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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > Carleton County Gaol
Carleton County Gaol
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created by vladatron on 5/16/2006 6:59 PM
last modified by Mutt on 3/24/2007 9:34 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building / Tunnel
Status: Active (as a hostel)
Accessibility: Easy (just take a tour, or stay there and wander by yourself)
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
75 Nicholas St.
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: HI Hostel International
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  •  Hazards
  • gallows
  •  Interesting Features
    - tunnel
    - torture features (wear in beam where secret hangings were often performed)
    - solitary confinement room with carved messages from inmates
    - tunnel from courthouse
    - bathtub used today by guests is the same one used by inmates
    - many human remains discovered in backyard when road was built (far more than ever reported died there)
     Security Measures
  • hostel staff, number passcode required for entry (#1379)
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1862
    Closed: 1972
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    The Ottawa International Hostel was originally known as the Carleton County Gaol. From 1862 to 1972, when it was closed for unsanitary conditons, the gaol was one of the most disheartening buildings in Canadian history.

    During the early history of the gaol, conditions were absolutely horrid. Prisoners were seldom allowed showers; they were given 1 meal a day; and some were never allowed to see daylight, kept in filthy, unlit quarantine areas of the basement.

    Bodies were burned in the courtyard, including victims that were illegally hanged inside the building. During the construction of the Mackenzie King Bridge, workers discovered 140 unmarked graves in the courtyard. It is generally assumed that there are hundreds more near the building and beneath the parking lot.

    After just a year of rennovations, the gaol reopened as a hostel in 1973. Curiously, during the rennovations, an unexplained inscription was discovered on the main stairwell:

    "I am a non-verdical Vampire who will vanquish you all. One by one I will ornate your odorous flesh with famished fangs. But Who? Are there 94 or 95 steps to the 9th floor? A book on the top shelf will lead you on the right path."

    Supposed Hauntings
    Given that it was a prison, it's not surprising that many stories emanate from Death Row. Apparitions include a man, sitting at a desk, writing something; and a figure sitting on a bed, his head in his hands. Guests have reported the feeling of a heavy presence and flickering lights, as well as the feeling of someone sitting down on your bed. The sound of knocking has been heard from inside the 3rd cell (the door of which has been jammed shut for years). Cell doors lock on their own, despite the fact the locks were removed years ago. The sound of cell doors closing can be heard, along with banging on pipes and disembodied voices reciting the Lord's Prayer. For guests, it is not uncommon to come out of showers and find your clothes strewn down the hall.

    In the Office, hot water has been known to come out of cold water taps, the door locks itself, computers turn themselves on and print out pages of incoherent text,(***sounds like they must run Windows - Mutt***) and the phone just keeps ringing. (telemarketers?)

    On the 6th floor stairwell, guests have reported the feeling of being watched, along with a feeling of extreme cold inside a nearly-bricked up arched alcove.

    Station 6, the former residence of the governor, is known for a strange 'vampire' spirit that even prisoners claimed "tries to push your soul out of your body." The apparition of a shadow was once seen dissppearing into a corner, precisley where a secret passage was later discovered behind the lockers.

    On the 9th floor (the former hospital/women's cells), the sound of children's voices and women screaming can be heard.

    In the debtor's portion of the prison, the sounds of moaning have been heard from a partially-filled tunnel.

    EDIT----There are no such things as ghosts.
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    Stephanie Lechniak's
    Tue, May 16th, 2006
    posted by Anonymous
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    Two From The Tour
    Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
    posted by vladatron
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mutt on 8/3/2007 5:18 PM.

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  • on Aug 3 07 at 17:18, Mutt validated this location
  • on Apr 13 07 at 5:32, vladatron updated gallery Two From The Tour
  • on Apr 13 07 at 5:31, vladatron added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Apr 13 07 at 5:31, vladatron created a new gallery
  • on Apr 13 07 at 5:30, vladatron created a new gallery
  • on Mar 24 07 at 21:35, Mutt validated this location
  • on Mar 24 07 at 21:34, Mutt changed the following: History, Security Measures
  • on Mar 24 07 at 21:30, Mutt validated this location
  • on Mar 24 07 at 18:24, vladatron changed the following: Real Name, Security Measures, Media Coverage
  • on Aug 8 06 at 12:16, Mutt validated this location
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