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Britannia Mine Museum is off Hwy. 99/Sea to Sky Hwy., following signs. The Britannia Mine was an important 20th-century copper mining site during its 70-year existence. The company town included libraries, swimming pools and a gym, and social events were held throughout the year.

The towering 20-story 1923 mill building, through which the ore would move as it was crushed and the valuable minerals separated from the rest of the rock, is now a museum. Visitors can explore 17 historic buildings containing mining artifacts which document the history of the site, and other items depicting the social history of mining communities. The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame is in the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre where interactive displays offer a look into Canadian mining. BOOM is a multi-sensory, live-action show with more than 30 speakers, multiple screens and special effects.

A 45-minute underground mine tunnel tour aboard a mine train is a highlight of the museum, which chronicles mining history through hands-on demonstrations and exhibits. On site is an 800,000 pound super mine truck. Gold panning is included with admission.

Note: The tunnel temperature is a constant 12 C (54 F); warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Hard hats are provided.

Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.

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