You can sleep in an actual jail cell at this haunted Canadian hostel
Have you ever wanted to spend a night in jail? Probably not, but the Ottawa Jail Hostel might change your mind. That’s right, folks, this hostel was an operation jail all the way until 1972. Talk about a unique place to stay…
The building was first constructed way, way back in 1862. It went through a long, dark period of hosting prisoners whose crimes varied from burglary to public drunkenness, all the way to murder.
In fact, the entire top floor of the building had at one point been used as a death row. Obviously, that’s led to quite a few claims of the building being haunted. Yikes.
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It’s not all sad stories and spooky tales, however, as Hostelling International saw potential in the historic building. With its solid location near the University of Ottawa and Byward Market, turning the spot into a hostel seemed like a no-brainer.
Now, guests can wander the reportedly haunted halls and (try to) sleep for very affordable prices. Seems like a good time all around, right ghost hunters?
The hostel has everything from shared dorm rooms to deluxe private suites, but their most popular accommodation is the authentic single jail cell. You read that right. You can literally sleep in a jail cell that used to house prisoners!
Don’t be frightened though, the place has a very good reputation and is definitely worth the adventure. Next time you’re in Ottawa, toss this one to the top of your list. Cheers!
Where: 75 Nicholas Street – Ottawa, Ontario