Bell Island Museum and Underground Mine Tour.

We revisited Bell Island with our family during our 2015 visit and went to the Bell Island Museum and Underground Mine Tour.

“Closed since 1949, the No. 2 Mine is now prepared for underground tours. From the moment you walk in the door you begin to experience the history of Bell Island and get a sense of pride Islanders take in their community and their past.” “The museum consists of two parts. First there is the Museum itself, which opened in the summer of 2000.” ” The second part involves a walking tour of the underground shafts. Here you will experience what it was like to work underground.” – Newfoundland Geo-tourism.


We enjoyed posing with props in the museum and got some cute photos of the grand-kids.


The museum supplied us with hard-hats, but some children wore their bicycle helmets.

You are advised to wear a jacket or sweater and comfortable shoes during the Mine Tour.

We had a very friendly, knowledgeable tour-guide with a beautiful voice. At one point she switched off all the lights, to show us how dark it was inside, then she moved away ans started singing in a beautiful voice.

“The mines of Bell Island began shipping iron ore worldwide in 1895. At one point over 3,000 men were employed and it would go on to become the deepest submarine mine in the world. The Bell Island Community Museum officially opened its doors on July 31, 1995.” – The Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Mining first began on Bell Island in 1895 with surface mining. Underground, or submarine, mining began at the No. 2 mine in 1902 and continued right up until 1949. Mining ceased altogether on Bell Island in 1966, ending 71 years of an industry that saw 79 million tons of ore extracted and sold worldwide. There are roughly four billion tons of ore left in the mines, but the industry shut down because of the high cost of getting the ore from the mine to the market.” – The Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

“The #2 Mine site is a first class underground tour facility. The Underground portion of the tour begins in the lower level of the Interpretation Center. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and hard hats are provided and must be worn at all times while on tour.” The Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

I found the tour very interesting and the grand-kids enjoyed it very much, playing ferry rides and mining for the next few days.


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  1. So the mine ended up going under the sea? Is that what submarine mining means? Crazy that the grandkids loved playing mining, mining. Their Grandfathers fathers couldn’t wait to get out of the mines. So many of our ancestors were miners. Not a long or a happy life I think.

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    • I didn’t read up om the mine before we went, so I was surprised when we could go no further as the tunnel was flooded ahead, they had to pump the water out.

      Our tour-guides’ family also worked on the mines, so she had many stories to tell.

      I don’t know if you knew but hubby, worked underground many years ago as well.


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