Britannia Mine Museum and Epcor Water Treatment Plant Guided Tour
Thursday, April 16
Less than a hundred years ago, this was the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, it’s a National Historic Site and a bustling, award-winning Museum. The Britannia Mine Museum was established in 1971 to preserve the material and social history of mining in British Columbia, and to educate the public about mining. The Museum presents BC’s mining history and the mine’s successful environmental remediation from acid rock drainage pollutants.
Tour will depart from the conference venue, Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel.
Mine Tunnel and Mill Guided Tour
You will go on a 45 minute tour that includes a train ride into the early-haulage mine tunnel. The interpreter will explain the miners’ working conditions and demonstrate the drills and equipment that were used in the early 20th century. You will then continue into the Mill, an impressive structure with dramatic industrial interior, built into the mountain-side, one of the last gravity-fed Mills in North America. The interpreter will explain how the Mill operated, how rocks were transported and crushed, and how minerals were extracted.
Browse the exhibits around the site, including A-Z of Britannia, the 1908 Machine Shop, and the Minerals & Society exhibits in the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre. Try gold panning and watch the informative 15-minute documentary Groundbreaking – The Britannia Story – in the Theatre.
Epcor Water Treatment Plant Tour
After the tour of the Museum, you will be brought to the Epcor Water Treatment Plant for a
30 minute behind-the-scenes tour. The tour will be from an operational point of view. You will be shown the following:
- adit where the water is drawn from the mine (visual only)
- turbine building
- will follow the flow to the plant
- use of lime and pH to metal removal
- injection points of lime and plant flow
- clarifier and sludge removal
- filter press operation
- sludge haul back to top of the mountain
Personal Protective Equipment
- Steel-toe footwear is required in order to participate in the full tour of the plant. We recommend that all participants bring their own steel-toe footwear. The plant has very few boots on site.
- Footwear must be sturdy, flat, and closed toed. The site has gravel areas and the mine tunnel floor can be damp.
- Hard hats, eye protection, and high visibility vests will be provided.
- Do not wear a skirt, scarf, or any lose clothing. Long sleeves and pants are required.
- The mine tunnel is 12 degrees Celsius year-round. We recommend bringing a jacket or sweater.
Total tour duration (including bus transportation): approx. 7 hours
8:15 – check-in and signing of waivers – meet in Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel lobby (next to Starbucks)
8:30 – bus departs from Hyatt Regency, Melville St. entrance
9:30 – arrival at Britannia Mine Museum
10:00 – guided tour of underground mine and mill
11:00 to 1:00 – lunch and time on own to visit the exhibits on-site (lunch will be provided)
1:00 – depart Museum to go to Epcor water treatment plant
1:15 to 2:30 – Epcor guided tours
2:30 – head back to Vancouver
3:30 – drop-off at Hyatt
If you do not have steel-toe footwear, you may not be allowed to go on the full tour of the Epcor plant.
Alternatively you can also stay longer at the museum and explore the exhibits in greater detail.
Cost: CAD 79.00 / person (includes transportation, museum admission, and lunch)
To register for this tour, please add it to your registration by selecting it on the form at this link: