If you haven’t had a chance to check out the re-invented Britannia Mine Museum—it recently had a $14.7 million makeover and now boasts lots of fun activities, including panning for gold and an underground mine train—the annual Britannia Copper Fire Arts Festival is the perfect excuse to visit.
The Britannia Copper Fire Arts Festival is the signature summer event at the Britannia Mine Museum. The festival showcases local artists, artisans, musicians, and performers and features arts and crafts with a “copper, fire and mined materials” theme. The art works are displayed throughout the museum and range from copper and bronze sculptures to jewelry to gunpowder paintings.
The Festival begins Saturday, August 6, with an evening concert with world musician Joseph ‘Pepe’ Danza, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and percussion music artist. The arts and crafts showcase happens on Sunday, August 7, and will include live music and arts and crafts activities for kids.
Get a look at the “new” Britannia Mine Museum with this video:
Once the site of the biggest copper mine in the British Empire, the Britannia Mine became a museum and National Historic Site in 1971. The Museum is located 45 minutes north of Vancouver at Britannia Beach, on the “Sea-to-Sky” Highway.