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Ottawa Jail Hostel
This hostel is inside a 150-year-old former jail, and some say it’s haunted. Hunker down among stone walls and iron doors, or even sleep in your own solitary confinement cell. You’re free to leave when you want, and the Parliament Buildings, Byward Market and National Gallery of Canada are all within walking distance.
Websitehttp://www.hihostels.ca/en/destinations/ontario/hi-ottawa Ottawa Jail Hostel75 Nicholas Street,Downtown Rideau,Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 7B9 Get Directions
Ever spent a night in jail? No need for mischief, just book a stay at the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel in Downtown Rideau. This amazing 150-year-old heritage building served as Ottawa’s main jail for over a century but has now transformed into a one-of-a-kind hostel for locals and travellers from around the world.
Guests are treated to a unique adventure with single or double rooms in actual prison cells or dormitory-style rooms on the floors formerly used as guard and administrative space. With affordable prices, free WIFI, breakfast and parking, you can’t go wrong. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel also offers free (or mostly free) daily activities including a tour of the jail exclusively for guests. You’ll be taken from the original tunnel entrance, through the cell blocks, solitary confinement and up to the gallows all while hearing details on the history, architecture, and transformation of the jail.
Erin Henry, the hostel’s Experience Curator, started working here straight out of university, looking for an opportunity to take some time off studying and have some fun in a relaxed yet exciting work environment. She certainly found it, leading pub crawls, kayaking trips, nature hikes board game nights, BBQs and more!
When asked what she loves most about the neighbourhood, Erin enthused, “It has so much to offer. When guests come to the front desk and ask what there is to do in the city, what shops to go to, what bars to check out, etc. I never have to send them more than a 10-minute walk because we have something for everyone right here.”
Check out this historic setting, channel your inner wildness and put your courage to the test with a remarkable bucket list experience right in the heart of Downtown Rideau!
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