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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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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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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

IMO this is the best museum in BC, lots of neat things to see and touch. Some tv shows and movies were filmed here and you even get to mine for gold flakes! Absolutely love it and would go back for sure!!!

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Langley, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a great museum and really gives you a good idea of the booming industry this once was, and the life the workers had. We have driven by here so many times on our way to and from Whistler. We only stopped here on this trip because we had an out of country visitor with us who is a... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
82 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What a great place this is. Plenty to see and do. There is a short film near the entrance to give you an idea of what went on in the past. Highlight of the visit is the guided tour inside the mine itself starting with a short railway journey. Demonstrations inside the tunnels were very good. Lots of external buildings... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Coming from New Zealand this slice of history was really interesting. We spent over 2 hours at this attraction and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Tour by mine train thorough a small section of the mine tunnel was excellent, informative and enjoyable. We could of spent much longer exploreing but we were short of time. It did at first seem... More

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Leusden, The Netherlands
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21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 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
58 helpful votes 58 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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6 attraction reviews
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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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