Halloween adventurers will be battening down the hatches with three weekends of spooktacular fun at the Britannia Mine Museum.
This year, the Museum is running a tight ship with a “Treasures of the Deep” themed Halloween” full of seafaring festivities, including a colourful sunken shipwreck fantasy world inside the Machine Shop, and a real bone-chilling killer whale skeleton display inside the “Terror” Lab.
Running the weekends of October 15 and 16, 22 and 23, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will go on a “Treasures of the Deep” underground train odyssey in search of hidden bounties, navigate a scavenger hunt for ore samples, and go overboard with “Science of the Seafloor” experiments where they’ll learn about how mineral deposits are formed under water.
“This year for Halloween, we really wanted to have some fun while making the connection with the underwater minerals world given our close proximity to Howe Sound/ Átl’ka7tsem, Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region,” says Laura Minta Holland, Curator at the Britannia Mine Museum. “We took creative inspiration from seafaring adventurers and created a fantasy underwater world that visitors can explore while learning about minerals under the sea.”
In 2021, the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme named the Howe Sound/ Átl’ka7tsem region as Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region. Check out The Weather Network’s mini documentary about Howe Sound: https://bit.ly/3Eo72cH.
Inside the “Terror” Lab for the months of October and November, the Museum is also bringing back “Ore and Orcas: The Remediation of Howe Sound/ Átl’ka7tsem”, a dynamic visual exhibit showcasing the O120 Orca bone display and other marine specimens, to shine the light on the remediation of the Howe Sound marine ecosystem. The O120 Orca bone display is the only travelling killer whale skeleton in the country and the only offshore killer whale used for educating people about marine conservation and the plight of whales in B.C. waters.
The “Ore and Orcas” exhibit is an educational partnership with the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS), the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Porpoise Conservation Society. The exhibit will educate visitors on the mine’s history – including the impacts of pollution and subsequent remediation, recovery and protection with the EPCOR Water Treatment Plant – through the lens of its impact on the Howe Sound food chain.
“The Britannia Mine Museum plays a significant role in educating the public about Britannia’s mining history, as well as its environmental impact on Howe Sound/ Átl’ka7tsem and the surrounding areas,” says Derek Jang, Manager of Interpretive Delivery. “The ‘Ore and Orcas’ exhibit is a great way for visitors of all ages to learn about marine life that exists in Howe Sound/ Átl’ka7tsem, and the importance of marine and environmental conservation.”
The Halloween “special event” rate is $25 for youth and adults, and $20 for kids ages three to twelve, which includes the Halloween activities, “Treasures of the Deep” underground odyssey, museum exhibits, and gold panning. The Ore & Orcas exhibit is available between October 1st and November 30th with regular admission, including all Halloween dates. The Museum is still offering the traditional guided underground tours and the BOOM! Mill show via regular admissions.
Advanced ticket purchase and reservation is recommended as special events are often sold out. Check the Museum’s website for specific tour times and to purchase tickets in advance.