We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cape Breton Miners' Museum

503 Reviews
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Please choose a different date.

Cape Breton Miners' Museum

503 Reviews
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Please choose a different date.
Full view
Location
Contact
42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8 Canada
Get to know the area
Shared Cruise Excursion - "Mini" Cabot Trail
Bus & Minivan Tours

Shared Cruise Excursion - "Mini" Cabot Trail

8 reviews
The Cabot Trail Discovery Tour explores Nova Scotia’s most iconic road trip. From the rugged coastlines and majestic mountains to the charming small fishing villages, this tour provides breathtaking viewpoints, & endless photo opportunities. Our tour takes you to places the cruise tours do not go and tailors the time of the tour to the time you have in port.
US$118.46 per adult
503Reviews4Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 396
  • 84
  • 19
  • 0
  • 4
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
dmkmHamilton_Ontario wrote a review Nov 2019
Hamilton, Canada59 contributions15 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our Mine Visit. The Museum was very interesting but the highlight was the actual Mine Tour. Our guide was Terry McVarish - he was fantastic. He gave us a lot of first hand knowledge about mining. A fascinating tour. We took a cab from the cruise port to the museum.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Responded 15 Nov 2019
Dear dmkmhpamilton_Ontario, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. I have to agree with you, the real story of Cape Breton's coal mining history is best told by a former miner in a coal mine. Hopefully when we get our Virtual Mine Tour built visitors who are unable to travel underground will get a similar experience above ground. Sage Travels, Mary Pat
Read more
marylitamac wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions
We had a lot of fun as well it was very educational. Going down under ground was very scary at first but it was such a great learning experience... we will do it again!!
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Responded 7 Nov 2019
Dear marylitamac, Thanks for sharing your review of our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Safe Travels, Mary Pat
Read more
pamelagturnbull wrote a review Nov 2019
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions2 helpful votes
This gives you a real feel of how it must have been for the early workers in the mines. Hardships are beyond my comprehension. I will certainly visit again and again.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Responded 6 Nov 2019
Dear pamelagturnbull, Thank you for sharing your review with TripAdvisor. Our ancestors certainly had a hard life and made sure we had a better one. It is a story that needs to be told and needs to be remembered. We look forward to having you visit our Museum again. Safe Travels, Mary Pat
Read more
Steve C wrote a review Oct 2019
Alma, Canada42 contributions18 helpful votes
+1
My wife and I were amazed, impressed, and humbled by our tour of the museum and the mine. Our guide (worked in the mine for 32 years!) spoke movingly and knowledgeably of the history, origins, hard times, and daily life of the industry, the mines, and the people. The tour of the mine itself was a sobering and harrowing glimpse into the backbreaking toil of years past. The entire experience was far more than we had expected, and will always be a highlight of our time in the area; we’re recommending it to everyone we see.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Responded 28 Oct 2019
Dear Steve C, Thanks for sharing your review of our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are very proud of our Museum and the retired miners who tell our visitors about their history and the coal mining culture that fuelled a nation. We are very gratified when we have connected with a visitor. Thanks so much for letting us know what the experience meant to you. Safe Travels, Mary Pat
Read more
ClevedonGal wrote a review Oct 2019
Bristol, United Kingdom24 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a really good day at the Mine - entertaining, informative and fun. Everyone made us feel very welcome, from the bus driver to the guide. The guide we had (Abbie) had a wealth of knowledge and experience - we couldn't believe he was 81! The ceiling is quite low in places, particularly when you are over 6ft, but well worth it. I had no idea the conditions were so harsh. We were on a New England and Canada cruise and Sydney was a port of call. We didn't want to pay the ship's shore excursion prices so we di it ourselves using public transport. I contacted the Museum for help and the response was brilliant giving directions, timings and costs for getting to Glace Bay - these are detailed below for fellow cruisers. "The Museum is too far to walk but 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 arrive early but it will wait and leave on the hour. The ride takes about 50 minutes. Once you arrive in Glace Bay, get off on Commercial (between Marconi and York, across the street from Tim Hortons). Walk downhill on Commercial St. Commercial becomes South after you cross over a stream. Continue on South St and turn left at Birkley St. The museum will be straight ahead, about 2 blocks. (Total walk is 1.1 km, which will take you about 20 minutes). You will see occasional signage. You can also call a cab. I would suggest walking up to Charlotte Street and calling one as the cabs at the Port are very dear. The Miners' Museum has a movie and exhibits on coal mining, methods, tools, and history. The real value in visiting the museum is the tour, led by retired coal miners who share with you their coal mining experiences. You go underground into a 1932 'room and pillar' coal mine where you will see coal-lined walls and learn from a true insider about the mining methods and working conditions. He will share his stories with you as you enter one tunnel after another. Our underground tour lasts at least an hour. Highly recommended! Tours are not scheduled. If you came by public transit catch the return bus on Marconi Street, near where you arrived, on the hour. If you get back to the bus stop a little early, stop in at Tim Hortons for a fresh Krispy Kreme-style doughnut or muffin, and coffee or hot chocolate. Cost for the bus is $3.25pp 1 way (except Saturdays where all fares are just 1 Loonie).Allow a total of 6 hours for this excursion (1.5 hours for the bus and walk each way and 3 hours for the museum and mine tour). If you caught a cab, let the front desk know when you are done and we will call a taxi for you."
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Response from Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Responded 26 Oct 2019
Dear ClevedonGal, Thank you so much for sharing your review with TripAdvisor. I feel like I know you because we have been chatting through e-mail for a little while. Abbie is a delight and we all hope we can be half as healthy and active as he is when we are 81, 82 this November. I am so glad we lived up to your expectations. It really means a lot to us when a visitor goes to so much effort to come to our Museum and then really enjoys their experience with us. Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts. Safe Travels, Mary Pat
Read more
Previous
Frequently Asked Questions about Cape Breton Miners' Museum