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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Royal Canadian Mint and many more Ottawa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Ottawa trip planning website .
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  • October 2, 2017
    We enjoyed the walk around the Mint. Very good young guide, well able to answer questions. You spend your time watching videos, and looking down on the rooms in the Mint. Would be better with more lim...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Admittedly, I did not take the tour of the facility as we were running out of time, but it seems to me that only coin collectors would be really interested. Fortunately, I am, so I liked it. the gift ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Although it cannot be considered a tourist attraction in every respect, it was refreshing to visit the Mint of Canada. For obvious safety reasons, access to lounges to the Mint is allowed only by participating in a tour, with the guide explaining to voice-aided by movies-all the technological process. The tour fee (a modest sum) and view the entire production process to produce a commemorative coin or an Olympic medal from the raw material-gold or silver (and bronze for the Olympic medal)-to the finished product. Try also to lift the gold bar on display in the souvenir room and you'll see how heavy it is! Interesting site for all ages. Just a clarification: the Mint in Ottawa does not produce banknotes and even normal coins "every day"; they are produced in secret settlements outside the city.
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  • June 20, 2017
    I've been to the mint quite a few times now and I have enjoyed each visit. I thoroughly enjoy the mint (though if you're not into coins, I understand this might not be your thing). I would recommend trying to take the tour during the week (but not around 3 pm - that's shift change I think) as you get to see the employees hard at work. The tour on the weekend is cheaper but there are few if any workers on the floor and the tour relies more on videos of the processes taking place). The tour guides I had were both informative and very friendly; they had tons of small tidbits and stories about the building to share. I had no idea the mint makes currency for other countries as well! If you just want to go to the boutique to check out new coins (or purchase a few you have your eye on) you can simply ask for entry to the boutique; they give you a receipt and admission to that is free. (If you later decide to take the tour, you have to pop back out to the ticket booth to purchase a spot. Better sooner than later as they seem to fill up quickly!)
  • April 10, 2017
    There are two facilities of the Royal Canadian Mint. The one in Winnipeg produces regular coins while the one in Ottawa specializes on collectors' items. The visit takes about half an hour for a fair price and is very informative. The highlight is the stunning shop where you can find many rare items for your own collection or as potential gifts. The only negative elements are that there is a lack of space in the building during the visit and that the shop is only accessible if you also book a tour.
  • June 5, 2017
    Enjoyable visit, but not worth the 45 minutes line in the rain. Here, they only make investment coins and collectors coins. At the end of the tour they would let you pick up a gold bar, 13 kg. Most of the coins are made out of silver and gold. The gift shop is a joke, let's just say a ball point pen is not worth eight dollars without tax.
  • July 4, 2017
    I haven't done the tour yet, just go there every now and then for their coin exchanges. Entrance is free to the gift shop which is where the coin exchange takes place. They post an event on Facebook when they do have one coming up, if you're interested.
  • March 18, 2017
    Only able to visit the Boutique - definitely book reservations to do the tour ahead of time. Lovely displays of products. My only suggestion would be to have a better system to access staff around the cabinets ... felt like I was walking up to a crowded bar and had to wait a turn to sneak in to ask questions. Other guests shove while trying to complete our transaction. Otherwise nice building and well maintained.

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