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Ghosts and the Gallows - Haunted Jail Tour provided by Haunted Walk of Ottawa

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.
You'll start at
46 Sparks St.
46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, CanadaHaunted Walk's ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa
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    Haunted Walk of Ottawa
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    Follow your cloaked and lantern-carrying tour guide on a 60 to 75-minute storytelling adventure that will surprise, amaze and delight even the most skeptical in your group. Along the way, you will hear a number of stories and explore many parts of the jail, including: • The assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee • The Faceless Ghost of the old Carleton County Jail • Take a "cell-fie" in the cell block • Visit death row and stand before the last working gallows in Canada • Hear of the levitating coin and the custodian who saw something walk through his bedroom wall • Was an innocent man hanged for the crime? Is he still buried on the jail grounds to this day? Take part in our mini-mock trial and decide for yourself! Your tour begins and ends at the old Carleton County Jail.
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You'll end at
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
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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
  • 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 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 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Melg wrote a review Mar 2020
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Sara was a great tour guide. We really enjoyed her animation and how she would tell the stories. We do wish we had a bit more time at each “location” in the jail to take more pictures/video’s. Would be nice to see if we could add to those ghost stories. But overall, a great
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Date of experience: March 2020
Sandie wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
The tour guide was very engaging. Loved the historical information provided and the re-enacting of the trial of Patrick Whalen. Although there weren't any ghosts manifested at the time, the allure was still there! It was a windy, cool evening which added to the thrill! Enjoyed
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Date of experience: March 2020
Amber M wrote a review Mar 2020
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada22 contributions8 helpful votes
A great way to get some sightseeing and history of the city. Nathan, our tour guide was fantastic! Would recommend
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Date of experience: March 2020
Muriel D wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
We had another wonderful time with the people at Haunted Walk. It was my nephew and my son's first walk and they loved it! I think they've found another set of new customers for life (Or death lol).
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Date of experience: March 2020
Serge wrote a review Feb 2020
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Just wanted to say that we had a fantastic time, based on real Ottawa history, true accounts and an a great story teller (sorry I missed her name) but this is something that I would strongly suggest for people to do whether you are a local or just passing by Ottawa. Well done,
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Great experience
This was such an experience, I didn’t expect any of the things that happened during the tour. The experience is not
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Tour needs to give Full Disclosure
This is not like the other Haunted Walks and they should be providing full disclosure that they are doing occult ac
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Such a fake set up! Don't waste your money on this one.
Everything is staged no matter what they tell you, from beginning to end it's all set up so you think events are re
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Amazingly Horrifying Experience
There was eight in our group, and we are big in ghost stories.. This was a fantastic experience for all of us, and
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Awesome night
Had a great time! Very cool tour! Something different to do in Ottawa! Tour was entertaining and fun!
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To be honest, I did not enjoy the Laurier Haunted Tour so much. Even though it was original and creepy by moments.
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A MUST see in Ottawa!
I went with a friend, both total skeptics. They did SUCH a great job we couldn't stop talking about it for 2 days,
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An evening walk thru historic Ottawa - pat and present!
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This was an amazing experience. So much fun! Our guide was fantastic! Highly recommend for those looking for a sp
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Had a blast at the Haunted Walk: Laurier House! Our host, Brittney, was excellent at setting the mood, and a very g
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Really entertaining and interesting tour
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our experience at the Haunting at Laurier House. It was a really different experi
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All tricks, no treats... but still exhilarating.
We are HUGE Haunted Walk Ottawa fans. We’ve been on many tours with this company, all very positive. This was diffe
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Perfectly creepy
I had a great evening! A wonderful eery atmosphere and some really well done spooks, I very highly recommend.
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I really would have appreciated getting an opportunity to see the house along with some historical overview.Instead
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  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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