Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksGovernment Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Royal Canadian Mint’s historic headquarters in Ottawa produces all of our collector coins, gold and silver bullion, and medals, medallions and tokens.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dubes13
    Peterborough, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    You can only visit by tour, which I would recommend booking in advance as they book up quickly. The staff were helpful and welcoming and there is a small gift shop to browse whilst waiting for your tour (or afterwards). The tour was really interesting, we saw some of the production happening, (although this isn't guaranteed) and some great exhibits. There are toilets but no cafe or anywhere to get a drink, however it is fairly centrally located so there are places not too far away where you can eat.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Biscuit
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent - a must visit
    Visited as a family with our 10 and 12 year olds. We really enjoyed the visit and learnt a lot. Coins were being made on our visit but even if they were not, the guide’s information would have been enough. My children enjoyed the section on Olympic medals and the glow in the dark coin was a hit!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • PhilipLeic
    Leicester, United Kingdom1,671 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit
    We did the booked tour at a reasonable cost of $10. The tour consists of a guide describing each step of the process of minting commemorative coins (circulatory coins elsewhere) at a series of windows looking down at each process. Our guide was enthusiastic and informative. We were especially interested in the large gold coins produced. Whilst waiting for your tour you can view the shop selling coins. No photos are allowed on the tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 2, 2023
  • Gardiner W
    Vancouver, Canada481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Show me the Money!
    Fascinating! Joined a tour (about 15 folks) and were led into the world of precision medallion making. Very knowledgeable young guide who explained the history of the mint as well as the industrial processes we witnessed. Including good humour and interesting anecdotes. Every Canadian should make the time to visit. Nice little gift shop where you get a wonderful exposure to the various collections the mint has made over the years.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 12, 2023
  • CPJT
    Nanoose Bay, Canada42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and informative tour!
    Our family off four, including two kids 12 and 16, enjoyed the 45-minute guided tour. It was fascinating to learn how advanced our coin-making technology is in Canada and how much we subcontract our services to other countries around the world. Our tour guide Zoe was fantastic and did an excellent job of explaining each step of the production process. One tip... it's a good idea to book your tour in advance. We didn't and were surprised when we arrived and the next tour wasn't available for about three hours. Not a big deal, as there's lot of other stuff to see and do within walking distance, but better to know in advance.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 2, 2024
  • DL
    Deerfield Beach, Florida47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Coin Collection
    Amazing! And that is even with us only being able to go to the boutique/gift shop. Our short time in Ottawa and our schedule didn't allow us for a tour. There were so many incredible commemorative and collectible coins to see there. The designs are so awesome. Shout out to Christopher for making our experience there so great. He gave us such special attention and explanations on the coin collections in the boutique. We are so grateful for that. Hope to one day make that tour. It's definitely a must when you visit Ottawa.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2024
  • Marbles20
    Calgary, Canada268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, engaging and worth the 45 min tour!
    Really interesting tour of the process to make investment and collector coins (circulation is made at the mint in Ottawa). Tour is 45 min’ish, you can see work as it occurs and the guides are excellent at explaining the process. Very engaging - would recommend. A few notes: Tour is walking/standing…not far but a consideration for some. Book ahead!!!!!! Tours fill up, book on website in advance and be flexible with date/times (took us 3 attempts to find an open date/time while we were in town, booked a month before) Boutique sells Canadian memorabilia and coin sets, allow time to browse but it can be busy as tours flow in and out every hour.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2024
  • Horace L
    Hamburg, Germany236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Minty
    Hadn't booked, so took a chance and rocked up as it started raining. Fortunately was able to jump straight on a tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide explained all the different stages in the coin making process, pointing out the various machines from the walkway above and used a few props and screens. Absolutely fascinating. No pictures allowed as they are pretty hot on security and keeping their edge as one of the World's top mints.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
  • Alex H
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guide makes this tour, don’t need the mint to be operating
    Fascinating insight into the world of minting. We went on a Sunday so the mint was not operating but the guides descriptions made the trip worthwhile nonetheless. Something different that you may not experience in too many locations
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2024
  • Darryl M
    Gander, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of money here?!
    We did not know you had to book a tour time in advance so do that online before setting out. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. We had no idea of the value of investment and collection coins produced here, with the most expensive being a million dollar coin?! It's a quick tour (an hour) and they want you there about 10 minutes before you start as you have to go to the giftshop inside the building to wait.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2024
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Darryl M
Gander, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We did not know you had to book a tour time in advance so do that online before setting out. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. We had no idea of the value of investment and collection coins produced here, with the most expensive being a million dollar coin?! It's a quick tour (an hour) and they want you there about 10 minutes before you start as you have to go to the giftshop inside the building to wait.
Written June 27, 2024
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Marbles20
Calgary, Canada268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really interesting tour of the process to make investment and collector coins (circulation is made at the mint in Ottawa).
Tour is 45 min’ish, you can see work as it occurs and the guides are excellent at explaining the process. Very engaging - would recommend.
A few notes:
Tour is walking/standing…not far but a consideration for some.
Book ahead!!!!!! Tours fill up, book on website in advance and be flexible with date/times (took us 3 attempts to find an open date/time while we were in town, booked a month before)
Boutique sells Canadian memorabilia and coin sets, allow time to browse but it can be busy as tours flow in and out every hour.
Written May 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dubes13
Peterborough, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
You can only visit by tour, which I would recommend booking in advance as they book up quickly.

