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BC Mining Week 2013: Britannia Mine Family Day

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 — 11:34am PDT
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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

Britannia Mine Museum, Media Tour Day 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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RT to enter to win passes to @BritanniaMine from @Miss604

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. Paula says:

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

  2. Alan says:

    This would be so much fun!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Have wanted to go.

  4. Gigi says:

    This would be a fun date!

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

  6. Kevin says:

    pick me!

  7. Lori says:

    We want to go to this!!

  8. Dan says:

    Love to take the family

  9. Sandra says:

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

  10. Antonio says:

    Sound like a good day for the family

  11. Darcy says:

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

  12. Bonnie says:

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

  13. Marianne says:

    A Natural History moment!

  14. Chris says:

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

  15. Anthony says:

    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. leah says:

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

  17. Michael says:

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

  18. Zlata says:

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

  19. Ursula says:

    My kids love the Mining Museum!

  20. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  21. Stephanie says:

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

  22. Erin says:

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

  23. Gary says:

    Would love to take family to this

  24. Shirley says:

    That would be a fun family outing.

  25. Cyndi says:

    never been, would like to win

  26. Mag says:

    I drove by so many times but have never been.

  27. Anna says:

    would love to go

  28. Dennis says:

    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. Judy says:

    Would love to take my grandsons to the mines!

  30. Stotes says:

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

  31. Sean says:

    My nephew would like this.

  32. Karen says:

    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. jan says:

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

  34. CRYSTAL says:

    i would like to go !

  35. Leanne M says:

    I would love to take my kids here

  36. Brenda A says:

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

  37. Michelle W. says:

    I’ve always wanted to go!

  38. Tanya says:

    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!

  39. Julia says:

    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!

  40. Andy C. says:

    Deep thoughts.

  41. Kelly Krol says:

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

  42. Ruby says:

    would like to go

  43. Neena says:

    Never been would be interesting

  44. Khai Lam says:

    I’ve never been. Sounds cool.

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