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  1. Doing time at the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

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    Doing time at the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel


    While I’ve been here in Ottawa, I’ve been staying at the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel on Nicholas Street close to the Rideau Centre, Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market. This is a pretty unique hostel as it’s located inside a former prison.

    The prison in question was the Carleton County Gaol, which operated for over a hundred years. I’m staying on level seven and up on level eight you’ll find the Carleton Country Gaol Heritage Centre which boasts preserved cells and numerous artefacts to check out.

    Guided tours are available and run every day from 7pm at the hostel. On these tours you’ll learn all about the history of the gaol, its death row, some of its most famous inhabitants and plenty more. However, if you’re staying at the hostel and you don’t fancy going on one of the tours, you can still check out some of the old cells.

    To do so, just head up to level eight and turn right. The heritage centre is on the left, but on the right you’ll be able to see some old cells such as the ones pictured above.

    While the lodgings up on level eight still look like they did when the gaol was operational, the hostel dorms and private rooms are much more comfortable, as you can see from the picture of my room below.

    Tomorrow, after I get released from jail, I’m catching a train and heading to Toronto, the second last stop on my trip to Canada.

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