Having passed this roadside museum numerous times on the drive between Vancouver and Whistler, we made a special trip to take in the underground tour. Hardhats on, we rode an original mine train into a tunnel where our guide demonstrated the techniques and tools while describing the working conditions of the miners. We traced the history of the mine as modernization was introduced and marveled at the strength and courage needed to work the tunnels, from picks in candle light to modern mining equipment. Ingenuity was the key to daily life and commerce in this remote company town accessible for decades only by boat. We appreciated the friendliness and passion of the very knowledgeable staff there as they brought the past to life and described the more modern and ongoing improvements. Suggest sturdy, closed footwear and dressing warmly in layers as brisk breezes off the sound can make the tunnel drafty.
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