Celebrate BC Mining Week with Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum

by Keith Powell
Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum.

Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum. — Photo courtesy britanniaminemuseum.ca

Britannia Beach, BC – As part of BC Mining Week, the Britannia Mine Museum is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 14th, an event focused on recognizing the contributions of modern mining to British Columbians. BC Mining Week takes place May 8-14 with events taking place all over British Columbia, recognizing and celebrating the importance of mining as one of BC’s largest and oldest industries.

At Family Fun Day, visitors of all ages can enjoy various entertaining activities from several Earth Science organizations including:

  • Interactive mineral workshops from MineralsEd like make your own fossil imprints
  • Explore the world of geoscience with hands-on activities from Below BC
  • Science based water activities exploring the unique properties of H2O
  • Live performances by the Sansho Daiko Japanese Drummers
  • Climb aboard a Finning loader
  • Face painting, a costume photo booth, and cookie mining
  • Hang out in the Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department fire truck

The Museum will also debut its new 2016 summer exhibit, Water: Beneath the Surface, which examines the complex world of H2O. The exhibit includes fun, interactive displays and experiments exploring the hidden talent of water, how it shapes the land around us, and the role it plays in creating some of the most extreme and fascinating environments on our planet.

The Britannia Mine Museum has an important role in educating the public about the contributions of mining and minerals to society, the 112-year history of the storied Britannia Beach community and the ideas and practices of environmental renewal and sustainability.

The Britannia Mine Museum provides unique and memorable experiences that engage visitors of all ages. Visitors can enjoy fun exhibits and crowd favourites like the underground mine train, the historic 20-storey concentrator mill and gold panning, and learn about Britannia’s history as one of the largest copper mines in the British Commonwealth in the 1930s.

Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum is generously supported by Finning Canada, JDS Energy & Mining and Mark Platt, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Britannia Mine Museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guided tours throughout the day (last tour at 3 p.m.). Visit www.britanniaminemuseum.ca for more details or call 1-800-896-4044 for more information.

About the Britannia Mine Museum:

The Britannia Mine Museum is a mining legacy site and a vibrant, internationally recognized education and tourist destination located between Vancouver and Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky highway. It is a National Historic Site and a non-profit organization encouraging mining awareness through entertaining, experiential education programs and exhibits, important historic collection preservation and insightful public engagement that allows guests to leave with a better understanding of mining in BC; past, present and future. www.britanniaminemuseum.ca.  

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