Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada: Britannia Mine Museum

The copper and gold mine -- largest in the British Empire -- opened as an attraction in 1975. Tourists wear hard hats, ride through tunnels underground on an open-sided mine train. Aboveground light-and-sound show in the mill debuted in 2019.

Address:
Sea to Sky Hwy., Britannia Beach, BC, Canada
Directions:
From Vancouver, drive over the Lions Gate bridge toward West Vancouver. Turn right onto Taylor Way and take the Upper Levels Hwy. Drive north to Horseshoe Bay, then follow the signs to Squamish/Whistler on Hwy 99/Sea To Sky Hwy and keep driving. Five minutes past the Furry Creek Golf Resort. Look for the signs once in Britannia Beach, and turn right onto Copper Drive.
Hours:
Daily 9 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
604-896-2233
RA Rates:
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Britannia Mine Museum

The tour of a copper mine abandoned in 1974 includes a ride on a mine train (about 5 minutes) and a demonstration of mine tools from the period. The highlight is a multimedia show at the end using lighting and special effects to show how mined rock was processed to extract copper and other precious metals. Other exhibits show the impact the mine had on the area from an environmental and social perspective.

[Clark W, 06/06/2022]

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