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Britannia Mine Museum

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
From $23.23*
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
From $23.23*
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“train ride”(45 reviews)
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, British Columbia V0N 1J0, Canada
+1 604-896-2233
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an hour well spent. We stopped on a very cold day which limited our time spent out the outdoor displays. Good experience to view the inside of a mine and how copper is identified and removed. Good to see that they are environmentally...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 316dj75
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Went with my gf and brother. It was a rainy day so we popped up from Vancouver. You initially go on a little train and are taught about how to mine etc and what went on. Although good I thought it was a little on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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BritanniaMine, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to write a review! We appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed November 27, 2018

My fiance and I were travelling back home on the sunday and decided to stop by the museum to see a piece of Canadian history. The tour itself was super informative and fun for all ages. The tour guide was a blast(pun intended), and she...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JoshandAllie
BritanniaMine, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again in 2019 for our new Mill Show.

Reviewed November 25, 2018

We visited as part of Lawrence tours. You get taken inside the mine itself by a small rail car and get to experience the dark damp cramped conditions of this amazing mine which at one time was one of the largest in the world. There...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank gam8le
BritanniaMine, Owner at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Great to hear you had a good time! Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed October 22, 2018

Did this tour with Our Elders from Sumas First Nation. I had never been in a mine and found it to be fascinating. I am 65 and didn't find it to bad but some of the others found the hills and stairs tough.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank papaken
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Continuous I am in doubt about the valuation for this museum. It is somewhere between 2 and 4 stars. Why? It is an icon in the nations history. It is unique and very informative. But it is also the feast of the missed chances. Why...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tripZeist
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Hard to imagine a more conveniently located mine tour/museum to the masses. I was a little surprized by the high price of entry but 2 hours later I felt we received good value and it's inspiring to see how $ at the gate are actually...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 917murrayc
Reviewed October 9, 2018

This is a good stop on the way between Vancouver and Whistler. The tour is very interesting. We learned a lot about the history of the mine, mining in general and way the environmental issues are being corrected. The train into the mines was the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TedM1979
Reviewed October 1, 2018

This is a good place to stop off on the Whistler road. It is full of information about the copper mining trade from the earliest of times. There is a short tram ride in then a guided tour of the rest of the site. Tours...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Festie
BritanniaMine, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Reviewed September 24, 2018

britannia mine is a great place to spend the day! it's a great experience to learn about the gold rush too. my favourite part is gold panning because there's a good amout of tiny gems and gold and it's not to hard to find.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank limchinli
BritanniaMine, Manager at Britannia Mine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thanks for visiting! We hope to see you again.

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Cuong N
February 3, 2017|
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Response from Chch_NZ_couple | Reviewed this property |
Britannia Mine Museum (about a 45 min drive from downtown Vancouver) - suggested time to allow for a visit is 1 to 1.5 hours. Guided tour (inc underground visit) takes 45 mins (& they say to be there 20 mins before the... More
February 26, 2016|
Response from BritanniaMine | Property representative |
Hello! Yes, we have a couple options if you do not have a car. Landsea Tours & Adventures offers a Sea to Sky Tour that departs Vancouver daily and includes admission to the Britannia Mine Museum, the new Sea to Sky... More
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Sea to Sky sightseeing (5 Replies)
Hi, We will be travelling from vancouver to whistler early december. We have 2 kids (7 and 11) and would like to do some sight seeing along the highway. Appreciate comments if my itinerary is workable if we want to arrive at Whistler before 5pm so we can get out skis fitted out before skiing next morning Depart hotel in downtown Vancouver at 10am Short photo stop at Porteau Cove (how long should i spend here)? Visit Britannia Mine Museum (2 hours enough for ride into the mine and pan...More
August 23, 2015|
Response fromMuftiVancouver|
Hi babycap ~ In December, the highway north of Squamish by law requires winter tires on the car so you will need to arrange for that with your rental car company. There may be a daily charge for them, something like $10 a day. Contact the local Vancouver office. Your plan is pretty accurate. You should leave Squamish by 4h00 pm to go to Whistler unless you want to drive the last part in the dark. Sunset will be about 4h40 pm. Porteau Cove could take about 15-20 minutes. Britannia...More
Boston, Massachusetts
Need help organizing 2.5 days in Vancouver (3 Replies)
My family and I (3 seniors and 3 adults) will be visiting Vancouver in Aug and have 2.5 days before taking the morning train to Seattle. These are the activities we are interested in. We would appreciate your feedback on our schedule. Also I noticed 2 cruise ships are in port on our Day 2, Wed. Is it better to be in town doing the HoHo tour or out of town visiting the North Shore attractions? We option would have less crowd? Day 1 – Check in to Marriott around 1:00 PM Grab lunch at Canada...More
July 08, 2015|
Response fromGlobalTravelerBoston|
Thanks for your suggestions. Yes I only rented the car for one day to visit North Vancouver area. I will revise my plans. Day 2 - Sea to Sky highway Howe Sound Sea Safari Cruise in Howe Sound (10:30-1) Shannon Falls Sea to Sky Gondola Ride Visit Britannia Mine Museum Day 3 Capilano Suspension Bridge Stanley Park
Vicki M
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Itinerary for 1 week trip (3 Replies)
My husband and I are flying into Vancouver this Friday night. Our itinerary as of now is this: Drive to Friday night - Rent a car and drive to Whistler right from the airport (it will be late). Saturday - zip line in Whistler, hike and explore around Whistler Village and trails Sunday - drive to Joffre Lake Provincial Park and hike to all of the lakes Monday - do the Sea to Sky highway back to Vancouver stopping at Brandywine Falls, Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine Museum, Porteau Cove, Sea...More
October 08, 2017|
Response fromVicki M|
Thank you for your reply and suggestions. I will check out the Cleveland Dam and the trail you mentioned. Since we are renting a car to drive to Whistler, would you suggest that we keep it for our time in Vancouver or should we rely on public transportation there?