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Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa
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Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

By The Haunted Walk
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91% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
A fun alternative to typical walking tours, this nighttime haunted history tour of Ottawa takes you to the city’s spookiest sites such as Rideau Canal, the Commissariat Building, and more. Your guide, a professional storyteller, will tell you about each location’s eerie past and famous ghost sightings. A choice of two departure times means you can fit the tour into your vacation itinerary.
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Ages 10-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 1h 15m
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, French
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Highlights
  • Ottawa ghost tour brings haunted history to life
  • A fun and quirky way to explore downtown Ottawa
  • Learn about Ottawa's history from your guide along the way
  • Two departure times to best suit your schedule

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities

After choosing between two departure times, make your way to an easy-to-find meeting point in downtown Ottawa, where you’ll start your ghost tour. Follow your guide through on a walk through the city’s historic downtown, making stops at its most haunted sites. You’ll see Fairmont Château Laurier, where you’ll find out about its tragic connection to the Titanic . At the Rideau Canal (a Unesco World Heritage Site), learn about the 1,000 workers who died during its construction. Other eerie highlights include the Commissariat Building, Bytown Museum, and Lisgar Collegiate Institute, a reportedly haunted high school. Your spooky trip concludes with drop-off back near your departure point.

Start:
  • 46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada
    Tour departs from Haunted Walks ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in Downtown Ottawa
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31824P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wheelchair accessible — if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31824P1

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    • 46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada
      Tour departs from Haunted Walks ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in Downtown Ottawa
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      Haunted Walk of Ottawa
      Ottawa
      Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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    • The Haunted Walk
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      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      Joined in March 2009
    • RonS2480
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Money and time we’ll spent for this fun night out evening activity
      Wonderful night walk on this guided ghost walk in the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Eilish, our tour guide did a great job leading our adventure and weaving stories for our entertainment. Pretty incredible setting including a peak inside the 100 year old beautiful mausoleum. Thanks for a great time!
      Written May 25, 2024
    • henrycM288RH
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      good
      trip was great! zak was great and did a backflip. i saw a place that had ghosts in it👻👻 give zak brownies. it was very spooky and fun
      Written May 22, 2024
    • Jules S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Insightful tour
      Felt very personal and well paced and well timed. Very knowledgeable host with lots of interesting facts on ottowa that weren’t immediately obvious.
      Written May 13, 2024
    • Martin D
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting entertainment
      Not exactly what we expected; yet an interesting and entertaining tour, during which a historic story is told in prison.
      Written December 19, 2023
    • Trip667678
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful
      We really enjoyed the haunted walk. Our guide, Monica, was very friendly and an excellent story teller. The weather was a bit misty which added to the overall experience. Thank you, Monica, for taking us on the Ottawa jail tour!
      Written November 26, 2023
    • Edward_Lawton
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Factual and very interesting
      Booked on this tour and glad I did!!! Carolyn was an amazing guide who told the tales with such drive and passion!! A true northern gal and it shows with her personality!! What a phenomenal place to visit!! Highly recommended
      Written November 10, 2023
    • TNenclares
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An historical walk with a spooky twist
      Our guide was Leah and she was a wonderful and funny story teller. I was happy to finally do this tour as I had always heard it was good. Too bad tours of the jail are ending. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.
      Written October 31, 2023
    • jnaugs11
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best a gal can get for $30
      This is a spooky and affordable activity for an evening with family in our nation's capital. You do have to manage your expectations when signing up for this tour -- will you have Disney-esque theatrics? No. Will you have a personal encounter with a ghost in this jail? Probably not. But honestly, it's low-cost and a great way to spend an evening while learning about the creepy history of the jail. The jail is also a functional hostel so you will see that some cells are used as sort of a spooky supplies closet but don't let that burst your bubble.
      Written October 16, 2023
    • 992tracil
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ghost tour
      Monica was fabulous! Great tour and history lesson. Would recommend to anyone visiting the Ottawa area.
      Written October 3, 2023
    • danielpE2035YF
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The guide made the tour!
      Oliver was absolutely wonderful, he did a great job immersing us into the experience. It was very enjoyable. My girlfriend and I had a great time and we would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting
      Written August 19, 2023
    • _cassf94
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pass
      Had high hopes as I loved the haunted walk of Fort Henry but I found this tour disappointing. We spent twice as much time wandering around the streets of Ottawa getting a history lesson than we did in the actual hostel itself.
      Written August 17, 2023
    • lorah764
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour
      It was fascinating hearing the stories and seeing places of events in the jails history. When you go in the cells you can get a sense of life as an inmate. The gallows and noose were eerie.
      Written August 10, 2023
    • E1352ZDdustinb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice memory to take home
      Very cool guide, even had more info on Ottawa after. The story really got a little scary at one point. Overall a good experience!
      Written August 8, 2023
    • U4637OHdianea
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome
      Katie was great. Very knowledgeable,friendly. The jail was creepy and dark. The rain helped with the creep factor.
      Written August 5, 2023
    • Jenni G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A history tour with a difference!
      Our tour with Oliver was an unforgettable experience…what a unique family night out…the atmosphere was intense. Not to be missed, a really incredible experience- highly recommended.
      Written August 3, 2023
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    Keeragh R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Couples
    Sarah-Anne was a great tour guide! We had a fantastic evening for our walk, which also meant the rest of Ottawa was out and about. She kept us all focused on the stories even when there were plenty of other distractions. Thanks for the great tour!
    Written September 12, 2021
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    Amy B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Friends
    A ghost tour is an amazing idea if you’re in a new city and want to get familiar with your surroundings while enjoying a fun experience. Nat was our evening guide in Ottawa this past weekend and she was expert on every story and very animated. Excellent experience and I’m glad I signed up- now I want to take the tour of Toronto!
    Written September 26, 2022
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    Lyndsay T
    Welland, Canada9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023 • Couples
    The county jail tour with Caroline was amazing this past weekend, she went above and beyond with her delivery and there was a very good blend of true history amongst the spooky ghost tales.
    The lengths everyone has gone through to keep these historical places as they once were to get the full experience is truly amazing. Very interesting and spooky for people regardless of whether you’re interested in the history of the place or in hearing the ghost tales, overall an amazing experience. Very friendly staff, the merch in store is very on brand if you enjoy some spooky souvenirs as well.
    Written April 3, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    Enthusiastic storytelling by Chloe our guide. Would recommend.
    We've been on similar walks in many cities and this rates up there. One of our pet peeves in the past was that the guide began talking before the entire group was assembled. Chloe was always sure to make sure all could hear....even in the rain!
    Written August 28, 2022
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    kjbull2022
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Monica was a fantastic guide. The pace was perfect and the stories were exciting and interesting. The group had some really tough questions and Monica was able to respond with ease and accuracy. It was a shame we weren't able to get closer to the bytown museum but even with that small surprise/setback Monica concluded the tour with no less excitement or enthusiasm as she started with. Looking forward to my next visit to the city and taking the other tours offered.
    Written August 10, 2023
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    Susan Glin
    Brampton, Canada28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    We enjoyed the tour and the walk. We were quite tired at the end of a long hot day and sometimes stood or sat a little ways back from the group to take a break from standing and/or from wearing our masks (it was so humid) but our guide took great care to raise her voice to make sure we could hear.

