Province/Territory: British Columbia

Unearth the Miner In You

  • 210 kilometres of tunnels
  • 500000 ounces of gold
  • 50 nations and cultures

Step off a narrow-gauge mining train and follow your fellow passengers down a dark passage. Lean in as your miner-turned-guide recounts how it feels to scrape the minerals out of this mountain by candlelight.

Imagine this mining town 100 years ago bustling with families from 50 different nations. Toot the mine’s air whistle. Read a miner’s love letter, admire the Copper Queen’s crown, and browse the company store catalogue. Step inside a sluicing shed 20 storeys high, now a National Historic Site. Get the dirt from a miner who worked at the “top, bottom, inside and outside” of the Britannia site for $15 dollars a day. Settle in with a pressed apple cider with some local villagers in the snack shop.

Why you should visit
  • Ride a Britannia Mine Museum train into the side of a mountain.
  • Learn the A, B, Cs of Britannia Beach, once a thriving mining town.
  • Wander a real-life movie set that has hosted more than 50 films and television shows.
  • Push the plunger of a dynamite blasting box to ignite an explosion.
  • Scoop, shake, dip and fill a pan with sandy water to find real gold.
  • Pull over and admire the jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery of the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • Say hello to the Stawarmus Chief mountain rock face, just ten minutes away.

Weather

  • Britannia Beach overlooks the breezy waters of Howe Sound. Temperatures are moderate throughout the year. Temperatures are warm and dry June to September; mild and wet October to February. In winter snow may appear but rarely stays.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Open year round.
  • Summer months munch a picnic lunch overlooking the Howe Sound and Coast Mountains.
  • Watch for seasonal and ongoing cultural exhibits, including the Copper and Fire Arts Festival in August.
  • During winter months feel the moist warmth inside the train tunnel.
Need to know
  • Temperatures vary between the village, tunnel, and mill building - bring an extra sweater.
  • Wear sturdy footwear to explore the site and underground.
  • Demonstrations of mining equipment and be loud - review visitor tips.
  • There are 48 steps up to the underground train platform.
  • Many exhibits are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.
Getting Here
  • Located in the village of Britannia Beach, a 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • Arrive by bus aboard Greyhound or Pacific Coach Lines.
  • On-site parking for cars and RVs.