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There are many rea­sons to travel: Es­cap­ing the day to day, find­ing thrills and ex­cite­ment, or sim­ply do­ing some­thing you have never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

As Hal­loween ap­proaches, some trav­ellers might even work up the courage to find the ul­ti­mate thrill ex­pe­ri­ence – spend­ing the night in a haunted room.

If get­ting creeped out is right up your alley, Book­ – which con­nects trav­ellers with a di­verse range of places to stay – has a range of spook­tac­u­lar ac­com­mo­da­tions to fit ev­ery fright level.



Start­ing its life as Ni­cholas Street Gaol, this former prison in cen­tral Ot­tawa has since been con­verted into a hos­tel.

Al­though some of the rooms have been ren­o­vated to meet the stan­dard of mod­ern-day com­forts, the hos­tel still has the orig­i­nal wooden prison doors and all of the win­dows still have bars.

What’s more, some say that the fa­cil­ity still houses some of its former in­mates. Ghostly screams and mys­te­ri­ous noises are com­mon oc­cur­rences.

The most sighted ap­pari­tion in Ot­tawa Jail is Pa­trick J. Whe­lan, an Ir­ish tailor who was ex­e­cuted there for the mur­der of a lo­cal politi­cian. Shar­ing a dorm is pos­si­ble, but there is no guar­an­tee who (or what) you might be shar­ing it with.


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