Welcome to HI Ottawa Jail

Our COVID-19 Response

Your safety and comfort are our top priorities

As a precautionary measure, our guest kitchen will be closing on Thursday, March 19th until further notice. Our front desk staff will be happy to direct you to nearby restaurants. For the most up to date information on HI Canada’s response to COVID-19, visit http://www.hihostels.ca/covid19.

What's going on


Jail Tour

At 11 am every day, learn about the jail's captivating (and slightly creepy) history.


Games Night

Join us for an evening of board games with fellow travellers every Sunday at the hostel.


Pub Crawl

Every Friday, we take you to our favorite local pubs for a pint (or two).


Museum Tour

Culture and history buffs, join us to discover one of Ottawa's national museums. 


Ice skate on the Rideau Canal

Skate along the beautiful canal while learning about the history of his famous waterway. Stop at the south end of the canal for a pint and warm up before skating back to the hostel.


City Walk

See the sights of Ottawa as we wander down Sparks Street, through Parliament Hill, along the Ottawa River and through the beautiful Byward Market.

HI discounts you don't want to miss

The Haunted Walk

Get a $2 discount on HI Ottawa Jail's walking tour

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Chateau Lafayette

Buy a drink and get one free

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The Art House Cafe

Get 15% off tasty drinks and snacks

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Zak's Diner

Get a 10% discount on meals

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Coyote Rock Gym

Get 50% off on Single-Day Passes

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