March 2, 2011
BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM
$14.7 million makeover transforms a mining legacy.
Just 10 minutes south of Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway the Britannia Mine Museum offers a vast array of activities, exhibits and hands-on fun designed for adults and children alike.
Mining began on this site in 1904. The mine was closed in the early 70's, The first museum there open in the 80's. Later in 1988 it was designated a National Historic Site and then the mine and surrounding area was completely restored in 2007.
As a visitor, you can follow the footsteps of other miners and climb aboard the underground train which rumbles into an authentic tunnel. Stories of the miners will be shared, there will be mining demonstratons and later, you can pan for real gold.
The outstanding 20 story Mill building captivates. During the restoration in 2007, each of the 14,416 panes of glass was hand-puttied into the frames!
This outstanding museum can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Be sure to pay a visit and take your out-of-town visitors. there is much to see and do.