Jailhouse Haunts

Well actually no more, at least in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

ottawa jail

A 20 year tradition of ghost walks in the former Ottawa jail turned has apparently come to an end. Glen Shackleton, who is president of Haunted Walks has been told by the HI-Ottawa Jail hostel that their working relationship is over. While the manager of the hostel says guided walks will continue, they will however be of the historical tour variety only. This will be not only a huge hit to the Haunted Walks company but, in my opinion to the city as well. Here’s the statement in regards to the jail from Haunted Walks if you’re interested in showing them your support.

I understand that this is a proper hostel business and their focus is on their profit and customers. I also get that for the walks it’s business but, it’s so much more than that. The walks have been a valuable source of money for restoration and preservation of our history. They’ve also gotten history to people who might never have delved into it if it weren’t for the thrill of the haunted tour and it’s beyond a shame there isn’t a way to make this work.


we’ll be back in a few

( Photo from HI-Ottawa Jail hostel with original article on http://www.torontosun.com/2015/09/23/ghost-tours-of-ottawas-haunted-jail-hostel-to-end .)
Update as of September 28, 2015 

It appears there a change of heart and the hostel is open to sorting things out. Who knows if it’s public reaction or a miscommunication but yay no matter! Here’s a link to the update. 


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