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Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour
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Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour

By The Haunted Walk
Recommended by 91% of travellers
91% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
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.
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Ages 10-99, max of 16 per group
Duration: 1h 15m
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, French
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Highlights
  • 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

  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - The Haunted Walk
  • Entry/Admission - Ottawa
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

Departure details
  • 46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada Haunted Walk's ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa
Return details
  • Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel, 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31824P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

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

How much is Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour?
Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour price starts from C$34.67. Discover and book Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour cancellation policy?
Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 15m. Discover and book Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour on Tripadvisor

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: 31824P6

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    46 Sparks St.
    46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada
    Haunted Walk's ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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    Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    Enter into one of the most haunted buildings in North Ameria! Hear the chilling ghost stories and dark history as you explore the cellblock, death row, and the last working gallows in Canada.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel
    75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
    See address & details
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About the operator
The Haunted Walk
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Joined in March 2009
  • jannG7235KQ
    jannG7235KQ
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    Gifted storyteller made for a great experience.
    Lots of fun; many thanks to Paul who is a gifted storyteller (which is the most important part of anything to do with ghosts!). He made this a great evening. An interesting way to explore downtown too.
  • Experience782498
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    Everything I hoped it would be
    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!
  • Inked_ChinaDoll84
    Inked_ChinaDoll84
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    Educational Fun!
    I love walking tours! This tour was my first experience with this company; I especially enjoyed the spooky edge. Let's say my fear of ghosts was definitely tingling with eery anticipation. The historian in me was also appeased. Monica was our guide: she was A+. Can't wait to try more of these in Toronto!
  • kjbull2022
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    Absolutely Enjoyable
    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.
  • marybU8170CE
    marybU8170CE
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    Original Haunted Walk
    I took the original tour at 9PM, August 4th. I think the name of the tour guide was Cassie and she was amazing, I had a great time learning about the spooky side of Ottawa, she was very friendly and almost added a spooky tone to all stories she told. Very interesting experience, I'd recommend it 100%
  • ruru57
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    brilliant
    my siblings and i did the walk with monica. it was the best experience we had in the city in the 10 days we were there for. monica’s storytelling was great and she answered all the questions we had. i will highly recommend this experience for both locals and visitors in ottawa. would definitely try the jail walk next time i’m in ottawa. thank you monica!
  • 824lyndsayt
    824lyndsayt
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    Very Fun & Atmospheric
    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.
  • 242gegen
    242gegen
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    The best!
    The tour was great, our guide (Caroline) was exceptional, made all the right pauses to give the stories the right amount of dramatic flare.. we didn't even feel the cold!
  • ImusUbique
    ImusUbique
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    Great walk
    Felix was a great guide. Enjoyable evening all round! Got to walk along Rideau canal and through city hall sharing ghost stories
  • D4085FKamyb
    D4085FKamyb
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    Practically and Paranormally Informative
    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!
  • GenevieveFromSuds
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    You won’t regret it! Do it now!
    Spooktacular!! And at a steal if a price! This was a great way to learn more about the history of the city and all the spooky vibes. Our guide Nathan was top notch 👌. I’d consider a season’s pass if they had one and several different tours! Will definitely be bringing friends and family from out of town.
  • meganrO6895BW
    meganrO6895BW
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    Great Tour by Sarah Anne
    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.
  • lynnng2022
    lynnng2022
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    Good experience
    Very interesting The guide was very knowledgeable The weather was just perfect, rain, tnunder, lightning I would recommend that walk
  • 965marielat
    965marielat
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    Must do in Ottawa!
    It was a great experience!, our tour guide Monica vas very knowledgeable and made us feel excited on every story she was telling. I would totally recommend this tour!
  • Tourist43205813602
    Tourist43205813602
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    Fun and interesting way to explore the city. Sarah Anne was great
    Sarah Anne was an engaging guide on this interesting and informative tour. We learned some interesting history of Ottawa and legends about the paranormal in the downtown area. I wouldn’t worry about nightmares after, but just enough creepiness to keep everyone interested. Not a fast pace but lots of walking if you e already spent the day on your feet! The city looks totally different and beautiful at night!
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Aaron W
Pittsburgh, PA6 contributions
Feb. 2020
We had a wonderful tour of the old jail. It was perfect for the entire family including our younger son. The tour was very fun and very safe and we really had a gret time. We recommend highly if you are looking to experince some history and intrigue into Ottawa's past.
Written February 11, 2020
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kazMaidstone
Maidstone47 contributions
Jul. 2022
Advertised as a 75 minute tour but you are only in the jail for about 35 minutes (it takes nearly 30 minutes to walk to the jail from the meeting point). Overall the tour was quite interesting but the guide could have added a bit more ‘theatre’ in the stories to make it more fun.
Still worthwhile
Written July 8, 2022
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hautedwalkottawa
Hello! Thank you so much for joining us on tour! We're glad to hear you found it interesting. We appreciate all your suggestions and will be passing them along to our Ottawa team! Stay spooky!
Written August 3, 2022
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_cassf94
20 contributions
I honestly don’t know what I was expecting from this tour, but I’d been to both haunted walks of Kingston and Fort Henry years ago and loved it. I was excited to spend some time in the jail itself but we spent more time on the streets than we did in the actual hostel.
The tour is 75 minutes but you’re in the jail for maybe 20 mins. You’re super rushed once inside and only get to see two different areas.
Wouldn’t recommend this tour and will not be going on the haunted walk of Ottawa tour because of this, quite frankly boring, experience.
Written September 25, 2022
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acapella1976
Gatineau, Canada18 contributions
I was afraid it would be lame for my 16 and 12 year old but they really appreciated it. Oliver, our guide, knows how to tell a good story. I was listening to every word. I was kind of hoping something scary would happen but nothing scary happened. Hahaha But seriously, it was entertaining for adults and teens. I wouldn't recommend under 10 years old as it is stated on their website. It's not THAT spooky, there's just a lot of talking and they might not have the interest as it is basically a history lesson. But a very interesting one nonetheless.
Written August 10, 2022
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Jess H
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Oct. 2022
Absolutely LOVED the tour. I've been on haunted walks and ghost tours in some of the most haunted places in the world, and I am happy to add this one to the list. Our storyteller, Heather, was an excellent and informative guide, and the jail itself was delightfully creepy. Would absolutely love to sleep there if it does open back up as a hostel. Do yourself a favor and eat at D'Arcy Magee's next door before you go on the tour. Makes for a perfect opener to this historical jaunt.
Written October 17, 2022
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Steffan S
2 contributions
Aug. 2022
It was a bit disappointing to be honest because the time at the prison felt rushed. The spookiness never quite kicked in. It felt more to us like a historical tour/visit than a tour from the Haunted Walk team. It is advertised as a 75 min tour but we were done in less than an hour.

