I’d always wanted to visit the Britannia Mine, but had never had the time to stop. I did, I looked around at the outside, and then left.
As a person who worked underground in a nickel mine, I am acutely aware of what is safe and what you should wear in an underground mine…
Britannia was discovered in 1888, began production in 1905, and after nearly 70 years of underground operation produced more copper than any other mine in British Columbia.
Britannia was owned by the Howe Sound Company of New York from 1903 until 1963 when it was purchased by Anaconda Canada Limited. The mine continued operations until closure in 1974.
Britannia Mine remains one of the largest metal pollution sources in North America, with acid mine drainage having significant impact on Howe Sound and the Squamish River.