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“Great look into the past!”

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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Mission, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great look into the past!”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Visited here recently after driving by it for years. Wish I had gone sooner. It was a great experience, but really better understood by older children. The kids loved panning for "gold", and being able to purchase a "special" rock in the gift shop. The underground train ride was a great experience, except for the drill noise - could have done withut that, and it made the younger kids in the crowd cry. But overall, a pretty good visit. The only drawback is that it is NOT handicapped accessible.

Visited June 2012
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Vancouver, BC
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“Great for kids and kids at heart”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

We loved visiting Britannia Mine. I have 4 kids under 10, and our guide managed to keep them all enthralled from start to finish. The obvious highlight was the underground train ride, and it was really amazing to be able to walk through the old mines and experience for yourself what it was like to live back then.

Be sure to stop by the playground for a bit, and watch the quick movie in the visitor's center. It really explained everything about the mine.

We'll be back!

Visited June 2012
Thank MrsShellyW
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Houston, Texas
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“Awesome Mine Tour for All Ages”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

We visited the Britannia Mine Museum with our 6 year old, and had an absolutely amazing afternoon of fun and learning. First off, the entry fee is 21.50 for adults and 13.50 for 6-12 year olds. The museum is definitely worth it.

The best part of the museum is the 45 minutes underground mine tour, where you wear hard hats and sit in one of the old mine trains, and the guide takes you through the mine. Our tour guide was informative as well as fun, she told us about the history of the mine, showed us how the mine operated in 1905 (with no lights!) and hand tools, and how it changed later with hat lights and drilling machinery. She even demonstrated the noise created by the newer drills (Yes! there is working equipment in the mine!). After the mine, we were guided through the mill, where refining of copper occurred, when the mine was still functional. Looking at the mill, with its narrow staircase and its trolley without any brakes, you can just imagine the state of mining in the pre -1950s.

Apart from the mine tour, we also watched a 15 minute movie, about the mine and its history. And we panned for gold. You can actually find specks of gold (we didn't) and a bunch of other minerals. My 6 year old really enjoyed this activity too, so did we - it is very addictive especially when you are finding the minerals.

Britannia Mine Museum is a great place to spend time with family. Just remember to wear some flat soled footwear (nothing fancy, as there could be puddles in the mine). Also carry an extra layer of clothing for the mine tour - it is colder in the mine.

Visited May 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Fantastic Displays And Underground Mine Tour!”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

This attraction is well worth the visit for local and out of Province Candians as well as foreign travellers. This mine and its two formerly isolated communities that housed workers was once a top producer. The preserved portion of the Britannia Beach community, where the managmenet and administrators once lived and worked, houses the fantastic displays of the mining process, life in the towns, labs, period tools and equipment, etc... It begins with a (extemely Canadian) 15 minute film. A scheduled 45 minute is mostly underground and includes a portion on a historic trolley which miners would have used. We recommend doing this right after the film so you can take your time walking around the "town" and enjoy the displays at your leisure or try your luck panning for gold without having to worry about the time. This attraction will be enjoyable for people of all ages and both genders. We hope this aids your travel plans. :)

Visited March 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Enjoyable tour with interesting renovated mine”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

I spent a few hours touring the mine museum and found it very interesting and informative.
I travelled with a mostly "senior" group with Enjoy Tours from Vancouver. It was an excellent day out including lunch a short drive away on the river bank in Brackendale. It would not be suitable for anyone who could not negotiate a large number of steps in the mine shaft.

Visited March 2012
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