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Cape Breton Miners' Museum

42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
+1 902-849-4522
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This is a real but non-working mine. If you have the nerve, then enjoy the one hour underground... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
W J K
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Halifax, Canada
The funny Guide telling real stories

Our guide shared this with us: People from around the world wanted to come here in these mines... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Robby G C
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Toronto, Canada
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42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

This is a real but non-working mine. If you have the nerve, then enjoy the one hour underground tour conducted by a professional miner. Learn about the extent of the coal in the area, its history of exploitation, and, no less, the exploitation of the...More

Thank W J K
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Dear W J K, Thanks for sharing your review of our museum with TripAdvisor patrons. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Our guide shared this with us: People from around the world wanted to come here in these mines. What they didn't know, the miners would be controlled by the people who owned the mine. They started to work in the night and came out of...More

Thank Robby G C
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Dear Robby G C, Thank you very much for sharing your review of our Museum on TripAdvisor. We are very proud of our history and the men and women who lived it and so are delighted when we get feedback that our visitors appreciated their...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

As always the food was amazing!! Staff are always so friendly. A must if visiting glacé bay. ( reminder it is seasonal )

Thank Baygirl74_13
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Dear Baygirl74_13, Thanks for your review of our restaurant. We are very fortunate to have Wilma and Wayne MacAuley running the place. All the best, Mary Pat

Reviewed 24 October 2017

Wow what an experience. They warned us about the lack of head room and the very low ceilings. But we had no clue what it would be like. Was a little hard on the back by the end of presentation but well worth it. Truly...More

Thank Carl G
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Dear Carl G, I totally agree with your review. It is very hard to complain about a bad day a work when you compare it to the conditions these men worked under. Thank so much, Mary Pat

Reviewed 21 October 2017

Had no idea what to expect but this tour was awesome and our guide (Wishie) did an amazing job explaining all we saw, how the mine worked, the working conditions, pay scale, etc., etc. Actually going down into the mine really gave us a glimpse...More

Thank fisherman4043
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear fisherman4043, We are very pleased your experience at the Museum was amazing. Wishie is a font of knowledge and a very good storyteller. Our mine guides are a wonderful asset to our Museum. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with TripAdvisor's audience. Safe travels,...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

We picked a rainy day to visit the museum as we figured we would be inside. We started out with a talk from a man who had been a miner. He then took us underground to a replica of a real mine. He was very...More

Thank Gary O
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear Gary O, We are very pleased you enjoyed your experience here at our Museum. Thanks for letting us and the TripAdvisor audience know. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 19 October 2017

This is the real deal. It is both an educational experience and a chance to walk in a miner's shoes, hear a miner's story. The story of Cape Breton coal mining is a tale of company towns, worker's not earning enough to pay for their...More

Thank dickanddoug
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear dickanddoug, Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our Museum with the TripAdvisor audience. We are very proud of our history and our mine guides who actually lived that history. There is nothing we appreciate more than hearing that you took in...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Many people do not realize the role of the mining industry on Cape Breton. It was huge. This modern museum has it all, including a tour in a mine. Outside, adjacent, are buildings showing how miners and their families lived in the "company town"....everything they...More

Thank gold-vintner
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Dear gold-vintner, Thank you for taking the time to post your review in Tripadvisor. We love hearing what our visitors think of the Museum. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 13 October 2017

I did this visit the other Saturday and it was quite extraordinary. Not only did we get the real underground experience - darkness, the smell of coal, hard hats bumping on the mine roof with water seeping through, but we heard the collier's life story...More

Thank Ian R
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Dear Ian R, We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience here at our Museum. Our staff and volunteers are proud of our history and culture and are thrilled to share it with our visitors. Our mine guides are especially wonderful in telling the...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

The museum itself was well thought out, and filled with interesting artifacts related to Cape Breton coal mining; there is a tour of the coal mine and coal face available - very interesting to see how and where the miners worked. Also some reproduction above...More

Thank Newfoundlander_7
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Dear Newfoundlander_7, Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed your experience here at our Museum. We are very pleased to receive feedback from or visitors. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

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elysecarey
4 July 2016|
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Response from Mary M | Property representative |
The bus stop is about 4 blocks from the pier. Take Esplanade to Dorchester to George. Wait at the glass-enclosed bus stop on Dorchester just short of George Street. Take the #1 Glace Bay bus at 10:00 or 11:00am. It may... More
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Melinda W
22 April 2015|
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Response from Mary M | Property representative |
You can catch a cab away from the pier and it will cost you $25.00 one way. Renting a car would be a little costlier but you could make other stops along the way. For a really inexpensive trip to Glace Bay you can catch the... More
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