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Britannia Mine Museum

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Address: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, British Columbia V0N 1J0, Canada
Phone Number: 1-604-896-2233
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a...

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 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.

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Never have been in a mine - great tour!

My husband has been in several mines in Ontario, but I have never been. I was a little nervous about going inside the tunnel, but so happy I did. You get a short "train" ride in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Abbotsford, Canada
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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband has been in several mines in Ontario, but I have never been. I was a little nervous about going inside the tunnel, but so happy I did. You get a short "train" ride in then walk around parts of a tunnel as the guide explains different things about this particular mine. It operated for 70 years and produced... More 

Thank 1946HappyCamper
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

not suitable for young children good and informative information about mining and impact it can have on the environment

Thank MarleneJeanne
Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our 3 boys (7,11,15)here while visiting the Squamish area. They all have very different likes and dislikes so we were unsure of how well they would like it. Thankfully everyone of them loved it! Our oldest spent most of his time gold panning in the area they have set up and actually found a couple of little gold... More 

Thank BeautyForAshes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the visit! Riding a train then checking out the conditions when this was a working mine. The guide was very entertaining and educational. Even got to pan for gold before heading out!

Thank Jenn S
Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We actually spent 2 afternoons here at the mine. The first day we went and took the tour of the mine shaft and caught most of the exhibits but the mill #3 was closed because they were filming a movie or television show there that day. The customer service desk issued us re-entry tickets for another day so we could... More 

Thank Brian M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in here with our 7 year old son and 3 year of daughter. Everyone really enjoyed all the equipment and exhibits there was to look at. The mine tour was also fun, the kids enjoyed the train ride into the mine. Regardless of how warm it is outside make sure you wear a jacket and... More 

Thank Ron K
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was extremely fascinating! We travelled with my 88 year old mum, and our 7 year old grandson. My mum uses a walker but she really enjoyed what she could see. Unfortuneately there are about 50 steps leading up to the mine tunnel itself so she was unable to take the tour of the actual mine. She still had... More 

Thank Bejazzes
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I kinda like mine tours, i have done one in Wales and one in Birmingham and they were good. This one was was terrible, the tour is about 15 minutes long and you dont even go into a mine, the tour guard was not that informative and was clearly just reading a script. We saw a drill and digging machine... More 

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

Hello Tomzonator, Am very sorry to hear you did not have a positive experience at the Museum. There was some filming taking place on the Sat and Sun (Aug 6 and 7) which I think may have accounted for a slightly shorter tour and some limitations. Our tours are 45 mins long with 1/2 of this time spent in the... More 

Williams Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have driven by so many times that it was great to be able to finally stop in and go for the tour. The tour takes you into the old under ground mine and you get to see how the cooper was mined and produced. So interesting...worth the trip.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must admit to not being super excited about visiting the mines. We went with friends as an educational opportunity for all our kids. It turned out to be rather interesting. The tour through the mine tunnel is informative but it is the processing building that made the biggest impression - it's huge! The kids loved panning for gems and... More 

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