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
  • Socialising

Green rating



The only disappointment was the bar wasn't open while we stayed. Would have been nice to have had a cool beer after a long day of travelling. We especially enjoyed the tour of the jail. Very good and fun experience though!


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Sun 10 May 2015

I like everything about this hostel, especially, the location and the Staff, they are awesome and super nice. I would just say that the Wi-fi should be improved - the connection is very bad everywhere except at the lobby. Thanks


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Tue 05 May 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