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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
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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
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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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Interesting History of Britannia Community and Mine

Britannia Mine Museum was a wonderful surprise. It is extremely well done, interesting and informative. The visit starts with a 7 minute video on the history of the mine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chance007
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Kamloops, Canada
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Kamloops, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Britannia Mine Museum was a wonderful surprise. It is extremely well done, interesting and informative. The visit starts with a 7 minute video on the history of the mine, followed by a guided interpretive train trip into the mine with well-informed guide. There are a number of out buildings that have been converted to house different aspects of the community,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My grandson absolutely loved this place. Our tour guide was lively, bonded with each child, and put on a high energy tour! It was awesome. We also got hands on lots of machines, rocks, and stuff! AND, when something we bought in the gift shop turned out to be defective (not the mine store's fault) they replaced it immediately, without... More 

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Thank marclandryot
St. Catharines, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a perfect rainy day activity. We were early, took the first tour, with only four others. The guide was excellent. Then spent the rest of the time watching the video, seeing the many exhibits and artifacts. There are many interactive activities for kids.

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

Thank you John! We're thrilled you enjoyed yourselves at the Museum. More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to stop at this place when I saw the Whistle was very misty on webcam and this place surprised me! 45 min guided tour included the mine training, mining tools, and the spectacular mill 3 building. If you like photography, there are plenty antiques and machines you can shoot.

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Thank mleon719
Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Started our visit with the underground tour, which was excellent. Our guide was full of information and able to answer any questions and you could really imagine what life must have been like for the miners at Britannia Beach. Interesting to see the conditions and the development of mining tools, and recoil at the horror of the "Widow maker". Plenty... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guided tour into the tunnel was really cool. It makes you feel like you have travelled into the old days. Check the tour schedule ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have done a lot of mine tours and this museum is the most comprehensive. It's fairly expensive but you get a lot for your money. Gold panning included. This entertained my boys (ages 10 and 8) for a long time. The tour is informative. I liked how they turned on mining tools so you could hear the sounds as... More 

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Thank hindugoddess
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This was one of the best tours I've ever been on. Our guide, Lara, was very knowledgeable about the mine's history and explained everything in an entertaining way - not that the lives of the miners were "entertaining". Mill Number Three was amazing. You see the building from the outside and are completely overwhelmed when you go into it and... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This was a perfect rainy day attraction. The tour itself last about 45 minutes to an hour. Start out by taking a small train into the mine itself, several of the tools and mining equipment are demonstrated, our guide (sorry I forget her name) was very knowledgeable and patient answering questions. Also on the grounds are a number of building... More 

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

Dear Karu99, Thank you so much for your review. It is wonderful to see that our guests enjoy the experience as much as you did. More 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is a fascinating museum, a real glimpse into the past. There are many original buildings and exhibits to explore. Panning for gold will entertain both young and old, and the train tour will give you a taste of what it was like to be a miner. Don't forget to wear good walking shoes and bring a sweater for the... More 

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