Historic SDG Jail c1833


Built in 1833, the Jail remained active as either a minimum or maximum-security facility until 2002. It served many purposes during those years including as an asylum, a house of refuge, a courthouse and of course as a jail where numerous escapes and deaths took place.

Men, women, and children of all ages were incarcerated there for various offences that included everything from simply being in debt to committing a heinous murder. It was also the site of many deaths; by hanging, illness, suicide, and occasionally violence. There are quite a few unclaimed bodies buried in the exercise yard.

While it was designed to hold around 35 inmates, the Jail was often overcrowded. The conditions were sometimes dreadful and other times reasonable.

If only the walls could talk! Take a GUIDED TOUR and hear all its secrets.

Knowledgeable guides will enlighten and entertain you with fascinating true stories. They will answer all your questions. During the tour you will have the opportunity to visit the original courthouse, the cell blocks, the surveillance room, the exercise yard, the gallows and much more. You will also be able to enter any cells you'd like and take as many pictures as you please!

Tours are available daily, every hour. Reservations are not required but if you'd like to guarantee a spot, please call (613) 935-4891 or email us here. Tours are offered in both English and French.

NOTE: the Jail is seasonal and opens for Tours in late May.

  • Hours of Operation : Wednesday through Sunday 10AM - 6PM
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  • Wheelchair Accessible : No

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