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Although we do not take provisional bookings, we can make a note of the dates you are interested in and give you 48 hours to check whether you can secure a bus.
Payment for field trips can be paid in advance by credit card or cheque or on arrival at admissions. A booking confirmation with the amount owing is emailed to you when you have confirmed your booking. This can be used as an invoice for your school. Please note if you pay by cheque we are not able to refund if you have less students than your cheque is made out for.
Elementary schools and daycares require a 1:6 adult ratio and secondary schools a 1:10 adult ratio. Additional adults $35.95 (2023)
Elementary schools and daycares have a free 1:6 adult ratio and secondary schools a free 1:10 adult ratio.
SEAs essential for 1:1 caring for students are complimentary in addition to the free adult ratio.
The BOOM! Show, Lab spaces, Lunch Room and Gold Panning areas are fully accessible. Due to the nature of the historic tunnels, guests with mobility impairments may be unable to participate in the Copper Quest underground tour. Please contact us directly to discussion options for students requiring assistance.
We require a minimum of 15 students for all our school programs.
You can choose between a 9:45 am or 10:15 am start time.
For classes totalling 30 students or more, we are able to conduct two programs. However, the duration of the different programs has to be the same.
We can accommodate a total of 120 students in one booking.
The maximum number in each group is currently 30 students plus staff and caperones. Larger groups are divided into multiples of 30.
The minimum program length which has to be booked is 2 hours. 15 minutes for orientation and for you to disembark, pay and use the washrooms is added to the total time.
Yes. Our large parking lot includes a pull-in for buses to stop and passengers to disembark. The buses then park in the bus bays at the rear of the parking lot.
The designated group leader should go to our admissions desk to check in. Our Interpreters assigned to conduct your program will meet you and your students and proceed with the orientation.
Every class is welcome to visit the Company Store. If this is something your students would like to do, please let our Booking Coordinator know so they can add it into your tour schedule and add additional staff and time before the bus pick-up.
We have a covered space for classes to eat lunch in our Multi-Purpose Room. If you would like to schedule 30 minutes for lunch during your program please select this as a session when choosing your Around the Site Sessions and add an additional 30 minutes to your program time. Alternatively you can choose to eat lunch on the bus, or at nearby Shannon Falls Provincial Park. (A 5 minute drive north of us.)
If you would like to order sandwiches, snacks or drinks for purchase for your class please let us know in advance.
Based on teacher feedback from the 2022/2023 school year, we are restricting each school group to choosing just one lab program per class. Please contact our bookings coordinator if you would like to discuss which program will best meet your needs.
One of our Historic Interpreters will be with your group for the Copper Quest underground tour, BOOM! show, and all lab programs. They will also provide directions at the gold panning station, and will assist with site entry and departure.
Your guide will ask you to fill out a short in-person survey about your field trip at the end of the program to help us measure our success. You can also reach out to our Bookings Coordinator after your visit if you wish to provide further feedback.
Due to the scheduling of other programs, your class must depart at the designated departure time found on your confirmation document. If you would like to stay longer onsite, please talk to our Booking Coordinator about booking free time onsite.
If you have booked Gold Quest and the weather is severely cold, we offer the option of Exhibit Time in lieu of panning for gold.
Teachers who pay annual fees to the BC TRB may visit the Britannia Mine Museum to plan your field trip. Please contact us to make a booking. You will need to present your ID at admissions to gain entry. Special events and holiday's are not included in this offer. Please note other than BOOM! and Copper Quest, our educational programs are not available to the general public. If you wish to talk with someone from the education department when you are here just let us know.
Yes we recommend you watch it prior to your field trip. “Groundbreaking – The Britannia Mine Story” is available online so you can watch it in your classroom. It can be found here.
Yes we do! All are located here.