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Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in L'Orignal
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
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 friendly and staff are extreamly helpfull in both french and english.

1  Thank Cheryl R
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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.

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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 should be adhered to.

Thank Brenda390
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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 inmates were hung there and how the life of a prisoner was anything but a hardship. They also had a special WWI exhibit. Check to make sure it is open during the off-season. Open daily from June to September. A good historical visit.

1  Thank Claire G
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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 area.

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