Britannia Mine Museum and Its 100-Year-Old National Historic Site


Guided Tour at the Britannia Mine Museum © Berndt Sellheim

The Britannia Mine Museum is a multi-award-winning tourist destination and a memorable visitor attraction that offers an immersive experience of a National Historic Site.

Located just 45 minutes north of Vancouver on the scenic drive to Whistler, the museum itself is a massive site with several heritage buildings and a modern Visitor Centre with a gift shop. The museum delights visitors with a range of meaningful exhibits and a fully guided tour of an underground haulage tunnel on an authentic mine train.

Gold panning is a beloved activity for visitors of all ages, where they can find real gold and colourful gemstones. There are fun interactive displays and a ‘blinged out’ minerals gallery inside the Visitor Centre, and the Chatterbox Café, where you can enjoy a sandwich and a hazelnut latte.

The museum also features a multi-sensory, special effects BOOM! show that brings the colossal Mill No. 3 building thundering back to life. The award-winning BOOM! show was designed by producers who have worked on projects for Universal Studios and Hollywood productions, and is a thrilling, action-packed experience that shares the heart-warming stories of the people of Britannia Mine and the copper extraction process of Mill No. 3.

This year, the museum is celebrating 100 years of its Mill No. 3 building, which was designated a Canadian National Historic Site in 1987. The 20-storey Mill No. 3 building was an architectural feat of engineering at its time, built on the side of Mount Sheer at Britannia Beach over a period of 18 months and completed in 1923.

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© Courtesy of Brittania Mine Museum

The museum’s feature exhibit, “100 Years of Mill No. 3,” delves into how the Mill served as the heartbeat of the Britannia community, its history, technological innovations, and its significant role in contributing to British Columbia’s economic well-being until the mine’s closure in 1974.

Immersed in history as one of the world’s most productive copper mines in the 1930s, the museum connects visitors to the past, present and future of Canadian mining. Here, people can explore and learn about the remarkable lives of the more than 60,000 people from over 50 countries who worked and lived at the Britannia Mine town sites.

It is popular amongst school groups as the museum is a STEAM Education Partner, providing unique, entertaining and memorable curriculum-based educational experiences that consider the relevance and impact of resource management and geologic exploration.

The Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages, offering awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Located along the scenic Sea to Sky corridor/Hwy 99 between Squamish and Vancouver, this award-winning attraction and National Historic Site will exceed your expectations.

The Britannia Mine Museum is open daily. Visit for hours and tour times.

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Just like miners back in 1914, you’ll board our mine train and rumble inside an early haulage tunnel. Inside, our engaging team of interpreters will demonstrate actual mining equipment, teach you about Britannia’s quest for copper, and allow you to experience the mine’s working conditions.


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