The Britannia Mine Museum is a fantastic attraction!  The museum is incredibly well put together with loads of components for all ages.  The start of the museum has a great kids’ corner.  Our boys couldn’t get enough of the train-pulley station.  They’d still be there if we’d have allowed it!  Of course the most impressive part of the museum is the guided tour through the actual mine itself.  You haven’t experienced pitch-black until the lights are turned off inside a mountain.  I was especially impressed by our tour guide.  She made sure our 2 boys were well prepared for every stage of the tour.  No loud noises were made without ample warning; she told us what to expect at each stage of the tour; her information was fascinating to both children and adults alike.

After the guided tour, we took our photo by the massive dump truck.  Every Vancouver family needs to have one of these photos!  Even standing next to that thing I still couldn’t compute how truly big it is; could you even imagine driving it?!  Be sure to take time to check out the gold panning station.  I am immensely skilled at finding gold…fool’s gold.  My husband, however, did find a few flecks of real gold.  Nothing that will fund our retirement, but fun none-the-less.  We spent an hour and a half at the Britannia Mine Museum; in all honesty my husband and I could have happily spent much more time.  The Britannina Mine Museum has been added to our must-do-annually list.  Every year our kids will get more and more out of the experience!

Britannia Mine Museum:

Date: open 7 days a week
Time: 9am – 5pm
Where: Britannia Beach, on the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99), 45 minutes north of Vancouver, just south of Squamish and approximately 45 minutes south of Whistler.
Address: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
Website: www.britanniaminemuseum.ca