Guided tour

Ottawa: Haunted Carleton County Jail Tour

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26 reviews

Activity provider:The Haunted Walk
Guided tour

Ottawa: Haunted Carleton County Jail Tour

Activity provider:The Haunted Walk

From US$ 23.13 per person

Take a chilling journey to the old Carleton County Jail, one of the most haunted buildings in North America. Visit the jail's most spooky locations and hear gruesome tales of its infamous killings.

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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Get frightened as you walk the hallways of Ottawa’s famous haunted jail
  • Take a journey back in time with your cloaked and lantern-carrying tour guide
  • Hear the chilling tales of faceless ghosts and levitating coins in the building
  • Tour the cellblocks where all kinds of inmates were once imprisoned before death
  • Walk the final footsteps of those sentenced to Death Row and see working gallows
Full description

Come along on a frightening tour of the 19th-century Carleton County Jail, where you will meet your cloaked and lantern-carrying guide on a scary storytelling journey through the facilities. Find your way around by lantern light and enter Ottawa’s famous haunted jail, which now functions as a hostel. See some of the intact jail areas, which once housed some of the city's most infamous criminals, before they were hanged on the on-site gallows. Some say that their souls still haunt the site. Visit the jail's eeriest spots as your guide shares spooky stories of levitating coins and faceless ghosts. Learn about the gruesome assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee and tour the cellblocks where inmates were once imprisoned.

Lastly, retrace the final footsteps of the condemned as you walk from Death Row to the last working gallows in Canada.

  • Carleton Country Jail admission
  • Tour guide
  • Tips for tour guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

You will meet your cloaked guide at the activity provider's ticket office, located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, near the corner of Sparks and Elgin.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for children under 10.
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

based on 26 reviews

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Alright. The guide has been fantastic but in general you don't see much of the place. It would be nice to see more jail locations.

May 23, 2023

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May 7, 2023

Product ID: 420485