Copper Quest

Grades K to 12

Head into the Underground!

60 Minute Program

Engage in the story of exploration experienced by over 70,000 Museum visitors annually. Copper Quest tells you the story of our long and ongoing search for the red metal with a focus on why and how that occurred at Britannia, culminating in the question of ‘Where will tomorrow’s copper come from?’

What your students will see and do?

This program is primarily performed in our underground area. The program begins with a brief history of copper usage above ground before students board the train. Once inside the tunnel, your spirited program leader will engage your students in how copper was found in the mountain (the exploration process), and what it was
like to work as a part of the exploration team at Britannia before touching on
the costs and consequences of the success of Britannia’s exploration teams.

Travel underground and experience the sights and sounds of the historic mine. Discover key innovations in exploration with live equipment demonstrations. Reflect on the consequences of Britannia’s successful mineral exploration.

We address the question: Why did the mine close and where will our copper come from in the future?

Please note that due to the physical features of the mine, hard hats (provided) will be required in the underground.


Copper Quest is a multi-sensory experience. Students will be exposed to loud noises and lowered light conditions under the supervision of our Historical Interpreters. There are 48 steps to the entrance of the underground. Please let our bookings team know if you have any questions

Big Ideas


Humans interact with matter everyday through familiar materials.

Grade 1

Matter is useful because of its properties.

Grade 2

Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes. Local actions have global consequences , and global actions have local consequences.

Grade 3

Strong Communities are the result of being connected to family and communityand working together towards common goals.

Grade 4

The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada.

Grade 5

Natural Resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.

Grade 6

Economic self-interest can be a aignificant cause of conflict among peoples and government.

Grade 7

Elements consist of one type of atom, and compounds consisit of atoms of different elements chemically combined.

Grade 8

Adapting to economic and labour market changes required flexibility.

Grade 9

The Physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

Grade 10

The development of policical institutions is influenced by economic, social, ideological, and geographic factors.

Explorations in Social Studies 11

Physical features and natural resources influence demographic patterns and population distributions. The rapid development and proliferation of communication and transportation technologies in the 20th century led to profound changes in personal and national identities.

Earth Science 11

Earth materials are changed as they cycle through the geosphere and are used as resources, with economic and environmental implications.

Environmental Science 11

Human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems.

Human Geography 12

A geographic region can encompass a variety of physical features and/or human interactions. Human activities alter landscapes in a variety of ways.

Environmental Science 12

Human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life.

Geology 12

Minerals, rocks, and earth materials form in response to conditions within and on the Earth’s surface and are the foundation of many resource-based industries. Weathering and erosion processes continually reshape landscapes through the interaction of the geosphere with the hydrosphere and atmosphere.