Britannia Mine Museum here we come

It was one of the few days where the weather forecast predicted hardly any rain at all. So we made our way to pay a visit to the Britannia Mine Museum in Squamish.

We we arrived, we first of all put on our hardhats and went onto an underground tour, sitting in a mine train that workers back in 1914 would have used, too. It was pretty dark in the tunnel, and we saw first hand how work was back then. We learned how drills and a mucking machine worked.

After that we went into Mill 3, a really large, industrial building, and we were amazed how tall it was inside. We watched a very interesting live presentation of how minerals were separated.

Our boys and my parents-in-law wanted to pan for gold, and so they already went there – and they were lucky, finding some minerals and even little flakes of gold.
In the mean time, Marcus and I explored the 1908 Machine Stop where we saw so many historic tools and equipment, like an ambulance car.
And I even squeezed into a tiny, I mean, really tiny man car. I could not believe that sixteen men were supposed to sit in that.

Then Marcus and I joined our group, panning for gold. Luckily for us, the water was heated, which made it easier to keep our hands in it. In the end, we found some minerals and two tiny flakes of gold, too. Yay!

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