“No, Susie, all those cool Canadian coins don’t come from the money tree…”
“From where, mommy? From where, daddy? The top drawer? The wallet?”
“I’ve got an idea, children: Let’s go see…”
The Royal Canadian Mint, 320 Sussex Drive
Yes, there is a money factory (of sorts), folks. And you’re not it. Why not take the family on a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint? It’s a big hit with people of all ages, coin collectors and money grubbers lovers of the offspring variety.
Founded in 1908, the historic facility produces hand-crafted commemorative and collector coins, medals, medallions and gold bullion coins. Learn how coins are made by joining an interactive guided tour. Hold a solid gold bar worth over $750,000. (Yes, gold! Cue the Beverly Hillbillies music.) See the Vancouver 2010 athlete medals and meet some of the people behind the award-winning coins. There’s a boutique, too, so you can also buy coins and gifts. Boutique hours are Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tour hours are Monday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. To book a tour, call 613 993-8990 or 1 800 276-7714 (toll-free).