BC Mining Week 2013: Britannia Mine Family Day

Comments 45 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s BC Mining Week and across the province communities are hosting luncheons and festivals to celebrate one of the province’s oldest and largest industries. In partnership with the Mining Association of BC, I still have an iPad Mini up for grabs (until May 7th) and this weekend one of the biggest local events is Family Fun Day, taking place at Britannia Mine.

Arriving at the Mining Museum
Photo credit: Stv. on Flickr

Britannia Mine Family Day

Touring around the Britannia Mine Museum reminds me of some of the amazing places we used to explore while on family camping trips across southwestern BC. There is history, awesome machinery, spectacular scenery, hands-on opportunities (to get a bit dirty), and an environmental component especially at Britannia.

Britannia Mine Museum, Media Tour Day

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Britannia Mine Media Day Tour
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Family Fun Day (a part of BC Mining Week) takes place Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Britannia Mine, which is just along the Sea to Sky Highway before you reach Squamish — if you see the Stewamus Chief you’ve gone too far but it’s very hard to miss.

Activities will include gold panning races, chocolate chip cookie exploration, and all of the museum’s attractions like the famous guided underground experience. A blacksmith will also be on hand and you can check out the old mining town’s buildings, learn about the geology of the area and the science of mining, and how steps have been taken to clean up the water at Britannia Beach over the years.

“The Britannia Mine Museum represents a popular attraction for BC residents and tourists with a mission to educate the public about mining. In 2012, the Museum received several prestigious awards including BEST ATTRACTION in the Sea to Sky region as well as a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE from TripAdvisor.”

Britannia Mine Media Day Tour
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Check out the Britannia Mine Museum website for your admission coupon for Family Fun Day and enter to win a 4-pack of passes to visit the mine any other time this year (that it’s open). Here’s how:

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I will draw 2 winners, who will each receive a 4-pack of passes, on Friday, May 10, 2013. Follow Britannia Mine Museum on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this iconic attraction just off Howe Sound.

Update The winners are Dennis & Stotes!

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  1. PaulaFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 11:41am PDT

    Would love to take my kids here! I remember visiting as a kid.

  2. AlanFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 11:46am PDT

    This would be so much fun!

  3. StephanieFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 12:49pm PDT

    Have wanted to go.

  4. GigiFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 12:58pm PDT

    This would be a fun date!

  5. Lori-Airbnb SuperhostFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 1:06pm PDT

    This is an amazing attraction…I was there 10 years ago and loved it!

  6. KevinFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 1:33pm PDT

    pick me!

  7. LoriFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 1:50pm PDT

    We want to go to this!!

  8. DanFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 1:51pm PDT

    Love to take the family

  9. SandraFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 2:37pm PDT

    Have never been and would love the go! The kids (and parents) would be thrilled!

  10. AntonioFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 2:58pm PDT

    Sound like a good day for the family

  11. DarcyFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 6:48pm PDT

    I’d really enjoy this,my wife’s mom grew up on Mount Sheer near Britannia!

  12. BonnieFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 8:43pm PDT

    I have never gone but it is at the top of my list of places to visit.

  13. MarianneFriday, May 3rd, 2013 — 11:47pm PDT

    A Natural History moment!

  14. ChrisSaturday, May 4th, 2013 — 7:52am PDT

    I’d love to make this prize mine (see what I did there?).

  15. AnthonySaturday, May 4th, 2013 — 4:51pm PDT

    I have never been. My wife went when she was a little girl, on a school field trip. I would love to experience it, and I know my wife has fond memories of her visit. Fingers crossed for a win.

  16. leahSaturday, May 4th, 2013 — 6:36pm PDT

    i’d love to take my mom, she grew up in brittania beach!

  17. MichaelSaturday, May 4th, 2013 — 7:04pm PDT

    It’s my birthday in Mid May… surrrrre would love to visit the Mining Museum!!!!

  18. ZlataSunday, May 5th, 2013 — 5:06pm PDT

    I have never been there,it would be fun to visit the Mining Museum.

  19. UrsulaSunday, May 5th, 2013 — 5:54pm PDT

    My kids love the Mining Museum!

  20. Teresa KSunday, May 5th, 2013 — 6:15pm PDT

    I’d love to win.

  21. StephanieSunday, May 5th, 2013 — 11:01pm PDT

    I’ve always wanted to go there with my family. Looks like it would be a great way to spend time together.

  22. ErinMonday, May 6th, 2013 — 10:39am PDT

    My husband and I really want to take my daughter, this would be a great family day!

  23. GaryMonday, May 6th, 2013 — 11:00am PDT

    Would love to take family to this

  24. ShirleyMonday, May 6th, 2013 — 8:41pm PDT

    That would be a fun family outing.

  25. CyndiMonday, May 6th, 2013 — 9:25pm PDT

    never been, would like to win

  26. MagTuesday, May 7th, 2013 — 9:21am PDT

    I drove by so many times but have never been.

  27. AnnaTuesday, May 7th, 2013 — 11:01pm PDT

    would love to go

  28. DennisTuesday, May 7th, 2013 — 11:18pm PDT

    My kids love adventures. they would love this! I still remember when I visited when I was a kid and it was so exciting.

  29. JudyWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 12:15am PDT

    Would love to take my grandsons to the mines!

  30. StotesWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 6:13am PDT

    I would love to go–I remember the museum from the X-Files.

  31. SeanWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 8:33am PDT

    My nephew would like this.

  32. KarenWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 10:47am PDT

    I went here on a field trip as a child in the 70s. So cool, haven’t been back since but they seem to have done a HUGE renovation job, as it looks amazing!!!

  33. janWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 5:17pm PDT

    I have to admit that I have not heard of this!

  34. CRYSTALWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 7:48pm PDT

    i would like to go !

  35. Leanne MWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 9:33pm PDT

    I would love to take my kids here

  36. Leanne MWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 9:34pm PDT


  37. Brenda AWednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 11:45pm PDT

    Would love to take the family there, what a great place to visit. My great grandfather worked there many moons ago.

  38. Michelle W.Thursday, May 9th, 2013 — 8:54am PDT

    I’ve always wanted to go!

  39. TanyaThursday, May 9th, 2013 — 3:20pm PDT

    I’ve driven by here a bunch of times and have always been curious about it. The kids are finally old enough to get something out of it, so it would be so great to get to go!

  40. JuliaThursday, May 9th, 2013 — 4:03pm PDT

    We were actually just talking about this mine the other day. I am due to give birth in less than a week but we were planning on taking a ride up and seeing the mine later in the summer with our 2-1/2 year old daughter and our soon-to-be new addition! This would be awesome to win!

  41. Andy C.Thursday, May 9th, 2013 — 7:16pm PDT

    Deep thoughts.

  42. Kelly KrolThursday, May 9th, 2013 — 9:57pm PDT

    It went as a kid and would love to take my kids now:o)

  43. RubyThursday, May 9th, 2013 — 10:41pm PDT

    would like to go

  44. NeenaFriday, May 10th, 2013 — 10:51am PDT

    Never been would be interesting

  45. Khai LamFriday, May 10th, 2013 — 11:10pm PDT

    I’ve never been. Sounds cool.

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