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“A nice place to visit but not to stay!”

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 28 July 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 who was a very enthusiastic junior tour guide. Sophie took pictures of us with our cameras and encouraged us to take our time at the end of the tour to revisit any and all parts of this old prison. The cost was perfect at $6.00 and $5.00 for 65 and over. We were told about all the cultural activities that take place in the prison such as plays throughout the month of June. There is a waiting list for next year's performances and they gladly take names, phone numbers and emails so that you have first dibs for tickets when they became available. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: July 2017
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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.

Date of experience: July 2016
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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 the medical room. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, she was able to answer all of our questions, bilingual and friendly. The cost of the tour was $6.00. We were told that there are now murder mystery evenings held there, Escape manor evenings and dinner/theater. It is definitely worth investigating.

Date of experience: August 2016
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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.

Date of experience: July 2016
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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 friendly and staff are extreamly helpfull in both french and english.

Date of experience: April 2016
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