One of the mottos in the Weekendtrips office is to always keep your options open when it comes to planning weekend activities and in that regard, voluntarily spending the night in an Ottawa jail cell is the perfect choice if you are looking to add a little variety to your normal Saturday and Sunday routine.
Housed in a 150 former Carleton County Gaol, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel (75 Nicholas St., Ottawa ON) allows visitors to spend the night in a jail cell without committing a crime. Promising that it is unlike any other place in the world, the jail’s walls are made of stone and brick just like a normal prison.
The hostel also features its own “Jail Bar” called Mugshots and is known as being one of the best underground venues in Canada’s capital city.
Unlike a regular criminal, there are plenty of perks available to potential prison patrons as the HI-Ottawa Jail hostel features free breakfast, free tours and free internet access. There are also plenty of things to keep your entertained and these include coordinated bike rides and pub crawls. The hostel also offers discounted tickets to the National Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada and haunted tours as well.
The hotel is located within walking distance to all of Ottawa’s must-see attractions including Parliament Hill, Byward Market and various trendy boutiques and cafes.
Renting a cell costs anywhere between $30 and $100 for the night, depending on how much privacy you’d like and if you don’t mind sharing living quarters with other prisoners, the rate drops dramatically.
More information is available at hi hostels.ca