During our stay in Vancouver, my husband and I took a day trip to the Britannia Mine Museum located off of the Sea to Sky Highway halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. Formerly known as the British Columbia Museum of Mining, this was the largest copper producer in the British Commonwealth. This photo was taken inside Mill No. 3 where waste rock was separated from valuable minerals by means of a froth flotation method resulting in 520 pounds of copper per ton of ore!
Here's a post about our experience: http://www.timetravelplans.net/britannia-mine-museum/
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Britannia Mine Museum: Discovering Mining History With Modern Obsessions
My three year old nephew is curious about the world. His obsession with 'diggers' can be deemed near unhealthy. Every toy, t-shirt and sock seems to have a 'digger' or plow-like equipment on it.
I could hardly pull him away from the 100 ton truck that sat outside the mine tour. But as we boarded a historic train and journeyed deeper into the mountain, his eyes widened and he forgot about the truck.
He watched our guide explained how copper was removed from the mountain from a mine that was once the largest copper producer in the British Empire. He followed her to the massive mill, a building that resembled more like a high rise building than a mineral production room. You could only imagine the type of equipment and conditions miners faced in the 20's and 30's.
But of course, on our exit we again crossed paths with the digger, and I could hardly pull him away. Boys and their toys, I suppose.