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“Once an eyesore now a great attraction”

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 January 22, 2014

On the road from Vancouver to Whistler you go past Britannia Beach you see the huge building going up the hill which was once an eyesore with all of its windows smashed.
This is the site of one of Canada's largest copper and zinc mines.
Now an attraction that has all sorts of interesting displays. Of the isolation that once was Britannia Beach, the mining implements and the various ways of separation for various metals though mainly zinc and copper.
The displays of old equipment needs to be better displayed as you wouldn't know what was what. Some signage would be great.
The days of Britannia beach in the old days is great as is the small train that takes you though part of the mine, along with the different drills they used.
The visitor shop was interesting but many of these are available at the general store which is just over a bit further and are much cheaper there.
A good attraction well worth a visit. allow 1.5 hours. Check what times the tours leave which is usually on the hour.

1  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Always a little trepidatious when it comes to going down a hole in the ground! We need not have worried, the experience was brilliant. The complex of buildings were interesting to explore with sufficient information boards around to allow you to seek out the information you were interested in. The narrow gauge train to take you into the copper sulphate mine was interesting and not too far either. The whole journey is probably less than 600M or half a mile. Going into one of the tunnels on foot really makes you appreciate what the miners of old and to some extent even nowadays have to endure. Our guide was excellent at conveying the experience from his own past work as a miner. Onto the Mill where the material was worked to extract the products and by products which were so valuable gave an interesting insight into the economies of scale that are needed to keep these operations viable. Once the guided tour was over we were free to go and investigate the works yard area and buildings more thoroughly. A brilliant video presentation in the small theatre for 15 minutes is worth watching before going on the underground tour if you can. There is also an area where you can try your hand at panning for gold like the Klondykers did a century ago. We expected to be there for an hour and a half at most, we left after three hours but more time could have been required. Well worth the visit!

1  Thank RedHamish
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

You take a (very) short ride on a railcar into one of the mining shafts. Displays of air-operated drilling (actual demonstration!). Great guide, who was very informative! Very interesting. You need about 1.5-2 hours, to enjoy it.

1  Thank runawaywinterbirds
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Britannia Mine people have done an amazing job remediating this mine site and converting it into a solid educational tool. I loved the little train tour through the tunnels in the mountain guided by a former employee of the mine. HIs demonstrations of the machines used, their loudness, his explanation of mining through the decades and demonstration of a miner's light through the decades was effective and memorable. Being in the dark in a tunnel leaves an impression for sure! Those men were tough! The set up with the different displays in different buildings is very accessible to all ages and well presented. Hats off to you Britannia. Well done and well worth a visit. An afternoon well spent. Thank you.

1  Thank Peregrina-Norte
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

The museum is great, it has a a real feel to it, you expect a miner to turn a corner at every turn. The machinery, the rocks, the kine cart ride, all contribute for the atmosphere of being there when the mining was happening. For X-files fans like myself a real treat seeing this place, a lot of episodes of rhis cult series were filmed here.

2  Thank Suzana H
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