    The stories were not the most exciting compared to other tours, but they were delivered clearly. Our kids had been on the tour that included the prison during a school trip and preferred that version, but this one was also very good.
    Written August 8, 2021
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    Megan R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Solo
    Incredible tour (even if it did start a little rainy) by Sarah Anne. She was so knowledgable of the city and enthusiastic about any questions I had. The tour itself was such a fun way to learn about the darker history of the city and to see the old buildings at night. I would definitely recommend if you are only in Ottawa for a short time and want to see more of the city.
    Written September 13, 2022
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    Experience782498
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fun evening spent learning some of the lesser known history of the city! I’ve always wanted to do this tour, and finally did it tonight, a month before moving out of the city. I don’t know how you arranged the full moon, but it was a nice touch.
    Our guide, Darcy, was a great story-teller and managed to project her voice over all the busyness of the area.
    Now I want to do the other tours in Ottawa!
    Written October 28, 2023
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    Rae Rae C
    280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting walking tour of Ottawa and it’s haunted history. The perfect length (about 1.5 hrs). The guide was a great story teller and did an excellent job pointing out interesting landmarks along the way. Recommend booking a time when it’s just getting dark for extra spookiness!!
    Written May 21, 2022
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    Hello Rae! Thank you for joining us on our Ottawa tour! We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Ottawa definitely has a lot of spooky landmarks, and the darkness really adds to that! Hope to see you on another tour soon!
    Written May 30, 2022
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    Rodney H
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Couples
    Margot, our host, told her ghost stories without any cheesy vocal or visual effects. She chose not to channel Vincent Price or Elvira. Rather, she kept it all conversations and relatable, taking questions and providing her sources like a good journalist. And given we did most of our tour in daylight, that worked fine. She also offered up solid contextual information about Ottawa history, various buildings and why there might have been ghosts in different places. Definitely worth the money.
    Written June 14, 2024
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