• Location: Britannia Beach, Canada
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Take a trip through history as you experience the life of a miner with this admission and guided tour of the Britannia Mine Museum. This historic copper mine, situated between Whistler and Vancouver, has been in operation since the early 20th century. Get a fascinating look at mining’s evolution over the years, as told by the museum's collection of interactive exhibits, films and hands-on activities, try your hand at gold panning and take a ride on the mine train as you travel inside a real mine tunnel.


  • Visit the award-winning Britannia Mine Museum
  • Explore the state-of-the-art museum with many exhibits, films and hands-on activities
  • Take a ride on a mine train and go deep into an authentic mining tunnel
  • Learn how to pan for gold and then keep your findings!
  • Learn about the science and history of mining from knowledgeable tour guides

What You Can Expect

Britannia Mine Museum General Admission

Underground Tour

Take a deep dive into the history of mining in Canada with this admission and guided tour at the Britannia Mine Museum. Learn about the history of this fascinating industry through a series of interactive exhibits and through your knowledgeable tour guides, many of them former mine employees.

Start your Britannia Mine Museum visit any time during its opening hours from 9am to 5pm daily. This National Historic Site offers an award-winning museum on the location of what was once one of the largest copper mines in the British Empire.

Take your time to immerse yourself in the museum’s collection of displays, hands-on exhibits and films, learning about the the rich history of this unique industry. Then climb aboard the museum’s on-site mine train, which will take you on a trip inside one of the former mining tunnels. Along the way your guide will share stories about the mine’s colorful past. Many of the guides used to work at the mine as employees, adding further insight to your visit.

Continue inside the sprawling mill building to learn about the inner-workings of one of the last-remaining gravity-fed mills in North America. Finish your tour with a chance to pan for gold at the museum’s gold-panning station, taking home any of your lucky finds.

Customer Reviews

Michael Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Quite a fascinating tour in a beautiful part of the coastline - the train going into the mountain was my favourite! Also includes a demonstration of the ways miners used to work in the beginning and throughout - from old noisy drills to working in candlelight, including blowing the miners whistle at the end awesomely loud!. Ends with a quick tour in the huge 20 story building that you see as you drive past. Have ample time to investigate the remainder of the site - all very fascinating and well laid out.

Stan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour, fun, interesting, and knowledgeable.
seeing the mine built right into the mountain was amazing.

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Had a wonderful and educational time. Who knew what a hard time miners had in the past i.e. working in the tunnels with candles. It was very well put together.

Barry R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

My family and I want to compliment our tour guide Gord. He was friendly, yet professional, timely, courteous, knowledgable and upbeat. We really can tell that he enjoys being a tour guide. The tour to Whistler on Wednesday, 6/7 was a highlight of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great little train ride through the mine, with demonstrations and a wondrous tale of the history of this mine from extremely well informed guides. Loved it. Great break on the drive between Vancouver and Whistler.

Stuart R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Lynne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were there over 30 years ago. They've added more to the tour and opened another building which was very interesting.

Xiaoyu Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. It can take a whole afternoon to see everything carefully.

Lynn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Doesn't look like much from the exterior but don't let that discourage you. Lots of fun for the entire family and really interesting too...

Kimberly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a 9 year old and a 16 year old on this tour and they enjoyed it just as much as the adults! Highly recommend this trip and spending an hour or so in the self guided museum and gold panning area.

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