Spending the night in a jail cell for the first time

There were a lot of unknowns going into this week’s 52 in 52 activity!  I did know though that this would be my first time spending the night in a jail cell, but if I was lucky, it would also be my first time experiencing something paranormal!


I had heard the stories of how the old Ottawa Jail, (which is now a hostel,) is haunted, and being a fan of the paranormal, I just had to spend the night there!

According to the Jail Hostel’s Wikipedia page

The Nicholas Street Gaol was the main jail of Ottawa for over a century, and was the site of the hanging of Patrick J. Whelan on February 11th, 1869, for the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee.  In fact, those original gallows are still intact and remain fully functional at the hostel.

The building remained in use as a jail until 1972.  While open, the jail inflicted very inhumane conditions upon those imprisoned there and modern day excavations of the property have revealed numerous unmarked graves.

Some of the sightings and paranormal activity reported by staff and guests at the hostel have included…

  • Seeing Patrick Whelan‘s spirit at the end of guests’ beds or in his death-row cell.
  • Negative energy and many hauntings in an area called “The Hole,” which was the solitary confinement section of the jail.
  • Sounds of crying and screaming in the area that is considered to be the “Lounge,” which is where women and children prisoners were held.
  • Spirits that have been “violent”towards certain people who have visited the jail’s “stairwell.”

By now you’re probably dying to know if I experienced anything paranormal during my stay in one of the solitary confinement cells in “The Hole!”  Well, watch video below to find out!!

Maybe you can have better luck experiencing the ghosts of the old Ottawa Jail by staying at the Hostel!  If you’re interested, go to https://hihostels.ca/en/destinations/ontario/hi-ottawa

Don’t have the nerve to stay the night?  Then just tour the jail on Ottawa’s haunted walk Ghosts and the Gallows Tour.

Well, my project of trying 52 new things in 52 weeks rolls on! Stay tuned, come back here or follow me on Twitter, and/or Instagram to find out what I’ll be doing next!!

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