Take a trip through history as you experience the life of a miner with this admission ticket 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
BOOM! A live-action experience in the historic Mill
Guided Underground Mine Tour
Gold Panning "you find it, you claim it!"
Interactive Exhibits and Mineral Gallery
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to or from Vancouver
Departure & Return
Britannia Mine Museum
6/1/2019 - 4/30/2020
Monday - Sunday:
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
What To Expect
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 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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
45-min guided tours are offered throughout the day from 10am-5pm
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
we enjoyed our trip to the mine and the new BOOM show. Our 11 yr old grandson also really enjoyed it and we all learned a lot. We were surprised to learn how many of our everyday items contain copper and other mined minerals. It was also meaningful as I have a family member who worked on the mines in the 1920-30's.
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.
The location and atmosphere was nice. We took the greyhound bus to Britannia Beach and had a very beautiful scenic drive. Overall we had a fun time. The cafe they have was closed due to staffing issues - the Britannia Mine Museum Gift Shop has ice cream bars, coffee and cookies, chips for sale, but if you are really hungry you will have to go back down the mountain to Vancouver like we did to get lunch.
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.
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.