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Britannia Mine Museum Britannia Beach

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Britannia Mine Museum
1 Forbes Way
Britannia Beach
BC
V0N 1J0
Tel: 800-896-4044

Directions

Located on the Sea-to-Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler at Britannia Beach.

Where are we going today?

Here's a fun fact! Did you know that the Britannia Mine Museum was once the largest copper mine in the entire (then) British Empire? That's a pretty impressive feat!

Now, it happens to be a hugely popular attraction for families and kids to visit, because you can see what life as a miner was like, learn all about the history of mining, and enjoy some fun hands-on activities to keep you entertained!

The Britannia Mine Museum tells the story from past, present, and even into the future. The site itself is an exhibit, so everywhere you look, you will be learning! From historical machinery, to heritage buildings, there is so much to see and do!

Kids can explore some of the equipment that once made the Britannia Mine great, and even see working Lime Tanks, ore carts, and mucking machines.

There are permanent exhibits that offer insights into the social history, and the mining history too. You can see a restored ambulance car, to a car that squeezed in 16 miners.

Don't miss the underground tour at the Britannia Mine Museum either! You can see first hand what it would have been like to be a miner back in 1914, when you climb aboard the mine train and head through the early haulage tunnel. There, tour guides will be on hand to tell you all about the mining efforts with actual working drills!

If that wasn't enough, kids will love the chance to pan for gold, or they can play in the giant sand pit!

There are so many things to see and do, indoors and outdoors at the Britannia Mine Museum, make sure you head out ready for a day of adventure, discovery, learning, and FUN!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$29
  • Children$18.50 (ages 5-12) / $23 (ages 13-18)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily. Tour times from 10am.

Open year-round.

Teachers corner

They have educational programs for schools which is a great way for them to learn all about the history without sitting in a classroom. They also have before and after the visit resources .

I'm Hungry!

They have drinks and snacks in the Assay Building..

Any Top Tips?

Check the tour times before you go, as they change every season. Make sure you arrive 20 minutes early, and allow up to 90 minutes for your whole experience at the museum - if not longer!.

Need a little extra help?

The musuem is accessible in some areas, but not all as it is a historic mine. Speak to staff about the areas with limited accessibility.

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money, because there is a gift shop filled with gems, merchandise, and great gifts and souvenirs!.

More information

They have great events like Family Fun Days, so keep an eye out for these and put them in the diary!.

What people are saying?

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    If you've never been, it's quite the experience in itself. Amazing to see the inside of the mines

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    This place was great! I was here earlier this month with two of my friends and we all had a great time. Considering we're 21 and came of our own free choice, to leave with smiles and feeling like we learned something (without it having been too overwhelming) is a great accomplishment for this museum. It was truly something very special and I'm glad I went - I learned so much about my community and history of B.C. A true must-do for anyone going by.

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    An amazing place to visit. A former copper mine turned into a museum of mining. Good for the whole family. Activities for the kids like panning for gold and educational information about mining and the area. You can actually go into a really mine and experience what it's like.
    Go across the street to the gift shop and pick something up. Very nice older couple who gave my kids some foam dragons to play with and take with them.

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    Had the pleasure to visit the mine and processing facility today. Would love to see the upper portion of ore processing opened to tours for education purposes. What a magnificent place to visit!

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    Our family visited the Britannia Mine Museum - what a gem! We always drove past on the way to Whistler meaning to check it out. Glad we did. The kids absolutely loved the underground train and the gold panning. We checked the website for info before we left and tours were pretty regular - front desk was super helpful. Spent hours...kids played at playground while us parents enjoyed some coffee and relaxed. Perfect day.

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