GO Ottawa! To the Mint…

“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
613 993-8990
www.mint.ca/store/mint/customer-service/faq-1100010

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).

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