Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Ready to dig a little deeper and get on track with the history of Squamish?
Two major historic and heritage sites draw visitors to this Howe Sound-area municipality: the Britannia Mine Museum and the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.
Britannia Mine Museum
Visit the Britannia Mine Museum to discover the inner workings of what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Located in Britannia Beach on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99), the Britannia Beach Mine operated between 1904 and 1974, opened as a museum in 1975, and received the status of a National Historic Site in 1988.
On the museum's Underground Adventure, visitors can pan for gold (keeping what they find), take an underground mining train ride through a tunnel that naturally maintains a temperature of 12°C/58°F year-round, check out dynamiting and drill operations, and admire the huge, 1923-built gravity concentrator mill.
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Britannia Beach, British Columbia
A multi-million dollar make-over transformed this historic mine into a multi-award winning (2012 Mining and Sustainability Award) museum and National Historic Site. Just like miners, visitors don hardhats then climb aboard an underground train and experience a day in the life of a hard rock miner. Many surprises await, as you explore what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Site includes "Groundbreaking" film, touchscreen exhibits, displays of rare minerals, entrance into the massive mill, gift shop and a unique opportunity to pan for gold. To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.
4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a Great Hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe offering infusions of First Nations indigenous fare & a spectacular gift shop showcasing authentic local art, jewellery, literature, housewares, clothing, etc. Our exhibit map is available in several languages. This world-class attraction is a fun, family-friendly activity that provides a genuine cultural experience. Check our website for programming updates & special events. Visit our online art gallery for our full store online!
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