Britannia Mine Museum
Britannia Mine Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Rumble aboard The Underground train as it rolls through a historic mining haulage tunnel. Push up your sleeves at our Gold Panning Pavilion and keep what you find! Immerse yourself in the award-winning, live-action, multi-sensory experience of BOOM! Learn about minerals, the copper extraction process, and what life was like back in the day as the mill building is brought back to life. Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages, offering awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Take a step back in time at this award-winning attraction and National Historic Site. Located along the beautiful Sea to Sky corridor between Squamish and Vancouver.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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from C$39.95
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Nik V
5 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
Outstanding museum experience! Whether you are a rockhound, history buff, in to big machinery, or fancy a fun stop along the sea-to-sky highway, this is THE place to visit. The tour guide gave a polished and highly informative journey through mine and mill that was for all ages. Panning for stones and the odd gold flake in an outdoor heated trough on a sunny November day was fantastic. Highly recommend this tourist stop for all.
Written November 29, 2023
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Zolarpowered
Bristol, UK83 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A review dated 8th October 2022 matches our opinion of this tour.
Apart from a very small child (too young to understand where they were) it was an all adult audience. The train ride is very short and not deep into the mine. Maybe our guide was very new and inexperienced but the talk about the tools used etc. was very childish and amateurish. i.e the 3-2-1 countdown to cover your ears before (with one exception) a not very loud noise.

As the other review stated, the saving grace was BOOM in the 20 story mill. Suddenly theme park style videos etc. tell you interesting facts in an engaging way.
Written October 20, 2023
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Lori L
Vancouver, Canada26 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Great family friendly venue. The site is well organized and there are lots of things to interest both adults and children. The staff were super friendly and engaging. I went with my 7 year old nephew and they made a point of speaking directly to him and asking him questions. We did the mine tour and the Boom experience and both were really interesting and engaging. I learned a lot!
Written October 15, 2023
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Heather D
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Couples
We were driving by and saw the museum and thought it'd be interesting. We were right! Chris was our guide and did an awesome job explaining and telling us all about the history and lives that have gone through the mine and mill. Thank you Chris!
Written September 21, 2023
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Emily L
2 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
The mine tour was awesome! Our guide Chris was very informative, interesting and entertaining. We loved the BOOM show as well. It was fascinating learning about the history of the mine and hearing what it was actually like when the mill was running. We also had a fun time panning for gold and visiting the other buildings. Highly recommend a visit!
Written September 6, 2023
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Brigid S
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
A great day traveling into the Britannia Mine via the train wearing our hardhats. Then Angela gave us a walking tour of the inside of the mine shaft and the use of some of the equipment.
There were people of all ages and we had received an email regarding wearing closed toed shoes because it is wet and the ground is uneven, as well as a jacket because it is cold inside the mine.
The BOOM presentation was a perfect ending to the whole experience.
Written August 20, 2023
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Scully
Somerville, MA56 contributions
Aug. 2023
This place is a gem (punt intended)! It's a very interesting historical place to visit, situated about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. However, it is more than a pit stop--I would plan on spending at least 3 hours here. I did the general underground tour which included visiting a mine, the ground level of Mill #3 and the BOOM! show. Derek was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable, lively and was great with adults and kids alike. I also did their newly piloted Behind-the Scene Tour, which took me to the mid-level of the mill. That was so much fun! Dan was the tour guide for this and he explained a lot of the details and history about the mill, the equipment that is still there as well as the local history and flavor. The place certainly looks spooky (even in broad daylight) and makes a good movie set (and has many times over!). I really hope this special tour will continue and the museum will continue to expand and flourish. I would be very interested in coming back in a few years to see new additions to the place.
Written August 12, 2023
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Maya
Edinburgh, UK340 contributions
Jul. 2023
Stoped in here on the way back from Whistler having seen it on the way up but not had time to go in.

Without google maps we’d have never found the entrance / parking. There are signs from the road but they stop and there isn’t one at the right turn off or at the parking lot. We guessed where to go and got it right. They definitely need a sign at the junction from the sea to sky highway.

The actual museum is great with lots of interactive activities and exhibits. There’s even a panning for gold activity.

When we arrived there was a tour leavening in 20 for the mine so we were able to get on that. It’s an hour with half in the mine and the other half in the boom show. I wasn’t sure how claustrophobic the mine would be but it was not bad at all. The tour was very good and informative.

The highlight of the tour was definitely the boom show. I had a rough idea what to expect but it was even better in person. It was great to see they used the building as a filming location for a few movies!

If you are in the area I’d highly recommend a visit to the mine. It’s an easy trip from Vancouver too and is fun for all the family.
Written August 9, 2023
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dianasZ995XL
Vancouver, Canada4 contributions
Jul. 2023
My first time to visit this museum - highly recommend it. A great place for locals and visitors, especially on a rainy day.
Written July 25, 2023
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Sebastian D
La Grange Park, IL16 contributions
It rained all morning and was going to rain all day. In a needed break from dealing with a very sad family event, we decided to go to to the Britannia Mine Museum. We thought we would stay for an hour or so. We stayed for over 3 hours. The functioning mine closed in 1974. The displays in the buildings provide a really detailed explanation of life at the mine, both working and living. There are lots of hands-on displays which are great for kids. We all had a great time panning for minerals. The tour is very informative. You get on a mining train that takes you into the mine where a tour guide shows you the evolution of mining for copper. Our tour guide, Katie, did a great job explaining the different mining tools including demonstrating some of them. Katie also explained the lighting challenges faced by the miners by demonstrating how they had to see by hanging a lit candle on the wall which eventually evolved to a battery operated light that they carried. The tour ends with a short film called Boom that is interactive with part of the remaining equipment. It is very well done. They also recognize the damage that the mine runoff did to the local environment and how they worked to reverse it. Overall, it is worth the trip.
Written July 25, 2023
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Britannia Mine Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$40.55, while a popular guided tour starts around C$8.62 per person.

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