General Information & FAQ’s

Admission Prices:

Servicemen/Servicewomen: Free.....family members not included

Group rate available Contact us for more information or visit our Tour page for more information.

Senior

$13.00 Per Visit

Adult

$16 Per Visit

Youth 6-17

$10 Per Visit

5 & under free

Family 2 youth 2 adult

$40 Per Visit

Additional youth with a family rate: $5.00

Hours Of Operation

Summer:
May - June 9am to 5 pm         The last tour of the day is at 4pm
July - August 10 am - 6 pm     The last tour of the day is at 5pm

Winter:
September 6th 2016 to May 12th 2017, closed for all walk-in and pre-booked tours, the office will remain open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We will honor pre-booked tours, booked before August 1st, 2016.

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Who is the mine tour suitable for?
•    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.

How long does a mine tour last?
•    The mine tour lasts roughly an hour (~15 minutes in the exhibit room, ~45 minutes underground in the mine).

Pre-booked groups are scheduled during a 1.5 hour time slot to accommodate time for arrival, 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.)

How far do you go into the mine?
•    The tour will take you 1,000 feet (300 meters) horizontally into the mine, 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.

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

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