Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Glace Bay

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Visit Cape Breton Miners' Museum for a first-hand experience of the history of this converted coal mine. Situated in the picturesque Glace Bay, the museum offers guided tours with retired miners, giving you a sense of what it was like to work there. See informative exhibits about the mining industry, view original buildings from the time period, or venture into the closed mine with the guide and experience the hardships the workers used to face. After the tour you can browse the gift shop, or get a tasty meal at the village restaurant. Before you visit Glace Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • This was a fascinating place to visit. Definitely the occurrences during the 1920's in Cape Breton coal mining is a stain on Canadian history. Our guide, Wishie, did a great job although he was...  more »
  • Was a great tour and learned a lot of the past hardships of coal mining. Always be thankful and don't take for granted what we have today, it was built on the sacrifices of men like these.  more »
  • Very interesting, entertaining tour given by retired miners. A little uncomfortable and cold for awhile since you go down into the actual mine and cannot stand upright if you are over 5 feet tall. My....  more »
  • Well worth the visit. We were on a cruise ship that stopped at Sydney. We rented some bicycles and peddled out the museum for the day. Was not disappointed... highly recommend. Read the other reviews.. no need for me to repeat what has been written in reviews already. Just wanted to chime in that the tour was quite fun, very affordable, very informative, the volunteer guides are great !. As a suggestion, like to see an option to go down even deeper into the mines as part of perhaps a once per day 'high adventure' tour... a premium tour (pay a little more)... limited to small group.... similar to that what is offered at many cavern tours in the USA. Sort of 'adventure tours'. Perhaps earn the museum some additional visitors and income to help operate the museum.
  • This was one of the most amazing guided tours I've ever been on. Not only do you descend into a real coal mine, the tour was lead by a retired coal miner. Eric's stories from life underground were filled with drama, humor, heartfelt sadness and poignancy. I can't recommend this tour more highly. It will also give you new respect for organized labor, so under siege as is today.
  • What a great experience we had here. Our tour guide Eric was a miner at this place and he was full of stories. He was also funny and very informative of what life was like down a mine. Reasonably priced and totally worth the money. Would 100% recommend this. I would do this tour again. I loved it.
  • This is a great place to stop in Cape Breton. The tour guide does a great job, and it really gives you insight into how miserable a life the miners had. Be warned - the tunnel ceilings get down to about 4 feet - but you will be wearing a hard hat!
  • Wonderful experience! It truly takes you to the past and provides you an experience like no other. It truly makes you appreciate how worker’s rights are now protected, unlike back then when the big corporation literally owns you and your family for life. A must see if you are in Cape Breton.

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