FAQs

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What are the admission prices for pre-booked groups?

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  • Pre-booked youth groups (including school grades K – 12): $8.00 per person.
  • *For every 8 students, 1 adult gets in for free. Remaining adults are $8.00 each.
  • *Children 5 years old and under are free.
  • Pre-booked adult groups (including university groups): $13.00 per person.
  • Pre-booked senior groups (65+): $11.00 per person.
  • *If there is a mandatory aid/care worker accompanying a senior and/or disabled individual, the aid/care worker gets in for free accompanying the senior/disabled individual’s admission fee.

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Are there any size restrictions to qualify for the pre-booked group admission rates?

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  • In order to receive discounted admission rates for sale the group must contain at least 15 people.
  • The maximum capacity for a Bellevue Underground Mine tour is 30 people per group. If your group will exceed this limit, please consider booking two time slots (E.G., second half of the group will go in 30 minutes after the first group).

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What times of the year do you offer pre-booked tours?

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  • Pre-booked tours run during the peak-season (from mid-May until the end of August).
  • Pre-booked tours may also be available during the off-season (from the beginning of September to the end of April) depending on Interpreter/volunteer availability. All efforts will be made to accommodate off-season pre-booked tours.

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What times of the year do you offer pre-booked tours?

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  • Pre-booked tours are determined on a first-come, generic first-served basis. The earlier you can inquire about a pre-booked tour the better.
  • May and June are the busiest months for pre-booked tours. By the beginning of March, tour availability for these months is scarce. The best time to consider a booking for these months is from September to the end of January. For the most up-to-date information, contact the mine office for information about available time slots during May and June.

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Who is the mine tour suitable for?

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  • The Bellevue Underground Mine tour is family friendly and both stroller and wheel chair accessible. Our Heritage Interpreters are trained to give the most appropriate tour based on the group dynamics. This ensures that all audiences will receive meaningful and enjoyable information and accommodations.
  • Although it is a walking tour, the mine path is extremely easy to walk on and the tunnels are wide open. There is little to no slope in the ground and it is a leveled gravel/dirt path. The tunnels vary in height (lowest point is ~12 feet high, highest point is ~21 feet high) and width (narrowest point is ~20 feet across, widest point is ~25 feet across). There aren’t any crouching/ducking/claustrophobic situations while on the tour.

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How long does a mine tour last?

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  • The mine tour lasts roughly an hour (~15 minutes in the exhibit room, for sale ~45 minutes underground in the mine).
  • Pre-booked groups are scheduled during a 1.5 hour time slot to accommodate time for arrival, buy washroom use, gear up with the helmets and lamps, orientation, ungearing at the end of the tour, and plastic wrapping souvenir pieces of coal. (E.G., a group may be pre-booked from 10:00AM – 11:30AM, but they will still only have an hour-long tour.)

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How far do you go into the mine?

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  • The tour will take you 1, more about generic approved 000 feet (300 meters) horizontally into the mine, online but at the end of the tour (by the fenced off region) you are technically only 150 feet below the surface.
  • The Bellevue Mine has an overall horizontal distance of 5.6 kilometers with a total of 240 kilometers of combined tunnel distance.
  • Unfortunately the area beyond the 1,000 feet of the tour is unsafe and unmaintained. There has been a significant amount of sluffing, collapsing, and rotting making it impossible to access all 240 kilometers of the mine.

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Are pets allowed on the tour?

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  • Unfortunately dogs and other pets are not allowed on the mine tour. They are allowed within the parking lot and green space regions; however, visit this they cannot join you for the tour (with the exception of mandatory service dogs).