In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary, The Britannia Mine Museum is the recipient of a $1.4 million funding contribution from the Government of Canada towards the rehabilitation of the Mill Building, a National Historic Site on the Sea to Sky highway, as well as several other historic buildings that support the Museum’s popular education and tourism programs.
The Government of Canada funding, alongside another $2.8 million the Museum has fundraised from a supportive BC mining industry, will enable the Museum to further its programs and add an immersive multi-media Mill Show attraction that will tell the captivating story of the wide-ranging importance of the Mill when it was fully operational from the 1920’s until its closing in 1974. The new Mill Show will be completed for launch during the summer of 2019.
One of the last gravity-fed concentrator Mills left in North America, the 20-storey Mill Building is an iconic feature that many recognize as they drive along the Sea-to-Sky highway. The Mill literally “rocked and rolled” in its hey day as it received raw ore from 200km of underground tunnels and produced copper and zinc concentrates to be shipped offshore for processing into metals. In fact, the Britannia Mine was the largest copper producer in the British Commonwealth in the late 1920s.
The Britannia Mine Museum is open seven days a week all year round from 9am to 5pm with guided tours throughout the day. Visit www.britanniaminemuseum.ca for more details.