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Deep into the Britannia Mine Museum

We went deep into Canada’s Britannia Mine Museum and it may just be the coolest mine we’ve been into.

The Britannia Mine Museum is a massive 20-story relic just 10 minutes south of Squamish along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Unless you happen to be asleep in the passenger side of your vehicle, the building is hard to miss.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

We stopped by the Britannia Mine Museum on our overnight road trip to Squamish. Entrance to the museum includes the mine tour and since we had half an hour until the next tour, we perused the various buildings filled with displays and old mining equipment.

Mining Tools inside the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

The museum is chockfull of hands-on exhibitions for big kids…

TNT at the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

These tires are wheely big.

Giant wheels at the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Machines at the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

And here we have a big old thingy-ma-bobber with rotating cogs. Don’t quote me on that one though.

Machinery at the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Mining carts at the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

Inside the massive lime tank.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

The Britannia Mine was one of largest sources of copper in Canada. The mine has been in production since 1906 however the most prominent building that currently stands is called Mill 3, which opened in 1923 after Mill 2 burned to the ground. Mining operations ceased in 1974 due to struggling profits (from various reasons ranging from the Great Depression, WWII, strikes, etc).

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

We enjoy the old X-Files episodes and will have to go back to see the episodes that were filmed at the Britannia Mine Museum.

X-files display at the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

Oversized catheter? I hope not.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

Stairs to the tour meeting location.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

Beautiful views of Britannia Beach from the tour meeting location.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Tickets to the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Underground tour of the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Underground tour of the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

One of the things we enjoyed on this mine tour is that the tour guide demonstrated machinery in operation, like this drill that made a lot of loud noise.

Drill holes in the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Candle light in the underground tour of the Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

The last core shed standing at the mine, filled with rock samples.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum

Miners would have to climb these 375 steps next to the old skip car rail every day.

Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky Highway, near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia, Canada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/britannia-mine-museum
Britannia Mine Museum Overview
Coordinates / Address
1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0, Canada
Fees / Permit
(Canadian) Adults $29.95; 65+ $26.95; Age 13-17 $23.95; Age 5-12 $18.95
Things to Note
Much of the tour is a walking tour and also requires traversing some 45 stairs.
Usage
Heavy
Pets allowed
No
Camera Info
Camera Canon 6D + iPhone 7+
Lens Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II

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