Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish (Picture BC photo)

Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish

(Picture BC photo)


Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

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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3 Historic & Heritage Sites in Squamish

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Britannia Mine Museum - Britannia Beach

Hwy 99
Britannia Beach, British Columbia
V0N 1J0

Last century, it was a working mine. It turned out massive amounts of copper & other minerals. Today, it's a National Historic Site & a bustling, award-winning Museum, turning out awe-inspiring sights & memorable family experiences.

So much to see & do. Take a trip similar to miners in 1914. Climb aboard our mine train & chug into a real haulage tunnel. Inside, tour guides describe early mining efforts with actual working drills. Pan for real gold! Wander freely & examine much of the mine's equipment left intact. Come on up. See why Trip Advisor gave it 4.5 stars! To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Watch for signs mid-way to Whistler.


Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4

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 & gift shop. 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!

Venue rental available for private receptions, weddings & events. Please view floor plans & capacity charts on our website.


West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Squamish

39645 Government Rd
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0B6

Home of the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, as well as Western Canada's largest collection of Heritage Railway equipment, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park is located at Squamish. Ride the 3 km Miniature Railway. Climb aboard snowplows, cabooses & locomotives. Learn how Canada's mail was processed on rails in the only authentic restored Railway Post Office car in Canada. Town centre featuring the Brightbill Heritage House & the Squamish station designed in 1915, but not built until 2000. Please call ahead to confirm information for special events.

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