At HI-Ottawa Jail, groups sleep in renovated former jail cells. As the building has retained most of its prison layout, you may discover what early prison life was like and take a guided tour to find out about which prisoners from the past might still be roaming the halls.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you will find that all of Ottawa's top attractions can be reached on foot within minutes from our front door. That said, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is an attraction in it's own right and we have developed educational and fun programs to help your group have the ultimate 'Jail Experience'! Programs offered range from 1 to 6 hours in length and include our award winning historical Crime and Punishment & Ghost and Gallows Tours.
Formerly, the Old Carleton County Gaol was home to some of Ottawa's worst criminals. Today, the history of this building and her former occupants is preserved in the Carleton County Heritage Centre located on Level 8 of the hostel.
Visit Death Row, where prisoners spent their last days, the gallows, and the depths of solitary confinement in the basement of the hostel.
Tour the Old Carleton County Jail and learn about why Ottawa was once considered 'the most dangerous town in North America. Learn about early prison life, as you see the jail cells, death row and the last working gallows in Canada. Commentary presented by experienced tour guides from The Haunted Walk of Ottawa.
Visit death row and the gallows inside the Old Carleton County Jail and other haunted locations while your tour guide recounts more of Ottawa's supernatural encounters. Was the wrong man hanged for the murder of D'Arcy McGee. Does he haunt the jail today. May be frightening for young children. Presented by the Haunted Walk of Ottawa.
Hostelling International has extensive experience working with groups and we understand that groups need flexibility with their bookings. Please carefully review the following booking and cancellation policies to ensure a worry and problem free experience during your visit with us.
Upon receipt of your information request, we will send you a reservation form to complete, sign and return to us as soon as possible. When we will receive it, we will block the beds, send you an invoice and ask you for a deposit to confirm the reservation.
A deposit corresponding to 50% of the total of the invoice is due upon reception of the invoice.
The balance of the invoice is payable 15 days before arrival date. You can pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or bu cheque (for Canada and USA only). We also accept payment by bank transfer upon request (only for payment from outside Canada and USA). We will send you a confirmation of payment.
Upon reception of final payment, we will send you a rooming list form to complete and return us as soon as possible. The list should specify first and last names, gender, and any specific rooming requests.