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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
  • Murder Mystery Diner
    Thu, Jun 23
    Jun 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – Sept 02, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
    L'Orignal, 1023 Queen St, L'Orignal, ON K0B 1K0, Canada
    Try your shot at this immersive activity. Will you find the murderer? Offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the summer. Contact us for availabilities.
  • Escape Game
    Thu, May 26
    May 26, 2022, 10:00 a.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 – Sept 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.
  • The L'Orignal's Race Against the Clock
    Jun 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EDT – Sept 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!
  • Virtual Murder Mystery
    Mon, Jun 21
    Google Meet
    Jun 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EDT – Sept 04, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Google Meet
    Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable activity! Will you succeed in finding the killer's identity?

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CoVID-19 safety 

Preparing for your visit


What we’re doing to keep you safe:   

  • Limiting visitor numbers (maximum of 15 visitors inside the jail at all times).   

  • Providing a physical barrier in our customer service area.   

  • Reduction of seating areas inside the museum.   

  • Encouraging physical distancing.    

  • Staff will be wearing masks if requested by the visitors.  

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

  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facility.   


What we’re asking of our visitors:     

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

  • Book an appointment by calling (613) 675-4381 before you head to the Old Jail. 

  • Only bring the essentials during your visit.

  • 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 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   

Security Measures Covid19
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