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Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa

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Learn about the history and techniques of coin design and production at Royal Canadian Mint. The mint was founded in 1908, with the historic building now acting as a museum, as well as producing collector and commemorative coins. Take an interactive guided tour of the facility to learn about the processes involved in minting, and how they have changed with scientific developments over the years. Learn about the largest coin ever produced, and take the opportunity to hold a solid gold bar worth over $750,000. The gift shop provides plenty of opportunity for collectors to add to their collection, and beginners to get theirs underway. For Royal Canadian Mint and beyond, use our Ottawa tour planner to get the most from your Ottawa vacation.
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  • Definitely worth a visit. The building itself is wonderful to see. The actual tour guide could have been more sincere. Felt he was just going through the motions. Close to closing time. The hallway we...  more »
  • The Mint produces currency that is also more valuable as a collectible. Our guide Julie was outstanding answering our questions, explaining what we were seeing on the tour, and then explaining the col...  more »
  • The tour is cheaper on weekends ($4.50 vs $6) as there is no production on going at the Mint. It wasn't what I expected as you can only observe the production area from an enclosed walkway above the p...  more »
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  • Got there early to get tickets for the tour but the earliest tour was at 1pm, so we walked around nearby for a while until 1pm. Once inside, the gift shop was a display in itself, with a variety of collectible coins for sale. There was even a gold bar to take a photo with, which was quite heavy and tied to a chain, but definitely memorable. The tour itself was informative and fun, as our guide gave clear descriptions of the activities and uses of tools, as well as some trivia and jokes along the way. After the tour, we were back in the gift shop, armed with our new knowledge of collectible coins. There are stairs to go down to and up from the outside entrance as well to the lower level where the tour happens.
  • Pretty neat place, although there is limited viewing of the machines in operation. The easiest things to see are the quality control and packaging robots. Most of the actual forming of the coins isn't visible. Only investment coins, pure gold and silver, are made at this location. Coins for circulation are made in Winnipeg. No dedicated parking area so you may have to walk a bit.
  • I would definitely recommend this to everyone. We got amazing guide who was able to walk us through the history and processes for producing coins in very detail presented in funny and interesting way. We were here during the weekend for discounted price, because the mint was not operating. I would love to see the workers operating all of the machines.
  • This was truly an amazing experience for our family, wonderful staff that were full of knowledge. We had a wonderful tour guide that answered any questions we had to the best of her ability. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Ottawa to learn about the value, the artistic value and the process in making the silver and gold coins that are sold here and also sent around the world as collector coins.
  • The tour guide gave us a very vibrant and informative experience. She was clearly knowledgeable on the processes and products at the mint and was able to answer any question the group posed. The videos on the tour also helped to illustrate and clarify the metalworking process.