Day 2 of our trip was so packed with fun things, that I decided to split the post into three parts. We found out that Memorial Day weekend in U.S. is also Open Doors weekend in Winnipeg. Basically, we were able to visit museums and other exhibits for free, with free tours! We first started out by going to the Royal Mint.
I loved the Royal Mint! It was so cool. While we were waiting for our tour, I got to pick up a huge gold bar. It weighed 28 pounds and is worth over $738,000.
Noelle really wanted to come to the Royal Mint -she is a mechanical engineer, and was fascinated by the factory production line.
The tour was fantastic. I learned that sometimes the US will have the Royal Mint make coin blanks when they run out (it is illegal for another mint to make the actual American currency). Also, did you know that vending machines do not measure coins by weight? It actually reads the amount of copper in each coin (which is different for every country.) That’s why you can’t use a Canadian quarter in a US vending machine!
St. John’s Anglican Church
Next we went to the St. John’s Anglican cathedral. I am a big fan of stained glass windows, so it was really neat. Each set of windows was created by a different artist, dating back to 1833.
The first window I looked at was called the Great West Window. It was made by the Western Art Glass of Winnipeg company, and added to the church in 1975, to celebrate it’s 150th anniversary. The window honors several church leaders, and has a picture of the Christ standing over them.
The second window depicts the Annunciation of Jesus, or when the angel Gabriel came to Mary. It was designed by Joseph McCauslin in 1926.
We came in at the end of the tour, but still learned some interesting stuff. St. John was honored as a Cross of the Nails center. The tour guide explained that back during WWII, English Anglican members came to Germany, and German Christians came to England to rebuild churches. They took nails from the foundations of the building, and made crosses, hence Cross of the Nails.
And now on to Part II! Have you read the rest of this series?
My Trip to Canada