We have been to many other tours of the haunted walk team in the past few years and this is the one we enjoyed the least. Definitely not a four on the spookiness scale as advertised on the website.
Written August 20, 2022
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Tamie P
1 contribution
Aug. 2022
I was looking forward to this tour and I was disappointed. Our tour guide did not engage the group and I felt like she was only focused on getting through her stories and not encouraging us to be part of the experience. I felt rushed when we were in jail and had no time to take photos. Our tour ended early (we spent less than 60 minutes). I would not recommend it.
Written August 25, 2022
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Vincent B
Quebec City, Canada2 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
First, the visit do not begin at the jail but for away in the city. The person in charge not verify at the beginning if you are in the correct group cause there are plenty. About the visit of the prison itself, the guid give a lot of infos, explain well, spell well and talk high enough. However, the time of the visit is pretty quick. Fair in overall, but not go over the expectations.
Written August 16, 2022
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Ben R
Ditchling, UK181 contributions
We had a fantastic tour with Dana, who did an excellent job telling us a key story in Ottowa’s history. They made sure the story was informative but also spooky and it was very intriguing to see the old Ottowa jailhouse. I would thoroughly recommend this tour and would like to thank Dana for being an excellent guide.
Written May 23, 2023
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Vincent J
7 contributions
1 hour walking, 15 minutes tour. Not scary at all, that’s only a jailhouse visit with a guide telling stories. Boring and disappointing. The visit of the Philadelphia Eastern state penitentiary is interesting and scary during Halloween (terror behind the walls). Cheaper and 10 times better
Written December 30, 2022
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