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HI-Ottawa Jail
75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N7B9

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Travel Tips & Directions

The HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is located in the heart of Ottawa, sandwiched between the Rideau Shopping Centre, the University of Ottawa, the Byward Market, and Highway 417.

From the Airport

Take bus # 97 to the Rideau Centre. Get off on the MacKenzie King Bridge, walk east to the stairs. The hostel is located at the bottom of the stairs.

From the Bus Station

Take local bus # 1 or 7 (Downtown) from the corner of Bank and Catherine streets to Nicholas St. (Rideau Centre) walk two blocks south. The hostel is on the left.

From the Train Station

Take bus #96 to Laurier 2A stop. Cross the street and take the stairs on the left. The hostel is located at the bottom of the stairs.


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