Mining Month

Mining Month

Mining Month

Join us at Britannia Mine Museum this May for Mining Month. Mining is one of BC’s largest and oldest industries and BC Mining Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of the modern industry to British Columbians and to the communities on which they play an important role.

For over a century, mining has shaped and influenced the community at Britannia Beach. During May, we will be engaging with visitors, both on site and digitally, on how mining has, and still does, shape communities and lives. Not just our lives, but the lives of the plants and animals around us. The Museum has some terrific activities planned to celebrate Mining Month this year.

Live in the Lab: The Chemistry of Cleanup

Always leave a place better than you found it. Here at Britannia, the EPCOR Britannia Mines Water Treatment Plant ensures that Britannia is no longer the great polluter it once was. Instead, Britannia is paving the way in environmental remediation. This year marks ten years since salmon were spotted in Britannia Creek for many decades. In The Chemistry of Cleanup you will examine and replicate the process of the water treatment plant. Leaving with an understanding of the importance of having a cleanup plan in place before mining begins.

Designed to Fly

There are many ways rock is moved around a mine site. Today, haul trucks, trains, and conveyors do most of this, but at one time Aerial Tramways were the stars of the show. Tramways are like ski lifts for rocks.

Similar, but simpler to build, are zip-lines.

Test how different ziplines affect how a mini-rock cart runs on the wires. How does slope, friction or line length affect how the car runs?

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

The Britannia Mine Museum will be joining several other education, mineral exploration and mining bodies this Mining Month to be part of a Virtual Scavenger Hunt. The Scavenger Hunt gives people the chance to explore Britannia Mine Museum and Britannia Creek. It focuses on the historical pollution of Howe Sound, and the way this problem was solved. It has been organized by our industry partners, Minerals Ed, and will also feature sites like Kamloops, Sparwood, and the Golden Triangle. You can get more info and join the hunt HERE!


Details: Live in the Lab

Date: Between May 1 and May 30, including Victoria Day.
Drop in facilitated program on Saturdays & Sundays: 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
The TerraLab
Included with Museum Admission

Designed to fly is available in the Machine Shop throughout May.


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