Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa

Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa (must see)

The Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa houses one of the oldest (est. 1911) and one of the largest gold refineries in the Western Hemisphere. The new refinery was built in 1936 to refine gold for mines and central banks around the world. The Canadian Mint was officially opened by Lord Grey and his wife, Lady Grey, on January 2, 1908. Originally established to produce Canadian circulation coins, today the Royal Mint manufactures coins for other countries as well, including the Czech Republic and Zambia.

It also designs and produces collector coins made of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. On top of that, the Mint creates medals, medallions and tokens, and offers gold and silver refinery and assay services.

The Canadian Mint was the first to produce 99.99% pure gold Maple Leaf coin for commercial distribution, thus establishing a new international gold standard. Its name is entered in The Guinness Book of World Records for producing 100 kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin worth $1 million. In order to ensure the best quality, each collector coin manufactured in Ottawa is thoroughly examined at the press. Visitors are allowed to see the minting process on a guided tour.

Why You Should Visit:
The tour is reasonably priced ($8), approx. 45 mins to 1 hour long and is fun and informative.
The vantage point above the factory floor allows excellent views of the furnaces, presses, and other fabricating and inspection/weighing areas.
The gift shop is actually also very interesting with lots of coins on display that you can either purchase, dream of purchasing ;) or simply view.

Tip:
You can lift an actual gold bar at the end of the tour!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Royal Canadian Mint
Sight Location: Ottawa, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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