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Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Very interesting Jail on Halloween

This place is something to see, the architecture is incredible. They hosted a night for Halloween... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lulu M
Bradenton, Florida
Great visit

We visited with our grandson, got a private tour, the young lady was well informed and her stories... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Hawkesbury, Canada
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Come and visit the oldest jail in Ontario and the second oldest jail in Canada. The L'Orignal Old Jail is a unique tourist attraction in eastern Ontario. Open to the public since June 2007, the historic building motivates people from the surrounding...more
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1023 Rue Queen, L'Orignal, Hawkesbury, Ontario K0B 1K0, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is something to see, the architecture is incredible. They hosted a night for Halloween and it was very scarey. Worth it though.

Thank Lulu M
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We visited with our grandson, got a private tour, the young lady was well informed and her stories left a good impression on our grandson.

Thank Gus943
Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Located in a historic building where the last hanging in Canada occurred, the museum is curated by volunteers with a love for the town and its history. Guided tours are offered in summer months. Special events are offered throughout the year.

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Interesting visit since this jail was closed in 1998, this is a visit of about 1 hour but the story is great

Thank Micheline L
Reviewed July 27, 2017

The prison was easy to find and though there was a fake prison break going on, we were greeted by Sophie who was very friendly, bilingual, patient and extremely knowledgeable. We were also greeted by a lady who worked there and her 9yo daughter Eva...More

Thank Senior M
Reviewed November 7, 2016

It is a little bit out of the way either driving from Ottawa or from Montreal, but if you are in the area you should pay a visit. The cost is cheap and the guided tour is great. You get a lot of information regarding...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2016

From 1825-1998 this jail was in operation as the only Francophone correctional centre in Ontario. The tour lasts between 30-45 minutes, you are taken through the intake process, the visitor room, viewing of the solitary confinement cell, the cell for women which was later changed...More

1  Thank Colleen685
Reviewed July 25, 2016

This small museum gives history of not only the prison and courthouse, but culture and life in general, putting broader historical moments into context with a view of local and regular people. Good value and great for a short activity for people of all ages....More

2  Thank EKJ06
Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Great museum to visit if travelling through hawksbury in a little town just west called L'Orignal. Kids had alot of questions as this jail was different than the ones they visited before like in Cornwall and Kingston. We wont give it away but if you...More

1  Thank cherylr2014
Reviewed March 7, 2016

A piece of History but, a necessity just the same in a rural community. Well restored with some interesting tid bits about people who once occupied the cells.Interesting to see where the old gallows were, the small cells and where the prisnors ate. Still local...More

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Carole L L
July 18, 2017|
Response from lorignalprison |
Hi! Those are the admissions fees to visit the jail :) Adults $6 Seniors (65+) $5 Students $5 Children (5 – 12) $3 Family* $15 *2 adults + children Thank you for your interest, The l'Orignal Old Jail Summer Team
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