. The central attraction at the Britannia Mine Museum is the ancient 26-story gravity-driven milling tower that clings to the side of the mountain overlooking... More 

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Ancaster, Canada
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Fascinating,mooing by train into the mountain and learning what a tough life mining is not just wa but still to this day. Very informative. The mill three is an incredible building as are all of the other buildings of the museum

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Thank Suki G
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

it was an interesting experience, we loved learning the history of the mine and was amazed with all the information. We spent some time panning for gold and got a few flakes, the children there that day were having a good time. Will recommend to all ages.

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Campbell River, British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We have now visited Britannia Mine twice and have enjoyed and learned a great deal each time. What a fabulous piece of history that is being preserved and open to the public to enjoy. We found the admission to be a bit pricey, but we would still go back in the future. The "underground" tour of the mine (which is... More 

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Thank RobertsFam2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

The restoration of the Britannia mine and mill was very well done. The underground tour is great fun and the tour guide was very informative. Having worked in the mining industry myself it was a great way to explain to my wife what I used to do for a living.

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2 Thank Chris M
Vancouver, Canada
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Unlike most museums, this place is authentically real. This was the actual Britannia Mine. Its story is an important element in Canada's history on the west coast. Featured is the underground train guided tour of what it was like to be a hard rock miner tuning under the mountains in search of copper. There are a lot of people stories... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Took our 12 yr old and some of his hockey buddies as we had a long break in between games in the area. A tad pricey for what you get but I understand the museum is funded by what you pay. Our tour guide was great- very impressed with her. (Brittany?) We had a full train with rambunctious 11-13yr olds... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

This was a good look at past resource economy practice. Our guide was very good about raising concerns and modern day thinking with respect to environmental concerns and labour practices, etc.

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