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Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail

1023 Rue Queen, L'Orignal, Hawkesbury, Ontario K0B 1K0, Canada
+1 613-675-4661
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Great experience

It is a little bit out of the way either driving from Ottawa or from Montreal, but if you are in... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Oldest Jail in Ontario

From 1825-1998 this jail was in operation as the only Francophone correctional centre in Ontario... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
Ottawa, 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 region and elsewhere to soak in the penitentiary atmosphere of long ago. From June 1st until Labour Day, the prison is open seven days a week between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Venez visiter la plus ancienne prison en Ontario et la deuxieme plus ancienne au Canada. L'Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal est une attraction touristique tout a fait unique dans l'Est ontarien. Ouvert au public depuis juin 2007, le batiment historique incite les gens de la region et de partout dans le monde a se submerger dans l'atmosphere carceral d'antan. A partir du 1er juin jusqu'a la fete du travail, la prison est ouverte 7 jours par semaine et ce, de 10h a 16h.
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1023 Rue Queen, L'Orignal, Hawkesbury, Ontario K0B 1K0, Canada
+1 613-675-4661
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Reviewed 7 November 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

Thank thor2705
Reviewed 7 August 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

Thank Colleen685
Reviewed 25 July 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 9 April 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 Cheryl R
Reviewed 7 March 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

Thank chathamgirl
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Interesting visit..staff was informative..they have French and English tours...we waited for an English tour time...when it was time the other visitors were French...the tour guide asked us if we would mind to do the tour in French...I said we had waited specifically for an English...More

Thank Brenda390
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Our guide took us through this prison which was the oldest in Ontario and the second oldest in Canada (Trois-Rivieres has the oldest). Having never visited such a facility, we were totally fascinated by life in a prison. Closed in 1998, it's inmates were then...More

1  Thank Clara1953
Reviewed 31 May 2015

It seems not that long ago, (early 1990's) that this facility, which I believe was the oldest operating prison in Ontario, was home to numerous provincial offenders. I remember in 1993, (I was part time Registrar for the criminal court of Ontario) reading court decisions...More

2  Thank Roger S
Reviewed 15 November 2014

I don't know if this qualifies as a review, but I suppose all experiences are valued by potential visitors! The prison's website said opening hours were from 10am-4pm daily. When we arrived (from Quebec) at 1:30pm, we found the doors locked. We were extremely disappointed...More

5  Thank RM F
Emma C, General Manager at Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2015

Hello, We apologize sincerely for your unpleasant experience. The website has been updated to properly explain the opening hours. Please contact us at lorignal.prison@hotmail.ca and we will be happy to welcome you to the jail for a guided tour free of charge.

Reviewed 5 May 2014

The food is fresh and the portions amble. There are very healthy salads and the coffee was also very good.

2  Thank Karine427
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Carole L L
19 July 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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