we are now closed for the season. Come back to see our availability.   

about us


Come and visit the oldest jail in Ontario and the 2nd oldest jail in Canada. The L'Orignal Old Jail is a unique tourist attraction in eastern Ontario. Open to the public since 2007, the historic building motivates people from the surrounding region and elsewhere to soak in the penitentiary atmosphere of long ago.

OUR Activities
  • Escape Game
    Thu., Aug. 12
    Aug. 12, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EDT – Sep. 03, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT
    L'Orignal, 1023 Queen St, L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0, Canada
    Become an inmate and try to escape the jail to survive the apocalypse, or break into the jail to save the world!
  • Junior Detective Hunt
    Mon., Jun. 28
    Jun. 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EDT – Sep. 03, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT
    L'Orignal, 1023 Queen St, L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0, Canada
    Leon, a prisoner, escaped in the village of L'Orignal. The detectives need help with their investigation by taking photos of places where he might be hiding.
  • Virtual Murder Mystery
    Mon., Jun. 21
    Google Meet
    Jun. 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EDT – Sep. 04, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Google Meet
    Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable activity! Will you succeed in finding the killer's identity?
  • The L'Orignal's Race Against the Clock
    Jun. 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EDT – Sep. 04, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT
    L'Orignal, 1023 Queen St, L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0, Canada
    Discover the village of L'Orignal in this race against the clock! Hurry up!

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CoVID-19 safety 

Preparing for your visit


What we’re doing to keep you safe:   

  • Limiting visitor numbers (maximum of one group at a time).   

  • Screening all visitors with our COVID-19 questionnaire.    

  • Visits will be allowed by appointment only.    

  • For the moment, we will be taking cash, e-transfers and credit cards.   

  • Providing a physical barrier in our customer service area.   

  • Reduction of seating areas inside the museum.   

  • Encouraging physical distancing.    

  • Staff will be wearing masks where physical distancing of 2 metres is not possible.   

  • Providing hand sanitizer to everyone coming into the Old Jail.       

  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facility.   


What we’re asking of our visitors:    

  • For all people over the age of 12, two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to come to the jail. When you arrive at the jail, we will ask for your identification and proof of vaccination. Without these proofs, we cannot let you in.  

  • Stay home and book another appointment if you are not feeling well.

  • https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/   

  • Book an appointment by calling (613) 675-4661 ext. 8107 before you head to the Old Jail. 

  • You will now be asked to wear a mask to enter the museum. It is mandatory. Note that we will not be providing masks to visitors. 

  • Only bring the essentials to during your visits, bags will not be allowed inside the Old Jail. 

  • Respect physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.    

  • Practice good hygiene. This includes using the hand sanitizer we provide at the entrance and avoid touching your face.  Cough or sneeze into your elbow.   

  • Our doors will be locked. Please call us upon arrival so we can greet you.    


Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe during your visit to the L’Orignal Old Jail. The safety of all visitors and staff is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation; if additional precautions are required, we will update our website accordingly.   


We hope to see you very soon!    


L’Orignal Old Jail Summer Team