Spring Break at Britannia Mine Museum: Mini Mud Monsters

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Get your hands dirty at Spring Break at the Britannia Mine Museum with the fun, family-friendly, interpreter-led Mini Mud Monsters special educational programming inside their Terra Lab STEAM learning space.

Spring Break Britannia Mine Museum Mini Mud Monsters
Britannia Mine Museum’s “Live in the Lab: Mini Mud Monsters” STEAM learning sessions is a great Spring Break option for families. Photo submitted.

Spring Break at Britannia Mine Museum: Mini Mud Monsters

  • Where: 150 Copper Dr, Britannia Beach
    • Located 45 minutes north of Vancouver on the picturesque Sea-to-Sky highway
  • When: Wednesdays to Sundays (March 15-19 & March 22-26) 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Admission: General admission tickets and annual memberships are available online

Live in the Lab: Mini Mud Monsters drop-in sessions inside the Terra Lab will focus on the important environmental remediation lessons of the Britannia Mine due to acid rock drainage, which occurs naturally when rainwater reacts with oxygen and exposed minerals.

Participants will meet tiny organisms from nearby Britannia Creek and learn how they help us understand the impacts of mining on local ecosystems. Located up the mountain from the Museum, Britannia Creek is a freshwater body that empties into Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem, Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region. Dissolved metals from the mine due to acid rock drainage were once a significant source of pollution and Britannia Creek was heavily impacted. Skimming the creek for insect life and looking for pollution-intolerant species can help demonstrate the positive impacts of the Epcor Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant, which has significantly improved water quality since 2005.

The Museum’s Terra Lab is an exhibit and STEAM programming space that allows for public and student engagement on the innovative exploration of sustainable mining, environmental remediation and our move towards sustainable resource extraction.

100 Years of the Mill

The Museum is also celebrating 100 Years of the Mill this year, paying homage to the iconic 20-storey Mill No. 3 building, a National Historic Site which was built in 1923. Throughout this year, the Museum will celebrate the Mill’s history through an exhibition and events which highlight the technology and engineering developed within it, the impacts it made to the mine’s operations and the memories it has for people within the community. More details of the Mill’s Centennial to come in the following weeks.

Britannia Mine Museum
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The Britannia Mine Museum provides unique and memorable experiences that engage visitors of all ages. Enjoy fun exhibits and crowd favourites like the underground mine train, gold panning, the historic 20-storey concentrator Mill building and its BOOM! special effects show, the minerals and gem gallery, the gift shop and the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre.

Follow the Britannia Mine Museum on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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