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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 November 22, 2012

A perfect activity for a wet, cold day and one that appeals to the whole family. Enough history and mining factoids for adults with lots of hands on for the kids. The actual underground tour is relatively short as it passes through a single tunnel, but there's lots to see & hear. The guide demonstrates the loud (as in cover your ears) "widow maker" drill; explains the "honey wagon"; & extinguishes the lights to create utter blackness before lighting a single candle and then a carbide lamp. The Historic Mill has steps that ascend forever.........too bad you can't climb them!
I especially enjoyed the old movie clips of the Copper Queen parade (c. 1939) and various sports day competitions (including diving; obtacle race; & greased flag pole) in the old Admin Building.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

If you are looking for something to do with your family the Britannia Mine Museum is worth a visit. Went with the whole extended family including grandparents and toddlers and everybody enjoyed it. The weather was awful outside but it didn't matter at all, you are underground in the tunnel or in the mill building most of the tour so certainly a good poor weather option. I would highly recommend stopping here on your next trip along the Sea to Sky highway.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We recently stopped off to check out the Mine Museum in Britannia Beach. No other visitors there on a Thursday afternoon in November so we were treated to a personal guided tour. Our guide, Michael, was very charming and knowledgeable. The short train ride into the mine, and then the walk down one of the tunnels, really gives you a sense of what it must have been like for the miners in the old days. Very dark and cold! Make sure you wear warm clothes and good walking shoes. The mill building was quite amazing and we learned about how the copper was processed and how the environment is now recovering from years of acid rock drainage abuse. We didn't have time to see the film but enjoyed the gold panning station (warm water!!) and the very well stocked gift shop. I will definitely be back with my grandchildren. A wonderful piece of B.C. History.

Thank Lori S
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

I learned so much on this tour of a now-closed copper mine. Our guide, Marshall, worked in the mine and was very knowledgable about the wokings. Our tour group had seniors, middle aged folks and young kids. He managed to make it lively and interesting for all of us. The temperature changes drastically as you go underground so I recommend a sweater or coat and closed toed shoes. We really enjoyed this!

Thank setter3
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is great place to visit when on your way to Whistler or just staying in Vancouver area and have some time to visit local areas of interest. Ride from Vancouver is easy and pleasant (highway 99 going towards Whistler); after crossing Lions Gate bridge, it took us approximately 45 minutes to get there. Place is marked well, so no way one can miss it when driving by.

Museum is kept nice and clean (including washrooms), with lots of interesting artifacts scattered across several buildings as well as outside; it is well worth to take time to see and appreciate them all. Beside stationary artifacts, they have interesting interactive exhibits, children's play area and a small movie theatre where they continuously play a short documentary on the history of the mine (our guide was kind enough to start the movie from the beginning when our small group wanted to see it). There is also an area where you can try your luck with gold panning; water was warm and kids were comfortable in their prospecting. We've found some small gems (they say there is some real gold in that send) and visitors are allowed to take their lucky finds with them.

Real highlight of the tour was a train ride trough (a small area of) the mine. Tour was informative, well paced and narrated, and we've got to see demonstrations of some of the real mining equipment. When the lights got turned off at the end of the tour (mine was not electrified when in production use), I felt like I could imagine all the noises, dust, moisture sweat, all that real things mine must have felt like when it was in its heydays. In a day and age when we increasingly get detached from reality, it is enlightening to see how materials that we use in our every day lives are extracted and produced; it helps us appreciate things that we way to often take for granted.

Underground tour gets loud at some points, so make sure you bring ear muffs and/or plugs; they have some adult size plugs, but no children sizes; our guide has provided warnings before loud noises were to start and it was probably only ~1% of what the real mine must have sounded like, but it is good to come prepared.

Make sure to check tour times before coming as schedule may differ from what it is stated on the web site.

Lots of opportunities for taking pictures.

Small gift store is kept nice and well organized and is filled with interesting and mostly unique and mine related/inspired items on display. Prices are for the most part fairly reasonable and we were able to find items that fitted both our taste and budget. All proceeds from the store go to the museum charity.

In conclusion, this is a must see Vancouver area attraction, in my opinion easily on par with some of the more well known favourites such as aquarium, science world and zoo.

1  Thank IsaacN_BC
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