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Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa

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Government Building
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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  • We went to the Mint because my husband was interested, but much to my surprise I also enjoyed the experience! Some interesting facts to hear and know about! And of course seeing the gift shop and brow...  more »
  • The $Can 5 tour fee is worth very cent. It was very interesting to learn how the mint makes coins for collecting and investing and the guide makes every fact fascinating; like, why the Canadian mint m...  more »
  • The tour is very informative and was enjoyable for my kids, age 5-13. Learning about the process of coin making was great, but seeing it all happen was fascinating. However, I think the kids were most...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The tour was quite fun. You get to lift a brick of gold at the end of it (there's 2 armed guard that are watching real close to make sure nobody runs away with it)
  • The tour itself was cheap, $4.50 a person. You were not allowed to take pictures during the tour which was kind of disappointing. The tour was pretty informative and I learned a few interesting things I didn't know before. The 28 pound gold bar at the end was pretty cool and you were able to take a picture with that.