Formerly the Carleton County Gaol jail, Ottawa Jail Hostel is a historic landmark that offers you the unique opportunity sleep in a former jail cell. This downtown hostel has bags of character and charm and makes a great base to explore Canada's capital.

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel offers a unique blend of shared and private jail cells as well as traditional shared and private hostel style rooms. There’s free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a large fully equipped kitchen and an onsite bar called ‘Mugshots’. There are also areas that are still set up as they were when prisoners occupied the jail, including death row and the gallows.

Museums, galleries, festivals, national historic sites, bustling city activities and scenic recreational paths all are located close to the hostel, and your HI membership will get you discounts at many local restaurants and businesses designed to enhance your experience.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Culture
  • Shopping

Green rating



We really recommend the Jail-Tour!!! It's just fun and all of the staff members were soooo friendly!


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Mon 23 Nov 2015

Unique experience staying in a jail cell. Hostel was located in city...walking distance to many of the city attractions and services. I would recommend this hostel to anyone with a sense of adventure. Staff was very helpful and informative.


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Fri 16 Oct 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

Prenez une carte à l'entrée de l'auberge.

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Mon 12 May 2014

Where next?

Colline parlementaire, se promener dans Ottawa.

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Mon 12 May 2014