There’s something for everyone to learn above and below the earth at Britannia Mine Museum. Located in Britannia Beach, about 45minutes north of Vancouver on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the mine site developed a century ago and was active until the 1970’s. After the mine became economically unviable it closed and turned into the BC Mining Museum and appeared quite run down for years, the National Historic Site has had a revival in recent years. Renamed in 2010 as the Britannia Mine Museum, the formerly dilapidated Mill #3 has been given a new lease on life with an fresh facade and new windows to see it through another century.
A must do is the underground train tour, a 45 minute guided tour that takes visitors under the mountain to experience how the miners worked when the mine opened at the turn of the 20th century. Following the train underground the tour continues into the Mill for a bit of science as the guide instructs visitors on the process to remove the Copper from the mined rocks. After Machinery, Core Sample, Equipment Sheds and Administration Buildings are all open for further exploration. A tea room, shop and gold panning exhibit round out the visit so you can spend the day or a few hours at Britiannia Mine Museum.
Britannia Mine Museum is located in Britannia Beach, 45 minutes north of Vancouver and 45 minutes south of Whistler on Highway 99 / Sea To Sky Highway.
The Museum is open daily from 9am – 5pm. Tours are offered throughout the day.
Rates: Adult-$21.50, Senior (65+)-$17.20, Youth (13-18)-$16.00, Child (6-12)-$13.50, Preschool (5 and under)-Free
Phone: 1-800-896-4044 – press 0