Those with interest in both history and technology should check out the Britannia Mine Museum. Located in Brittania Beach, British Columbia, the Brittania Mine Museum is at the site of what was once one of Canada’s largest copper ore mines. The museum offers exhibits and educational opportunities focused on explaining the history of the Britannia Mine and the mining industry in British Columbia.
Probably the most unforgettable attraction at the museum is a 45-minute train tour down into the mine itself. Visitors can take a train ride through an actual haulage tunnel from the past and learn precisely how miners used historic mining and lighting equipment to get the job done back in the day. Museum experiences transport the visitor back in time to 1914 and show how copper ore was extracted, processed, and carried away. The museum is comprised of over 23 different buildings and puts on display more than 7,000 historical artifacts.
There’s a lot to see and do at the Britannia Mine Museum, and a visit can quickly fill an entire day. In addition to the mine’s underground tour, visitors can check out The Mineral Gallery, where samples of all different kinds of metals are on display. In addition to copper, the mine’s main mineral of production, the gallery also includes gold, silver, zinc, and lead samples.
For those looking to get hands-on experience, there’s the gold-panning pavilion. It allows the visitor to learn the process of panning for gold and other items such as quartz and fool’s gold. One of the newest features the museum offers is the exhilarating BOOM! attraction. It is a multi-sensory experience that allows visitors to learn about and experience the awesome power of the site’s historic Mill No. 3 gravity-fed concentrator mill.
Don’t miss this fascinating attraction that’s conveniently located about an hour north of Vancouver.