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Ghosts and the Gallows - Haunted Jail Tour

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Take a spooky tour through one of North America’s most haunted buildings: the Old Carleton County Jail in Ottawa. Get ready for an evening of chilling tales and things that go bump in the night on the site of Canada’s last operational gallows, led by a guide who shares all the history and hauntings of the Ghosts and Gallows.
  • Costumed storyteller-guides leading the tour adds to the creepiness factor
  • Skip the line and have your spot guaranteed on this popular tour
  • Hear the tales of ghostly happenings at one of Canada’s most haunted hostels
  • The haunted tour runs year-round; dress for a short walk outside
What to Expect
Meet your guide and storyteller for the evening outside the tour ticket. The historical costume they wear and ghostly lantern they carry help set the tone for the chilling tales to come. Follow the alley down to the hostel that was once the Old Carleton County Jail, a prison that housed some of Ottawa’s most notorious criminals before they were hanged on the on-site gallows. Some say the unhappy souls of the wrongly executed still haunt the place! Before the tour ends at the jail, decide for yourself if the tales of floating coins, unexplained chills, and faceless ghosts could possibly be true.
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Important Information
Departure Point
46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada
1h 15m
Return Details
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Haunted Walk of Ottawa
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I was very pleased with the tour. Our guide, Seth, was very social with us while providing us the history and stories based off the jail. He was very informed and was able to answer our questions. The tour is an amazing experience and you learn a lot, not only about the
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Our tour guide was Kendall and she obviously enjoys her work. She thoroughly engaged with all members of the group and I was shocked when my daughter volunteered to read a paragraph related to the site of the executions. Can’t imagine my daughter doing that in a less than
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I was disappointed by the haunted walk because of the lack of enthusiasm and the inability to feel or imagine the moment when the story occurs. During her story, she should have put herself more at the time (century) to make it more real. In addition, some parts of the prison
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Ghosts and the Gallows tour was both informative and had a goosebump inducing spooky appeal. I highly recommend Nathan as the tour guide, full of interesting facts and he reeled you in, giving the sensation that anything could happen on the tour, I was on edge the entire time in
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I went with a group of friends. I learned about some crazy history, and got to see the infamous Carleton County Jail. Our guide was Hannah, who did an awesome job.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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