The tour of the RCM takes you through the coin-making process. It is at this location where all of Canada's circulation coins are made (the branch in Ottawa makes the commemorative and collectable coins only). The RCM also makes coins for a number of other countries around the world. The tour was very informative and I recommend a visit to the RCM for anyone visiting Winnipeg.
Hours: Winter Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Summer Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
***Tour Reservations Recommended - call the number below***
Quite an interesting tour even if you don't collect coins. You will get to walk around behind glass walls above the factory floors, and view all the steps taken to make Canadian coin currency. Seeing large bags of unstamped coins was quite a sight.
The Royal Canadian Mint's Winnipeg processing plant was completed in 1976. The building itself from the outside is a spectacular quasi pyramid shaped structure with two sides being made up of mirrored windows.
Most Canadian coins are minted here (surprise, surprise). But, The Mint also mints coins for other countries such as Australia, Cuba, and New Zealand to name a few.
In fact, The Mint competes against other Mints internationally for contracts and has produced coins and coin blanks for over 60 countries.
The tour of the processing plant is defintely worth taking.
The Royal Canadian Mint produces all of Canada's circulation coins and collectors coins. They also manufacture circulation coins on behalf other nations. Winnipeg production facility represent one of the largest and most elaborate minting operations in the world. At Winnipeg and Ottawa locations, the Mint employs more than 700 highly skilled individuals involved in all aspects of coin design, production and marketing.
You can take a self guided tour or a tour with a representative. In either case you will get a brief history of coinmaking and overlook every aspect of the production line. The tours end at the Boutique/souvenir shop where you can drool over the finely minted coins.
We came away with some Harry Potter coins.
Fall and Winter
Monday to Friday 10 am - 2 pm
Spring and Summer
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturdays (June to August) 10 am - 2 pm
Children 6 and under
7 and older