Britannia Mine Museum
Go for Gold at the Britannia Mine Museum. Located in beautiful Britannia Beach just 10 minutes south of Squamish, this 10-acre award-winning museum and National Historic Site is full of all-ages fun including rock and mineral activities, gold panning, museum tours and an underground mine train that you can ride on yourself. It rocks!
From historical machinery to heritage buildings, the museum houses everything from machines and ore carts to a working Lime Tank along with other reminders of the mining town that once was. Inside the museum’s 1908 Machine Shop you’ll find even more treasures from a restored ambulance car and larger industrial artefacts to the man car, a vehicle about the size of a sedan, that once held 16 miners.
This incredible building is the reason behind the Britannia Mine Museum’s designation as a National Historic Site. Inside this stunning industrial landmark is where the ore was once processed.
Experience what life as a miner would have been like in 1914 by climbing aboard the museum’s mine train that will take you inside an early haulage tunnel where you’ll find actual working drills and a mucking machine. Good to Know: Temperatures underground average about 12 degrees Celsius. A sweater or light jacket is recommended.
Gold Panning Pavilion
It’s finders-keepers in the museum’s gold panning area where you’ll find panning troughs at various heights for visitors young and old to go for the gold.
Family Play Area
The Britannia Mine Museum is fully-equipped for family fun with a giant sand pit, playground boat and a snack area with nearby amenities.
Britannia A to Z Historical Exhibits
Learn what life in a mining town was really like in this beautifully-restored heritage building where you’ll find stories, archived photos and the original throne used in the Copper Queen pageant.
Minerals & Society in the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre
This hands-on exhibit area has been specifically designed for little ones, with a Kids Playce, award-winning film screenings, gold and mineral displays and interactive touch screens for an up-close look at the valuable world of mining. There’s even a Mining Hall of Fame!