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Ottawa Ghosts and the Gallows Old Carleton County Jail Tour

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  • 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
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Ottawa Ghosts and the Gallows Old Carleton County Jail Tour
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8pm English tour
On your 60 - 75 minute tour experience, we take you inside the old Carleton County Jail (now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America!
From US$18.90
9pm English tour
On your 60 - 75 minute tour experience, we take you inside the old Carleton County Jail (now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America!
From US$18.90
7:30pm English Tour
On your 60 - 75 minute tour experience, we take you inside the old Carleton County Jail (now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America!
From US$18.90
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Overview

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.

What to Expect

Meet your guide and storyteller for the evening outside the tour ticket wicket on Sparks Street. 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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1 - 5 of 22 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Interesting and educational

We joined a tour last evening and were impressed with our guides knowledge and ability to engage all ages. While we had no supernatural encounters we did learn some Ottawa history and got.a sense of the conditions of incarceration in early 1900’s.

Thank jknudsen2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Spooky Sunday Stroll

My girlfriend and I went on this tour while we were visiting Ottawa, and it was a very cool experience. Erin was our tour guide and she was absolutely fantastic. She was funny, knowledgeable, easily answered any questions the group had and kept the tour...More

Thank Matt J
Reviewed 7 May 2018
Crime and Punishment Jail Tour

This was an awesome experience! Our tour guide, Emily was very good! This is a great way to tour the jail and you don't hear any of the haunted stories but rather a history of the jail...though they do throw in a few tales here...More

Thank katertravels2287
JimHW, Manager at Haunted Walk of Ottawa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thanks so much for joining us! We're glad to hear you enjoyed exploring the old jail with Emily - we'll be sure to let her know you enjoyed her tour! It's definitely a spooky spot to visit, and we love having the chance to give...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018
anti-climactic

In hindsight I'm not too sure what I was expecting from this tour but after doing it, I honestly found boring. The beginning of the tour on Sparks Street was interesting but once we got into the jail the guide deflated a bit and it...More

Thank Jonathan L
JimHW, Manager at Haunted Walk of Ottawa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thanks for taking the time to share your review, Jonathan! We're sorry to hear the tour wasn't what your were expecting. Most folks, as is clear from the reviews, find the jail to be a very creepy spot to experience. We choose not to use...More

Reviewed 23 April 2018
An Excellent Ending to a Trip

My friend and I stayed the weekend in Ottawa and decided to do the 8pm walk the evening of our last night and it was awesome - a perfect ending. The tour was the perfect length, our tour guide knew her stuff, was funny and...More

Thank amandah012
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