The staff were helpful and welcoming and there is a small gift shop to browse whilst waiting for your tour (or afterwards).

The tour was really interesting, we saw some of the production happening, (although this isn't guaranteed) and some great exhibits.

There are toilets but no cafe or anywhere to get a drink, however it is fairly centrally located so there are places not too far away where you can eat.

Written July 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alex H
Huddersfield, UK445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Fascinating insight into the world of minting.

We went on a Sunday so the mint was not operating but the guides descriptions made the trip worthwhile nonetheless.

Something different that you may not experience in too many locations
Written June 2, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

1mammamia
Woodbridge, Canada136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This facility offers guided tours for a fee, well worth the price. You are guided to the underground corridors overlooking the laboratories where silver and gold coins are made. Through the windows you can see a few meters from you, hundreds of gold and silver coils ready to be melted and stamped. Literally hundreds of millions in value are in the vault for you to see.
Written June 23, 2022
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PhilipLeic
Leicester, UK1,671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We did the booked tour at a reasonable cost of $10. The tour consists of a guide describing each step of the process of minting commemorative coins (circulatory coins elsewhere) at a series of windows looking down at each process. Our guide was enthusiastic and informative. We were especially interested in the large gold coins produced. Whilst waiting for your tour you can view the shop selling coins. No photos are allowed on the tour.
Written December 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Fascinating! Joined a tour (about 15 folks) and were led into the world of precision medallion making. Very knowledgeable young guide who explained the history of the mint as well as the industrial processes we witnessed. Including good humour and interesting anecdotes. Every Canadian should make the time to visit. Nice little gift shop where you get a wonderful exposure to the various collections the mint has made over the years.
Written December 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CPJT
Nanoose Bay, Canada42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our family off four, including two kids 12 and 16, enjoyed the 45-minute guided tour. It was fascinating to learn how advanced our coin-making technology is in Canada and how much we subcontract our services to other countries around the world. Our tour guide Zoe was fantastic and did an excellent job of explaining each step of the production process.

One tip... it's a good idea to book your tour in advance. We didn't and were surprised when we arrived and the next tour wasn't available for about three hours. Not a big deal, as there's lot of other stuff to see and do within walking distance, but better to know in advance.
Written March 2, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

K-Towner101
Kingston, Canada150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The tour of the mint is fascinating. If you go during the week you can see coins being made and staff using rocks of gold and silver. There lots of great information and facts
about manufacturing different coins. It's also inexpensive. Takes a out 45 minutes and you can call ahead to reserve a spot.
Written January 14, 2020
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M B
Pickering On34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very cool place to visit. Amazed at how they make some of the specialty coins. Too bad they dont let you take any photos, Security reasons, and would be nice if you could go on the floor and see the process in action.
Written October 17, 2020
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