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Ghosts and the Gallows Haunted Carleton County Jail in Ottawa

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Ghosts and the Gallows Haunted Carleton County Jail in Ottawa

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Let Ottawa’s supernatural history capture your attention on this ghost walk and tour of the Old Carleton County Jail. Alongside a costumed guide, visit haunted spots such as Canada’s last functioning gallows and Carleton County Jail—now a haunted hostel—and listen to terrifying tales of unlawful hangings, faceless ghosts, and infamous assassinations. Choose from two departure times.
  • Ghost tour of Old Carleton County Jail in Ottawa
  • Suited to travelers interested in the supernatural
  • Tour the reputedly haunted Carleton County Jail, a spooky 19th-century structure
  • Hear tales of faceless ghosts, levitating coins, and unlawful hangings
  • Choose from two evening departure times
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Departure Point

46 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8, Canada

Haunted Walk's ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa

Return Details

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
Greet your cloaked guide outside of the Haunted Walk’s ticket office 15 minutes in advance of your selected start time. By lantern light, weave your wicked way to Carleton County Jail, a site of reputed haunting that now functions as a hostel.

Your guide tells eerie and entertaining tales of levitating coins, faceless ghosts, and the gruesome assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee as you visit the jail’s spookiest spots.

Visit death row and the site of the last gallows to operate in Canada, and listen to the tale of a custodian who saw a former inmate walk through his bedroom wall. 

Your tour concludes outside of the jail.
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Haunted Walk of Ottawa
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.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Haunted Walks Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-5
Great visite
Francis_G
, Mar 2020
Tour was great, learned a lot about the prison. Kids and I really liked it. The tour guide was great. She answered all questions and told great tales.
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Haunted tour of Ottawa jail
181chill
, Sep 2019
A bit expensive for what you get. Felt Overly rehearsed. Would go again but warmer night. Jail was too freshened up so it wasn’t as creepy as expected
star-4
Spooky!
CatherineDLondon
, Aug 2019
Emma certainly knew her stuff! The jail was atmospheric and her tales grabbed my 12 year olds attention. Interesting to hear some historical stories about Ottawa.
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Did more talking on the walk there and...
shelly r
, Sep 2017
Did more talking on the walk there and it was more of a murder mystery.I thought we were going to see more of the jail not just the one floor.It was not what i thought it would be at all.

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