HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Spend a Night in Jail

For 110 years, the thick-stoned building on Nicholas Street was known as the Carleton County Gaol, an imposing hell designed to imprison the city’s most notorious offenders. Today, budget travellers spend the night bunking in the original cells, drink beer in the canteen that once fed prisoners slop, and take spooky ghost tours down death row.

Length of Trip : Overnight

Cost : April 1 to August 31 rates: $34 a night for shared 8-person cell bed. $59 for private 1-bed cell $85 for 2 single bed cell $90 for double room with double bed $96 for suite (double bed, private kitchenette and bathroom)

Best time to go : Open year-round. Check in 1pm, checkout 11am.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : High-end: Play Food & Wine Mid-level: Heart and Crown Irish Pubs Aulde Dubliner & Pour House Budget: Grab something delicious at the ByWard Market

Official Site : HI-Ottawa Jail 75 Nicholas Street Ottawa, Ontario For Reservation & inquiries: Ph: 613-235-2595 Toll Free: 1-866-299-1478 For the Haunted Tour: Ph: 613-232-0344 Web: www.hauntedwalk.com/ottawatours.php

Where to Stay : After braving your night in jail, head over to the decidedly less-creepy Holiday Inn in Ottawa.

Getting There : Located downtown in the heart of Ottawa, sandwiched between the Rideau Shopping Centre, the University of Ottawa, the Byward Market, and Highway 417.

Note from Robin : If you don’t want to actually spend a night in jail, take the nightly Haunted Walk Crime & Punishment Jail Tour, which departs from the lobby at 7pm. Visit the website for more info: www.hauntedwalk.com

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