Breakfast at Tim Hortons while Puffles and Honey’s Mum went on a shopping expodition 🙂
With new T-shirts, it was time for a bit of sightseeing.
The Royal Canadian Mint was the next destination. The Mint produces all of Canada’s circulation coins, and manufactures circulation coins on behalf of other nations.
The Mint’s facility in Ottawa is responsible for producing collector and commemorative coins, bullion in the form of coins, bars, wafers and grain, medals and medallions. This is also where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both circulation and commemorative issues. The Mint’s gold and silver refineries and assay labs are also located in Ottawa, as is a full-time Advanced Engineering Research team dedicated to R+D projects.
In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint produced the world’s first million dollar coin. Because they could! The 100kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value was originally conceived as a unique showpiece. After several interested buyers came forward, the Mint decided to make a very limited quantity available for sale. To date, five of these majestic gold bullion coins have been purchased by investors from Canada and abroad.
In October 2007, the Million Dollar Coin was certified by Guinness World Records to be the world’s largest gold coin. The coins are manufactured at the Mint’s Ottawa facility.
Puffles and Honey had a close look at a $600,000 99.999% pure gold bullion bar.
All that gold made little bears hungry and they went in search of food and cherry beer at Bier Markt.
The cherry beer was not to their liking but the Somersby Cider was.
The food was pretty good too!
And the place for a little siesta was even better!
The sweet scent of lilac eventually woke up Miss Honey…
… so little bears went for a stroll to admire the flowers and their fragrance.