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Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg

(4.2/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
Get the scoop on those Canadian coins in your wallet at Royal Canadian Mint. Opened in 1976 as a sister branch of the historical Ottawa Mint, this facility produces every single Canadian coin in circulation, as well as serving 75 other countries in their coin production. Dramatic triangular architecture leads to the entrance, where a tour will take you through an interactive display room. Learn how billions of coins a year are pressed from giant strips of metal at a rate of 1,000 coins per second. Collectors have the chance to pick up a new piece or simply browse the various mint memorabilia on offer. Displays and tours are available in French and English. Plan to visit Royal Canadian Mint during your Winnipeg vacation using our convenient Winnipeg vacation builder.
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  • I think people who rated this down had way too high expectations. It's nothing huge, but very informative and pretty neat if you're interested in currency. The tour was short but our guide was well ed...  more »
  • It was very interesting to find out how many different countries have their currency made here. Great to take visitors and children's school classes.  more »
  • Loved my experience here as a kid on a field trip. Even better when you're 25! Very informative tours and just a unique experience in general.  more »
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  • Not sure I agree with a $6 charge to see how my tax dollars are spent but whatever. I had 3 Cliff Clavins in my tour so they ruined it with dumb questions that would allow them to start a debate. One know it all asked about gold coins and then another know it all went off on a tangent about Government reserves and how they have low gold stores blah blah blah. The other Cliff Clavin seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with coins. He got very bummed out when he could put his his fancy camera to use after he was told twice no photos. It was a neat tour learned some stuff. Only took 45 minutes. Would have been better if I had a tour sans weirdos. And like I said in my tup stay away from tours close to noon everyone goes for lunch at the same time. And this mint only make circulation COINS not bills. Bit bring some money for $3 you can press your own coin. A photo will come.
  • Ive been here a few times. The guided tours are very informative. Some others are complaining that its basically like any other manufacturing plant... Well yea they mass produce currency so that only makes sense. Last time we went was with relatives from Toronto and took the self guided tour, they had a great time.
  • For a numismatist - the tour was really quite lame and not worth the money. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know. For the steep admission price, all they do is take you upstairs and have you look through some windows at the machines - really not much to see. If you didn't know it was the mint, you'd think it was just some generic manufacturing plant. All I read was glowing reviews about this place, but I was really disappointed. We had to wait around for a tour that was on the hour - got there at 10:20 and had to wait till 11, but there was NOTHING to do/see on the first floor while waiting. You'd think they'd at least have displays for people to look at - maybe a museum, nothing. The only thing they had was a place you could lift up a real gold bar - that was cool, but only lasted 2 minutes.
  • This is a world class facility and the tour shows you in detail how the coins are made, from designing stages all the way to shipping. This is the only one of its kind in Canada. A must see for tourists and foreigners. The building's architecture is also very beautiful inside and out. No photos allowed inside, but bring a camera for outside pictures. As a local, I would take the family every few years. It's great family activity, especially if the weather outside is unpleasant.
  • They make coins for countries around the whole world here. The tour is lack luster, with less information than a 5 minute skim of a wikipedia page on coins but neat too see none the less. The Mint is open but nobody is making coins on weekends though, don't go on weekends.