A former copper mine located about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Britannia Mine Museum is a very interesting and educational place to visit.
Britannia Mine Museum
At the Britannia Mine Museum you can go on a tour deep underground into what in the 1920s was largest copper mine in the British Empire.
Expect to spend one or two hours in total at the museum, between the underground tour and browsing the various exhibits.
Mine Museum Location
Britannia Mine is located at #1 Forbes Way in Britannia Beach which is about 45 minutes north of Vancouver and 15 minutes south of Squamish along the Sea to Sky Highway.
Directions: Head north from Horseshoe Bay along the Sea to Sky Highway. The mine is on the right just 5 minutes past the Furry Creek Golf Resort (which has an exceptional course). If coming from Whistler, the mine will be on your left 10 minutes south of Squamish (and not far past the Stawamus Chief – the giant granite cliff of a mountain which you’re unlikely to miss).
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to the Britannia Mine Museum.
TIP #1: Be sure to do the tour in the mine, which is a highlight of the attraction.
TIP #2: Take a sweater as it is cool underground in the mine. Also, take an umbrella if it’s a rainy day as some of the things to see are outside.
Tip #3: The museum is not wheelchair accessible (at least not the underground mine tour part, which is the most interesting).
TIP #4: Consider visiting other places nearby while you’re in the area. Porteau Cove can be a nice place for a picnic, as are Alice Lake and Shannon Falls. Interested in a serious hike too? Then check out Stawamus Chief (but the back route, not the cliff at the front – unless you’re extremely serious!). For an easy hike and even more spectacular views, take a trip up the Sea to Sky Gondola.
For more information on the museum see the Britannia Mine website.
For a list of other top attractions in the area, click Sea to Sky Region.