Ottawa Jail Hostel, tourism, accommodations, hostel, ontario, holloween

13 Days of Halloween, Day 12: A prison stay in Ottawa

Ottawa Jail Hostel, tourism, accommodations, hostel, ontario, holloween

The Nicholas Street Gaol (now the Ottawa Jail Hostel) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.©SimonP at en.wikipedia

Ottawa Jail Hostel  — For almost a century from 1862 until 1972, this was the Carleton County Jail where naked prisoners in isolation once slept and the former death row wing is believed to be haunted.

The place is now a hostel with rates as low as $27 for a bed in one of the former cells and an onsite bar called Mugshots.  There are 110 beds in the hostel and if you pay, you can leave, unlike earlier guests.

As a jail the facility had a long history of prison abuse and that history remains in the flogging straps and handcuffs on display.

Hostellers have reported seeing naked women with only a blanket over their heads and screams for help.

Rates: Check the hostel’s booking engine for details on rates for your travel dates. They generally range from $27 per night up to more than $100.
75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa (613-235-2595)
Directions: From Parliament Hill, head east along Wellington Street, crossing the Rideau Canal and joining Rideau Street. Then turn right to head south on Nicholas Street. The hostel/jail is at the corner of Nicholas and Mackenzie King Bridge.

Halloween Countdown in Canada

Day 11: House of Horrors
Day 10: Industrial site gone bad in Alberta

Day 9: Zombie hunt in Kitchener at Scream Park
Day 8: Annapolis Royal Graveyard freaks you out
Day 7: The Magic of Lanterns in Montreal
Day 6: Haunted Cave on Vancouver Island
Day 5: Spooky corn maze near Winnipeg
Day 4: Frightening Fort York

Day 3: The bloody Plains of Abraham
Day 2: Ghostly Edmonton
Day 1: Regina’s haunted Government House

View Larger Map

Vicky is the worldly publisher of Having graduated from McGill University in Montreal, she has set about building a talented team of travel experts to deliver to you words and images of the very best places to see and experience in Canada. Based in Yorkville in Toronto, Vicky regularly jet sets around Canada — be sure to catch up with her when she's in your part of the country.

Leave a Reply