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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Britannia Mine Museum General Admission

Gold Panning at the Britannia Mine Museum

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

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.

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We learned a lot about the history of mining here, and enjoyed panning for gold

Sharon-Lee D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

excellent and fun my 2 year old had a blast playing around and my wife and I enjoyed it immensly would recomend for anyone

taylor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Such a great experience! We really enjoyed our visit to the Britannia Mine Museum. It is right between Vancouver and Whistler and is located on the stunning Sea-to-Sky Highway. The exhibits and video at the museum were very interesting and the ride into the mine was amazing. It was so cool to go into an actual mine and the best part was learning about how mining has changed over the years and to see all the generations of equipment. Plus, they even turn off all the lights at one point to see how working in a mine really used to be. Our tour guide actually used to work at the mine in the 70s so he had a ton of great stories and insight. I can highly recommend a visit!

Genevieve T

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

For people with curious minds, this tour is for you. Good information on how the mining industry had evolved from it's early years to present. Great for kids. The fun part was panning for gold at the end of the tour.

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