Discover an Immersive Historical Experience

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. The highlight of your visit is a guided underground tour into an old haulage tunnel and the award-winning BOOM! show. Tours into the underground leave every 30 minutes and last about 75 minutes. Reservations are strongly recommended.

After your guided tour allow time to explore and discover the wide variety of exhibits and activities including a site favorite gold panning!

The Underground Tour

The Underground at Britannia Mine Museum offers a glimpse into life at one of British Columbia's largest historical copper mines. Board the mine train, just like miners did in 1914, and travel into an early haulage tunnel. Inside, interpreters demonstrate mining equipment and share insights about Britannia's copper mining history.

Experience BOOM!

Our Award-Winning, multi-sensory attraction. Discover a thrilling light, sound and special effects experience.

BOOM! introduces audiences to the story, sights and sounds behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3, with an immersive live-action experience -- fun for all ages! 

This experience offers multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and leading-edge special effects — bringing all 20-storeys back to life!

In April 2022 BOOM! received the prestigious TEA Thea Award!

Gold Panning

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.

Permanent Exhibits

Terra Lab Exhibit

Explore Britannia's journey of environmental remediation and the importance of sustainable practices in mining today.

When the mine was active, this building was one of the company’s assay labs - a space where scientists could test rock samples to determine their ingredients and concentration.

Britannia Mine’s successful search for valuable minerals allowed the company to thrive, but it also had a far-reaching impact on the surrounding environment. In the main portion of the lab, graphics, specimens and multimedia displays examine the chemical process known as acid rock drainage, and the ways modern remediation is restoring biodiversity to Britannia’s waters.

The Britannia Story

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.

Mineral Gallery

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!

Beaty Lundin Visitors Centre

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

Other areas to explore

Giant Haul Truck

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.

Chatterbox Cafe

Relax and re-fuel at the Chatterbox Cafe! Fresh coffee, sandwiches and snacks await you in our cafe. The cafe is also home to our collection of autographed photos, chronicling the history of films and TV shows filmed on our site including The Flash, Supernatural, The X Files, and 21 Jump Street.

Historical Buildings

Explore seventeen original buildings, including the iconic industrial cathedral Mill no.3, a National Historic Site, across the spacious ten-acres of this industrial heritage area.

Award-Winning Film

"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.

Gift Shop

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!

Unique Artifacts

The museum is filled with historical artifacts, from archival images and personal effects, through to industrial equipment preserved in its original state. Learn what life was like for the men working the mine, and the families of Britannia Beach and Mt. Sheer.