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“Historic BC Copper Mine; learn why it was no place for sissies.”

Britannia Mine Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed March 21, 2012

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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Reviewed March 14, 2012

My fiance and I saw this museum on our way to Whistler. He was definitely not keen on going, but we had an afternoon free so I dragged him there with me. It was just phenomenal. I can't believe they could do so much with a mining museum - it puts a lot of the museums I've been to with themes that arguably give them more to work with (ie, natural history) to shame.

The best parts:
You can do a little guided tram tour into the mine at no extra cost and see/hear/experience the drills, and hear stories of the miners and experience the working conditions over the years. The actual tram ride was very very short, but the tour guide and the experience of seeing what working by candlelight in the middle of a mountain definitely made it worth it,.

The mill - the large white modern looking building you see on the pictures - is absolutely not modern inside. It's like walking into a Dicken's novel of just fantastically abysmal but absolutely breathtaking working conditions. We're talking narrow rickety stairs that go up practically vertically with no railings for 20 storeys and narrow walkways hanging over big vats that used to contain chemicals and mineral mixtures. You have to see it to believe it.

Panning for gold - unlike every single other panning for gold experience I've ever had, you can actually find real gold flecks as well as a bunch of other little minerals and pretty rocks in the sands of their gold panning station. And most importantly, the water is pleasantly heated so our fingers didn't freeze.

My fiance loved it so much, he said it was the best part of our Whistler trip, and that's saying something.

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Lots of fun from the train ride through the mine, the demonstration of the old mining tools, to the gold panning. It was a bit hard to hear some of the information because of all the annoying loud kids (ignorant parents), but thats hardly the museums fault. Definately a highlight on our trip through Squamish and Whistler.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Having lived in Vancouver for 12 years, we finally took a short drive on a sunny day to the mining museum. I actually was unaware of what was mined there in the past. My wife and my five year old had a blast and stayed a little over 2 hours. The overview movie to start was informative. You get to then actually go underground with hardhat and all. You move along in a train. There was even a fellow there who worked at the mine when it was in operation.
Great fun. Helpful to have a 2 for 1 coupon that we had from entertainment book.

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Rusty. Strange. Very old. A bit claustrophobic. A little bit scary. Perhaps if a person knew (or cared) about mining, the experience could be of some interest. Definitely a "guy" destination. There's no nearby shopping so "gals" who are mining-interest-challenged will just have to put up with the intense peculiarity of the experience.

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