In the continuation of the stories about the most unusual hotels in Canada, our new author Elena from Ottawa decided to tell us about the prison whereyou can live and enjoy life. By the way, if you have not read the story about the hotel in the trees, it’s time to read. In 1862, a district prison building was built on Nicholas Street, next to the city court building in Ottawa. Both buildings were connected by a tunnel. It was in this prison that Patrick J. Whelan, the criminal who killed one of the founders of the Canadian Confederation, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, was subsequently sent to death. The dimensions of the cameras were very small. The prison contained 150 imprisoned men, women and juvenile delinquents.
All accounted for 60 single cells measuring 1×3 meters and 30 multi-sized ones measuring 2×3 meters and 6 special regime cells (lock-up). There is a legend that after the execution of Patrick J. Whelan, his ghost remained in the prison walls forever and many prisoners and prison staff saw the ghost of Whelan. Most often he appears in his last cell where he was held before execution.
The building contains all the artifacts of the time, for example, here is a real gallows. She was used only three times and the third time was the last in prison history. The building was used until 1972. After that, the building was declared unfit for use and was inhibited. In 1973, the building waspurchased by Hotels International and was renovated. Shoppers rebuilt ground floor with death cameras. Since then, on this floor guided tours. If you are interested in the history of the prison, at 11.00 am, come to this floor. The tour is free and lasts about 30 minutes. During the tour you will learn the history of the prison, as well as hear the real stories from the life of prisoners and prison guards. And if you’re lucky, you will see the ghost of Whelan! In 2009, the Mugshots bar opened in the building, and in 2011, the prison yard was converted for events at the open.
The big advantage of the hostel is its location. The hotel is located in the heart of the city! The neighborhood has a huge number of boutiques, cafes, the Canadian Parliament Building, the National Gallery, the Canadian Civilization Museum and much more. And there is also a parking for 32 cars at a cost of only 12 per day! Living in prison includes a free breakfast, and this breakfast is very different from the one that was meant for real prisoners unless of course he was entitled to them.