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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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  • I really wanted this experience to be GREAT but it wasn't :( None of the machinery was working, there were no people working nothing. You get to see the work spaces from above but that's it. You stand...  more »
  • The building is the Mint of Canada, it offers guided tours in English and French every half an hour explaining the itinerary of a piece of metal from the beginning to the creation of the currency
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  • We took the tour of the Mint, which we found to be very interesting. Although they don't make the circulation coins here, getting to see the many different collector coins was neat. It was also cool t...  more »
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  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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