Modern Mining display in LEGO at the Britannia Mine Museum – March 16th to 24th, 2013

Spring break for the younger ones is rapidly coming up and if you’ve been wondering what to do with them, we’ve got a suggestion for you and naturally, there is a LEGO component.

The Britannia Mine Museum is an award winning national historic mining legacy site which has gone through some massive renovations and updates in 2010.  The reinvented Museum commemorates the accomplishments and ingenuity of Canada’s mining pioneers and showcases the evolution of the mining industry, its advances and achievements. It highlights Canadian innovation and leadership in sustainable mining and resource development and environmental stewardship.


There are many fun and exciting activities at the Museum, from panning for gold to the underground train ride.  Igniting your own dynamite “explosion” (I’m taking a wild guess that that’s simulated.)  View rare and unique gems up close.    I’m sure that I still have that core sample stashed away in my closet that I got all those many years ago.

They recently contacted the VLC to provide a display for them during the spring break period to entertain and educate it’s visitors.    Our members, Dave, Keith and Lee have taken up the charge on this one and are coming up with a display focusing on modern day gold mining operations.   They will be showcasing the many different vehicles used to mine for gold in a cutaway to show the inside of a working mine.

So please come by and have a look what we’re up to.

Here’s a preview photo of just one of the vehicles built for the display.

Underground minig eqpt 007

From the Britannia Mine Museum website:

This multi-award winning Museum offers guided tours and engaging exhibits that have earned a 4 1/2 star Trip Advisor rating. See firsthand why we were voted “Best Attraction” for the Sea to Sky and Whistler area.

Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home real gold! Play areas for children keep young ones entertained.

What you need to know for the underground mine experience:

  • Dress warmly or bring a sweater – it’s cool on the train ride and underground
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended to explore the site and underground
  • During the underground demonstrations there are short durations of loud noises. Parents with infants may chose to skip this portion (ear protection is available)
  • Allow for at least 1 to 2 hours for a complete museum experience
  • While the majority of the Museum is handicap accessible the underground is not. There are 48 steps to the underground train
  • For more detailed information on accessibility on site, please click here.



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