Go Inside Vancouver, Literally: Tour the Britannia Mine Museum

photo: Britannia Mine Museum

photo: Britannia Mine Museum

Ready to put on a hardhat and plunge a few hundred feet below a Vancouver-area landmark?

The Britannia Mine, situated less than an hour outside the city, was once the largest copper mine in the entire British Empire. From 1904-1974, around 60,000 workers labored here, digging a tunnel network more than 120 miles long. Now it’s your turn to take a peek inside. Continue reading:
Go Inside Vancouver, Literally: Tour the Britannia Mine Museum

Underneath Vancouver: Venturing into the Britannia Mine

Britannia Mine Museum | britanniaminemuseum.ca

Britannia Mine Museum | britanniaminemuseum.ca

More than a century ago, one of the largest copper mines on the planet opened just north of Vancouver. From 1904-1974, an estimated 60,000 workers labored inside the famous Britannia Mine, excavating a mammoth tunnel system more than 120 miles long.

Are you ready to take a peek inside?

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Underneath Vancouver: Venturing into the Britannia Mine

Featured Attraction of the Week: Britannia Mine Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Britannia Mine Museum

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The Britannia Mine Museum is the real thing – an authentic mine transformed into an award winning National Historic Site. It is the only place in BC where you can go from Sea to Sky to under the earth. Join your guide turned miner aboard a mine train and rumble into a dark portal to 100 years ago.
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Britannia Mine Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

Vancouver has a wealth of museums and galleries, but while any and all can appeal to a range of adults and older children—from art lovers to history buffs to true-crime fans—not all Vancouver museums are fun for younger kids, especially kids who aren’t old enough to “look but don’t touch.” For kids ten and under, being able to interact with the exhibits, to explore with their hands, to run around, is quintessential to their enjoyment of any given space. Luckily, Vancouver has several museums that offer exactly the kind of imaginative play that appeals to the youngest visitors.

Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

1. Science World British Columbia
One of the best indoor attractions in Vancouver for younger kids, Science World is chock full of interactive exhibits that help kids learn and explore the world of science; it’s also the only Vancouver museum with a designated play area for kids 1 – 3 years old (Kidspace). The featured exhibits—like this month’s Medieval Mayhem—always offer some type of interaction and the permanent Eureka! physics gallery is a veritable playground for all ages, where even the youngest tots can dance on keyboards, launch balls into the air, spin on turn tables, and play “invisible” harp strings.

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Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival at Britannia Mine Museum

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the re-invented Britannia Mine Museum—it recently had a $14.7 million makeover and now boasts lots of fun activities, including panning for gold and an underground mine train—the annual Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival is the perfect excuse to visit.

The Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival is the signature summer event at the Britannia Mine Museum. The festival showcases local artists, artisans, musicians, and performers and features arts and crafts with a “copper, fire and mined materials” theme. The art works are displayed throughout the museum and range from copper and bronze sculptures to jewelry to gunpowder paintings.

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Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival at Britannia Mine Museum