Tourism Squamish

Family Fun Day Event at Britannia Mine Museum

Celebrate BC Mining Week with Family Fun Day

As part of BC Mining Week, the Britannia Mine Museum is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a family-friendly event focused on fun, hands-on and educational activities recognizing the contributions of modern mining to British Columbians. BC Mining Week takes place May 14-20 with events taking place all over British Columbia, recognizing and celebrating the importance of mining as one of BC’s largest and oldest industries.

At Britannia Mine Museum’s Family Fun Day, visitors of all ages can enjoy various entertaining activities from several Earth Science organizations including:

  • Interactive mineral activities from MineralsEd to learn about fossils and minerals
  • Explore the world of geoscience with hands-on activities from Below BC
  • Climb aboard a Finning loader 
  • Face painting, a costume photo booth, live drilling demos, build your own terrarium
  • Hang out in the Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department fire truck

I Heart Carbon Exhibit

The Britannia Mine Museum is also launching its summer “I HEART Carbon” exhibit which runs from now until end of September, exploring the complexities of an element that’s all around and through us: carbon. From what is carbon, how it shapes the world we live, how it has been used throughout history, CO2 emissions, to innovations that capture and convert carbon compounds such as CO2 into assets and the future of carbon, just to name a few.

The “I HEART Carbon” exhibit also features several innovative Canadian companies who are bringing carbon innovations to life.

Carbon Engineering Ltd., Squamish, BC – Carbon Engineering is currently building the world’s first industrial pilot plant in Squamish to explore whether atmospheric carbon dioxide could be used to produce gasoline, diesel and other transportation fuels, which are cleaning burning than fossil fuels. www.carbonengineering.com

Fraser Valley Biogas, Abbotsford, BC – Fraser Valley Biogas was the first facility in North America to produce and supply renewable natural gas to customers, turning farm waste into natural gas and organic fertilizers. www.fraservalleybiogas.ca

Terra CO2 Technologies, Vancouver, BC – Terro CO2 Technologies is developing the technology for the conversion and long-term storage of excess atmospheric CO2 and acid rock drainage by reacting it with metal sulphide minerals to produce stable metal carbonate compounds and saleable sulphur by-products. www.terraco2.com

The “I HEART Carbon” exhibit is part of Canada’s Innovation150 program, a signature initiative of the Government of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations in honour of the country’s 150th birthday, by showcasing Canadian innovations of the past, and focuses on innovations that drive our future. 

About the Britianna Mine Museum

The Britannia Mine Museum has an important role in educating the public about the contributions of mining and minerals to society, the 113-year history of the storied Britannia Beach community and the ideas and practices of environmental renewal and sustainability.

The Britannia Mine Museum provides unique and memorable experiences that engage visitors of all ages. Visitors can enjoy fun exhibits and crowd favourites like the underground mine train, the historic 20-storey concentrator mill and gold panning, and learn about Britannia’s history as one of the largest copper mines in the British Commonwealth in the 1930s.

Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum is generously supported by Finning Canada and JDS Energy & Mining.  

The Britannia Mine Museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guided tours throughout the day (last tour at 3 p.m.). Visit www.britanniaminemuseum.ca for more details or call 1-800-896-4044 for more information.

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