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Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach

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Learn about the processes and history of British Columbia’s mining industry at Britannia Mine Museum. Ride a mine train into the depths of the earth as the staff explains the processes used in mining. Learn how to pan for gold with the help of a staff member, or see where the Scooby-Doo movies were filmed inside the mine. The museum sits outside the mines and has many artifacts and facts for visitors of all ages. Using our online itinerary creator, Britannia Beach attractions like Britannia Mine Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • These mines are so interesting. They show the importance of copper and its value in past years. A train will take you into the mountains mining areas and show you how hard the working conditions were ...  more »
  • Loved this place before they fixed up the exterior. And while it is no longer as spooky and the site of X-file film shots, the new siding did save the place. This was the site of the largest copper mi...  more »
  • The museum and mine really surprised me . I had driven by on the highway so many times and saw the huge hauling truck and the amazing building that creeps up the side of the mountain , but never stopp...  more »
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  • Fascinating to learn about the history of this mine many of us drive by frequently. The exhibits are interesting and well arranged so that you move about in your own direction and at your own pace. A fun, albeit short tour of the mine with a very knowledgeable guide is the highlight of this museum. Make sure to bring a sweater or light jacket at the interior of the mine can be quite a bit colder than the outside temperature.
  • Great guided tour where we experienced a mine train, mining drills, mine lighting demonstration, thoughtful explanations, demonstrations and professionalism. The interpretive exhibits were thorough and I could have spent longer there. Gold panning was fun. Note that much of the museum is out doors and unheated, so dress to stay warm. Wear sturdy shoes that aren't scared of a little dirt.
  • The mine is a great place to visit on the way to whistler or shannon falls. The displays are excellent and the highlight of the mine is the train into the mine itself. Good place to take the children.
  • I wasn't thinking I would enjoy this visit but I was so surprised (note: do the tour or you'll be missing out) the price is a bit steep to get in but I was thrilled by the woman who animated the tour, she was a true storyteller and made history come alive. Also I love that when you "pan for gold" there's actually something to find for kids. Our daughter loved the experience. Way to go!
  • It was fun and interactive. Learned a lot about how they used to mine. Our guide was able to answer all of our questions.