The original mountain town.
West Coast living stands the test of time at Britannia Beach. People have for centuries identified this place as an idyllic location to live and raise their families. Originally inhabited by the Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial, Britannia Beach was established as a company town in the early 1900s in a small, protected bay of Howe Sound.

 

The company wanted its people to love living here, so they designed the town with intention for family enjoyment. Libraries, tennis courts, swimming pools and billiard rooms joined with theatrical productions, dances and sporting events to create a close-knit, self-reliant community.

We’ve echoed that special commitment to creating a high quality of life as Britannia Beach moves into a new and exciting future. Enviably positioned between Vancouver and Whistler, residents have doorstep access to a playground of year-round outdoor adventures, from peaceful hikes to adrenaline-pumping action. And just as exciting, the revitalized historic buildings support the local community with an artisan village of dining, groceries, liquor, outdoor outfitters, coffee and baked goods, plus a brewpub, galleries and even a daycare.

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1800
1800s and earlier - Coast Salish peoples hunt, fish and gather on this traditional territory. Evidence of human habitation in Coast Salish territories stretches back over 9,000 years
1888
Copper ore is identified at Britannia Beach
1898
Oliver Furry stakes claim to copper deposits at the Britannia site
1900
Jane Camp is established and mining operations begin
1905
First shipments of copper leave Britannia
1916
Britannia becomes the largest copper mine in the British Empire
1930
Mine reaches peak copper production at approximately 2,000,000 metric tones
1946
Mine production dips to 400,000. tonnes due to labour shortages in World War II
1949
Road from Britannia Beach to Squamish completed
1950
Early 1950s - Britannia High School opens
1956
PGE railway is completed and coastal steamship service ceases
1963
Anaconda purchases the property and continues to run the mine for 11 years
1974
Mine closes permanently
2001
Environmental issues are fully identified and a $30 million remediation fund is established
2003
Macdonald Communities acquired the Britannia lands so it could work with the Government on remediation of the Britannia mine, while returning 9,500 acres to the Crown
2004
Sale of single family lots begins, with no local families displaced. Epcor water purification plant begins operating
2006
All residential services are complete, including water and sewer. treatment facilities. Home construction begins
2015
Salmon return to Britannia Creek for the first time in nearly a century
2016
2016 - 2017 The Province decommissions dams in the upper reaches of the creek
2017
Macdonald Communities makes its initial submission to the SLRD to create Britannia Beach village
2021
Adera Development Corporation and Macdonald Communities join forces to bring a beautiful vision for this historic artisan village to life

Residences

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Features

Intelligent design for mountain living.

Amenities

Benefit from the thriving local economy of Artisanal Vendors

Neighbourhood

Enjoy access to an abundance of natural amenities.