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Britannia Mine Museum

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Address: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, British Columbia V0N 1J0, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-896-2233
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

What was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire is now a...

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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Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
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USD 104.95*
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Try to go earlier and get the 1st train at 10am,Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to view the exhibits and to take the underground train ( about 50 minutes ). This is educational for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Chilliwack, Canada
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Chilliwack, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Try to go earlier and get the 1st train at 10am,Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to view the exhibits and to take the underground train ( about 50 minutes ). This is educational for both kids and adults.

Thank rodnglo
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There's a lot to see at the mine and the museum. The train ride is fun and especially suitable for young children. It's very damp and cold inside the mountain, so dress warmly. The tour was worthwhile and the guide was very friendly. We learned how they mined, crushed and extracted the copper, silver, gold, molybdenum, gypsum and tungsten ores... More 

Thank BC V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in Vancouver and moved away in my 30's, so now I'm a tourist in my own town. When I come home to visit which is about 2 to 3 times a year, there is always one visit up to Whistler for skiing/snowboarding. Every year, we go past the mines and I always comment that we should stop,... More 

Thank stsang
Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited early in Spring Break as our grandson was with us and we wanted to give him the experience of visiting a real mine. (He loves Minecraft ) My husband and I had been there about 20 years ago and took the mine tour at that time. Then the tour was quite short but interesting. In the intervening years... More 

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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well run museum, excellent staff and lots to do. Good local information and history, and lots of restoration done over the years. Cool little train ride at the top, lots of stairs to climb and plenty of walking on the tour. Panning for gold for all ages, loads of fun, and a decent souvenir store at the end. Easy to... More 

Thank Tom W
Abbotsford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Ok, I've driven past this place lots. Never stopped in. Until the Family Day long weekend. Boy, was I missing an amazing BC landmark. On this day, it was half price... making it an even better experience. Lots to read and some stairs to climb. I recommend taking the tour inside the building. It's a little mine-train trip in the... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We started our visit with a train ride down into the old mine. Our guide was very informative and gave us some fun demonstrations of the equipment within the mine. Outside, we panned for gold in the troughs and the grand kids were happy to find some small nuggets, along with other coloured stones. (The staff make sure there's plenty... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Mine museum is very informative, filled with old pictures depicting life as a miner. There were several interesting displays as well as old equipment. However the hightlight is the tour through the mine. The young lady leading the tour was fantastic. She really made you feel how it would have been working in the mine. The tours are only... More 

Thank Daphne C
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I decided to drive up the sea to sky highway on a day off from a weeklong conference in Vancouver. I hadn't read about the Britannia Mine Museum in advance, but it definitely caught my eye enough to stop and check it out. Glad I did. It is obvious that they are trying to also cater to kids (smart move),... More 

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Derby, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Located just after the town on the Highway 99 into Vancouver. Good wet weather activity with lots for all to do. Tour is informative and takes you on a 2 minute train ride in to the mine. Very interesting place

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