Discover an immersive historical experience and one of British Columbia’s top tourist attractions -- just 45 minutes north of Vancouver.
Britannia Mine Museum offers visitors plenty of things to see and do – from guided underground tours to self-led exploration of the social history of Britannia Beach. The 10-acre site is itself an exhibit providing unique access to an important piece of Canadian history. In addition to the wide variety of site activities, the Museum hosts many family-friendly events throughout the year. Parents with children 3 and under can find more information here.
A Canadian Signature Experience. Go underground aboard our train into an early haulage tunnel. Inside, discover what it took to be a miner including demonstrations of actual working drills. Learn More >>
Minerals come in all colours, shapes, and sizes. Gaze over our entrancing displays of gold and fluorescent minerals -- including azurite, selentite, volcanic hydrothermal samples and of course Canadian Gold!
Make a point of panning for gold and gemstones. You find it, you keep it! Gold-panning troughs are set at different heights. That way, both young and old, can dip in and try their luck. This is gold panning the fun and easy way.
Come explore our outdoor exhibit with breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Foundations explores Britannia's 114-year history recognizing the environmental impacts, resulting remediation and the continued recovery of Howe Sound. Learn More >>
Don't miss a great photo opportunity! Standing 20-feet tall and weighing over 800,000 lbs, this truck is BIG! You'll know you've arrived at the Museum when you see this "Super" mine truck parked right beside the Sea-to-Sky highway.
Every trip to Britannia Mine Museum starts in the Visitor Centre. Touchscreen displays and interactive exhibits will give you a new perspective of what mining means to our everyday lives. Be sure to visit our Mining Hall of Fame and get to know the personalities behind Canadian mining
Family fun is a high priority with us, so youngsters can enjoy a break in our giant sand pit or take the helm of our playground boat. The area is right beside the snack bar with washrooms nearby.
Grasp what life was like in Britannia Beach within the walls of a lovingly-restored heritage building -- full of amazing stories and archival photos. Learn about the annual Copper Queen pageant and take a seat on the original throne for a great photo op. Children are welcome to crawl into our kid-friendly tunnel.
Explore seventeen original buildings, including Mill no.3, a National Historic Site, across the ten-acre industrial heritage site. Discover unique structures and a wide variety of artefacts, while learning about life in Britannia Beach.
"If its not grown, its mined." Be sure to catch Groundbreaking, our award-winning film that traces Britannia's mining heritage and its successful environmental clean-up.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful and varied gift shops in the Sea to Sky Corridor, the Company Store offers a wide selection of items including jewellery, books, giftware, toys and artisan pieces. As always, the Museum gift shop is free to visit!
Mining has shaped human history, and shaped our planet. But how do we balance our need for resources with the need to look after the earth? This is the story of the TerraLab: the challenge to extract the minerals we need while minimizing our impact on the planet.
The perfect Sea-toSky coffee fix, serving espresso coffee, soup and sandwiches. The Chatterbox Café is located right by the Museum entrance. You don't need Museum admission to enter, and members receive a discount of 15%.
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The Museum is a premier, non-profit organization dedicated to presenting mining's relevance today and towards a sustainable future. We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the sovereign Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation.