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Address: 1023 Rue Queen, L'Orignal, Hawkesbury, Ontario K0B 1K0, Canada
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Come and visit the oldest jail in Ontario and the second oldest jail in...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
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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 this only french language prison in Ontario. The visit includes cells, isolation cells and much... More 

Thank thor2705
Ottawa, Canada
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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 to a protective custody cell for males, cell block 1, the exercise yards, classroom and... More 

Thank Colleen685
Montreal, Canada
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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. Many artifacts on display. Offers guided or self-guided touring.

1 Thank EKJ06
Niagara Falls, Canada
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Reviewed 10 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 are interested in Ontario history and jails this is one you must visit. Very kid... More 

Thank Cheryl R
Hawkesbury, Canada
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Reviewed 8 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 people around who remember stories of this jail.

Thank chathamgirl
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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 tour... The guide conceded and did the tour in English...if you have set tour times..they... More 

Thank Brenda390
Eastern Canada
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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 sent elsewhere, several of them to Ottawa. You will also learn if any of their... More 

1 Thank Clara1953
L'Orignal, Canada
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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 to prisoners in this facility. Now it has become the top tourist attraction in this... More 

2 Thank Roger S
Morin Heights, Canada
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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 to find out (the next day by telephone) that they only open sporadically. The Thursday... More 

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Emma C, General Manager at Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail, responded to this review

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. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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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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