Day 3: Ottawa and Gatineau: Raking in mint and history!


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October 17th 2016
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The Golden NuggetThe Golden NuggetThe Golden Nugget

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
Monday, October 17th, 2016

Day 3: Ottawa and Gatineau: Raking in mint and history!

This morning, Renata and I woke up early to make are way for our morning tour of the Royal Canadian Mint. The Royal Canadian Mint produces Canada’s official and collector coins.

On the tour we learned about how coins and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic medals were made. The wavy face of the Vancouver Olympic medals evoke the Vancouver-Whistler landscape. No two Olympic medals are the same. If you place all the same coloured medals together they will form two large master artworks; an orca whale for the (Olympics) and the raven for the (Paralympic). The Orca symbolizes powerful and knowing no boundaries while the Raven symbolizes creativity and agility.

After the tour we got the chance to hold a golden nugget worth over $750, 000. It felt good to be rich for a second with the added benefit of strengthening my arm muscles!

After a brief lunch at a restaurant nearby we headed to the Canadian Museum of History. Some of the interesting exhibits we saw were the Napoleon and Paris exhibit, the Gold Rush exhibit, the Horse Power exhibit
Renata, rich for a second!Renata, rich for a second!Renata, rich for a second!

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
and the Grand Hall.

In the grand hall there was this interesting plaster sculpture called the Spirt of Haida Gwaii. It shows a traditional Haida cedar dugout canoe which carries the various symbolic characters including the beaver, eagle, frog, wolf, killer whale, and the raven. The passengers although diverse and not always in harmony must rely on one another to survive. The fact the Raven, the trickster holds the steering oar symbolizes the unpredictability of nature.

Tonight we stayed at the 4 star Ottawa Marriot hotel paid for by Renata’s work. We had an incredible view of downtown Ottawa from our room.



Tomorrow is the start of Renata’s pharmacology conference and my last day in Ottawa. So I better make the best of it. I will try to fit in the Canadian Nature Museum, Rideau Hall and the National Gallery of Canada all in one day.


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Getting some strength training!Getting some strength training!
Getting some strength training!

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
Collector CoinsCollector Coins
Collector Coins

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
Collector Coins Collector Coins
Collector Coins

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
A Lucky Penny!A Lucky Penny!
A Lucky Penny!

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
Off to the RescueOff to the Rescue
Off to the Rescue

@ the Royal Canadian Mint
Vancouver 2010 Olympic MedalsVancouver 2010 Olympic Medals
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Medals

@ at the Canadian History Museum
My weight in gold!My weight in gold!
My weight in gold!

@ at the Canadian History Museum
Spirt of Haida Gwaii SculptureSpirt of Haida Gwaii Sculpture
Spirt of Haida Gwaii Sculpture

@ at the Canadian History Museum
Spirt of Haida Gwaii SculptureSpirt of Haida Gwaii Sculpture
Spirt of Haida Gwaii Sculpture

@ at the Canadian History Museum
The Grand HallThe Grand Hall
The Grand Hall

@ at the Canadian History Museum
The Horse Power exhibitThe Horse Power exhibit
The Horse Power exhibit

@ at the Canadian History Museum
The Horse Power exhibitThe Horse Power exhibit
The Horse Power exhibit

@ at the Canadian History Museum
The Horse Power exhibitThe Horse Power exhibit
The Horse Power exhibit

@ at the Canadian History Museum
Inuit carvingInuit carving
Inuit carving

@ at the Canadian History Museum
Native ExhibitNative Exhibit
Native Exhibit

@ at the Canadian History Museum
Meeting the Beaver Meeting the Beaver
Meeting the Beaver

the Grand Hall @ at the Canadian History Museum


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