Vancouver – Britannia Mine Museum
Overdue post on a MUST VISIT museum in Vancouver – Britannia Mine Museum!
When Jeff’s father Brian was out west visiting us from Ontario last month, Jeff, his brother Benj, Brian + I had an outing day – tra la la!!!! In the morning we had a buffet breakfast at Cloud 9. Located on the 42nd floor of The Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson street, Cloud 9 is famous for it’s 360 degree revolving restaurant. BUT NOTE!!!!! The restaurant DOES NOT revolve at breakfast! Nay! Still doesn’t matter! The views are BAZONKERS!!!! Here’s the three Fayle dudes at Cloud 9.
Bellies filled with mediocre buffet fare, we headed north on the 99 for Brittania Beach. It’s about a 45 minute trip from downtown Vancouver on a moderately windy road, but so gorgeous it’ll make you weep.
The Sea-to-Sky Highway they like to call it. Rightly so. Here, here!
Of course the first thing we did when we arrived is high tail it to the underground tour!!! We were all required to wear hard hats on the tour! Score! Any tour that requires me to don a hard hat is my kinda tour!!!
Here is our extremely informative tour guide dressed as a miner (rad) demonstrating various drilling instruments that were used throughout the years when the mine was operating. It was VERY LOUD. I can’t imagine constantly listening to the din of drilling for 8 hours straight.
PARENTS HEED MY WARNING!!!! If your child is six years old or younger DON’T TAKE THEM ON THE UNDERGROUND TOUR!!!!! I BEG YOU! There was one poor little girl the wailed + screamed + cried the entire time. Which, to be quite honest became pretty annoying.
And here he is after I got finished with him on CatPaint.
BWA HAH HA!!!!! If you don’t have that app yet, GET IT. Awesome times.
Another building housed information about the unique insular community of Britannia Beach. What makes the town so fascinating was the fact that this isolated town could only be accessed by boat or ferry until 1956 when the rail line was completed. Being a close knit community, they placed a huge emphasis on a myriad of social events. One being the annual Copper Queen Day! Ladies + gentlemen, the crown!!!!!
Takes a lot of patience + shake, shake, shaking of the pan! We found some hematite + fools’ gold!
One could spend an entire day at Britannia Mine Museum! I would most certainly go back for another visit! If I took a ton of pictures for this post, that means I really LOVED this place! So full of history, stories + hardships!!! I really loved how the museum showcased the human aspect of mining + gave a face to a very dangerous, back breaking profession. GO VISIT!!!!