Tourism Squamish

'More Than A Mine: Recreation in a Mining Town' Exhibit

This summer enjoy a nostalgic historical throwback to how the Britannia Beach residents enjoyed their recreational life during the mining days, and how social gathering helped strengthen and build resiliancy of a remote mining town.

Running May 20th to September 5th, 2022, the 'More Than A Mine: Recreation in a Mining Town' summer exhibit rediscovers what recreational life was like at the two Squamish region mining communities, Mount Sheer Townsite and The Britannia Beach. Drawn from the museum's historic collection and archives, the exhibit showcases previosly unseen objects, photographs and films which highlight the wholesome, unique community culture and traditions that strengthened the remote towns and made Britannia an enjoyable place to live.

“Reflecting on the past two years, we felt it was important to look back at how the Britannia residents kept up their active community life in isolation,” says Laura Minta Holland, Curator of Collections and Engagement at the Britannia Mine Museum. “The Britannia residents created family-friendly environments where the community celebrated and supported each other which built and strengthened their sense of community.”

More than 60,000 people from over 50 different countries around the world lived and worked at Britannia between 1904-1974 when it operated as a copper mine. The Britannia community was largely isolated from the rest of the world and was only accessible by boat.

The mining company made sure there were plenty of recreational facilities and events for workers and their families. Facilities included libraries, a movie theatre, club rooms, billiard rooms, tennis courts, bowling alley and even a heated swimming pool. A thriving social calendar saw sporting events, theatrical productions, dances, movies, and parties held throughout the year.

The exhibit is available via general admission tickets to the Britannia Mine Museum and annual memberships.

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 Copper Quest underground mine train, gold panning, the historic 20-storey concentrator Mill building and its BOOM! special effects show, the Terralab STEAM learning space, the minerals and gem gallery, and the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre.

Full Schedule

May 20, 2022May 21, 2022May 22, 2022May 23, 2022May 24, 2022May 25, 2022May 26, 2022May 27, 2022May 28, 2022May 29, 2022May 30, 2022May 31, 2022June 01, 2022June 02, 2022June 03, 2022June 04, 2022June 05, 2022June 06, 2022June 07, 2022June 08, 2022June 09, 2022June 10, 2022June 11, 2022June 12, 2022June 13, 2022June 14, 2022June 15, 2022June 16, 2022June 17, 2022June 18, 2022June 19, 2022June 20, 2022June 21, 2022June 22, 2022June 23, 2022June 24, 2022June 25, 2022June 26, 2022June 27, 2022June 28, 2022June 29, 2022June 30, 2022July 01, 2022July 02, 2022July 03, 2022July 04, 2022July 05, 2022July 06, 2022July 07, 2022July 08, 2022July 09, 2022July 10, 2022July 11, 2022July 12, 2022July 13, 2022July 14, 2022July 15, 2022July 16, 2022July 17, 2022July 18, 2022July 19, 2022July 20, 2022July 21, 2022July 22, 2022July 23, 2022July 24, 2022July 25, 2022July 26, 2022July 27, 2022July 28, 2022July 29, 2022July 30, 2022July 31, 2022August 01, 2022August 02, 2022August 03, 2022August 04, 2022August 05, 2022August 06, 2022August 07, 2022August 08, 2022August 09, 2022August 10, 2022August 11, 2022August 12, 2022August 13, 2022August 14, 2022August 15, 2022August 16, 2022August 17, 2022August 18, 2022August 19, 2022August 20, 2022August 21, 2022August 22, 2022August 23, 2022August 24, 2022August 25, 2022August 26, 2022August 27, 2022August 28, 2022August 29, 2022August 30, 2022August 31, 2022September 01, 2022September 02, 2022September 03, 2022September 04, 2022September 05, 2022

Experiences

Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Beach

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