It’s not a secret that Squamish is known for beautiful hikes and outdoor attractions, but it’s also home to a well-loved indoor tourist destination, which will soon introduce a new feature for visitors.
The historic Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, Squamish) has announced a new live-action, multi-sensory special effects show that will launch this summer, and recently revealed the name of the presentation: BOOM!
The theatrical mill show will transport guests back to the 1920’s, which is when the copper mine was in full production. Audience members will learn about the 20-storey structure’s lengthy history, and how it processed minerals from the ore extracted from the mine.
“Millions of people have driven up the Sea to Sky highway throughout the years and wondered what is this giant building attached to the side of the mountain,’ Kirstin Clausen, executive director of the Britannia Mine Museum, said in a press statement.
“‘BOOM!’ is a compelling way for us to share the Mill’s authentic and heart-warming story, and its purpose and function as a historically significant community beacon to the more than 60,000 people who used to live and work here at the Britannia Mine.”
Produced in collaboration with Vista Collaborative Arts and Dynamic Attractions, the show will feature a mock-skip that mimics an original rail car, which was capable of moving up to 12-tonnes up and down a 45-degree incline across different levels of the mill.
BOOM! and additional rehabilitation of the museum’s infrastructure was supported by a $1.4 million funding contribution by the Government of Canada, as well as another $2.6 million fundraised by the B.C. mining industry.
Stay tuned for more details and the show’s grand-opening date.