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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 2013
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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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152 reviews 152 reviews
57 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I had never been in or visited a mine before so I decided to give this a shot. Sure glad I made the trek up, this was fantastic! This mine played a huge role in Canadian history but also produced almost 20% of the worlds copper at one point! It was fascinating to hear about its history and take a... More

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Boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We went to see the Britannia this January 2014. Our guide was great and she told us the history of the mine along with demonstrating all the machinery in the mine. We got to go into the huge building where they harvest the copper/ zinc from stone that is mined there. This place is truly mind blowing!! It is worth... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This museum is an attraction for all ages. Initially I was worried the museum was just for kids but I was relieved to find so many adult exhibits. Our favorite event was the train ride into the mine. Once inside the mine our tour guide demonstrated the use of different drilling equipment. It was both fun and informative. It's certainly... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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91 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

On the road from Vancouver to Whistler you go past Britannia Beach you see the huge building going up the hill which was once an eyesore with all of its windows smashed. This is the site of one of Canada's largest copper and zinc mines. Now an attraction that has all sorts of interesting displays. Of the isolation that once... More

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Shetland
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Always a little trepidatious when it comes to going down a hole in the ground! We need not have worried, the experience was brilliant. The complex of buildings were interesting to explore with sufficient information boards around to allow you to seek out the information you were interested in. The narrow gauge train to take you into the copper sulphate... More

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Victoria, Canada
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69 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

You take a (very) short ride on a railcar into one of the mining shafts. Displays of air-operated drilling (actual demonstration!). Great guide, who was very informative! Very interesting. You need about 1.5-2 hours, to enjoy it.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Britannia Mine people have done an amazing job remediating this mine site and converting it into a solid educational tool. I loved the little train tour through the tunnels in the mountain guided by a former employee of the mine. HIs demonstrations of the machines used, their loudness, his explanation of mining through the decades and demonstration of a miner's... More

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Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The museum is great, it has a a real feel to it, you expect a miner to turn a corner at every turn. The machinery, the rocks, the kine cart ride, all contribute for the atmosphere of being there when the mining was happening. For X-files fans like myself a real treat seeing this place, a lot of episodes of... More

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ACT, Australia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was driving past on the way from Whistler to Vancouver so decided to take an unplanned stop at the Britannia Mine Museum. It was a bit of a wet day so there wasn't a lot of people around - to me that made it better! I took a look around on the self guided walk and then met for... More

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Surrey, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This has been on our "bucket list" for quite sometime and stopped on a recent trip to Whistler. We were fortunate to have Marshall as our guide. He had worked at the mine from 1965 until it closed in 1974. He made the whole experience very interesting and educational. We think anyone that has grown up in BC should take... More

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

Hello GolfingGrannie! That was a wonderful review. Thank you for sharing your comments! Marshall is a great guide. I will be sure to share your experience with him. Best wishes, Britannia Mine Museum More

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