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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
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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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Leusden, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

When driving to Whistler we came along this museum and decided to stop for a visit. It was very interesting and we all (3 adults, 2 kids) liked it. We started with some "gold digging" which was real fun. Later we took a little train and got a tour from an ex-mine worker. His stories were great and he really... More

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Woodstock, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were treated to a short trip through the mine on an old mine car and shown the various tools that miners used. It was an eye opening experience to understand how mining was done years ago and still is today in some areas. This is a great piece of history that is worth preserving and sharing. Being able to... More

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Brampton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It was definitely what I'd call a " Tourist Trap" !! We felt that we didn't get our $$'s worth on the tour, we were rushed through as quickly as possible once we exited the train in the tunnel, the train didn't really go that deep underground. The tour guides are friendly to you when you're on the rushed tunnel... More

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

Hello Wanita, Thank you for posting your comments on our TripAdvisor page. We're sorry to hear you felt rushed during your visit to the museum. We strive to ensure each guest has a positive experience and are concerned you had concerns regarding the tour. I have brought up your concerns with the our Museum Director along with our Operations staff.... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went with our two young girls and the whole family had a great time. The train ride into the mine is very short but fun, and they demo some of the equipment inside the shaft. The last building on the tour, the main building, where they separate out the ore was huge and just made you gasp when you walked... More

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

Hello MisterGulliver! We're thrilled you had a lovely visit at the Britannia Mine Museum. Thank you for your comments. We thought it would be fun to share that yes... there is actually real GOLD in the Gold Panning Pavilion! So come another time and see how you fare at the trough. :-) More

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

While spending a day in Vancouver before boarding a cruise ship we drove up to the Brittania Mine Museum based on the excellent reviews on trip advisor. They have done a great job restoring the copper mine, and provide very informative tours on how mining was done, including a ride through into the mine on the mine train. While this... More

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Coquitlam, Bc
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
117 helpful votes 117 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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