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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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Coquitlam, Bc
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Stopped on our way up to Whistler. The whole place has been redone on the outside and is a far cry from how it looked in various movies and tv shows. Would have liked a longer train ride in the mine. But all the pictures and artifacts were amazing to look at. And having driven by the location for years... More

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Perth, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Great insight into Canada's industrial history as well as mining in General.We had a lovely guide Marshal who actually worked in the mine.If you are making the trip to whistler make a stop here ,well worth the $25 to get in

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The highlight has to be the trip on the train into the mine, seeing the drills and other equipment being demonstrated, and finally looking around inside the mill building on the side of the hill. If the mill looks like something out of a movie, your not far off - its the type of place you might expect to find... More

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Toronto, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is an attraction which is suitable for all ages. The tour is well organised, informative, and interesting. The conditions under which many of the miners worked is quite eye opening. It is located in the midst of a very scenic drive .

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Portland, Oregon
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114 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The entire family, from adults to teenagers to the 6-year-old really loved this museum. We arrived just in time for a tour so they told us to go straight to the mine train. It was a good way to start out, since we learned a lot about the original mine. The mine hasn't been in operation since the 70s but... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stopped in to break the drive from whistler to Vancouver up as both our boys love minecraft and wanted to go in a mine! We were not disappointed! It was great value! Lots to engage children, especially panning for real gold (which you get to keep) and the tour! Which included some great demonstrations!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stopped not really knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised, the kids loved panning for gold and the tour was great.

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vancouver
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23 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A great learning experience with hands-on activities, an underground railway to ride and fun to learn how the miners did their work underground. Some beautiful colours in the rocks on the walls but it can be damp and chilly underground. Lots to see in the outer buildings as well. Good gift shop.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

we've planned a day trip to britannia museum last friday, starting from an early wake up to catch the bus in greyhound it took us a bit of time to arrived than usual 1 hour travel due to early rush hour in downtown and in some towns that we've passed.The time we arrived its already noon and quit a lot... More

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Steinbach, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We had kids from 3 to 12 there and there was enough for even the young ones to have fun. Had to drag the kids away from the gold panning exhibit. I was fascinated to see how they mined and milled the rock. The walk around the site is not strenuous and there is a lot to see. The train... More

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