Historic SDG Jail Opens for Summer Season

June 1, 2023
By Kevin Lajoie

Cornwall Ontario – One of Cornwall’s oldest – and spookiest – attractions is now open for another season of fun.

Historic SDG Jail in Cornwall Ontario

The Historic SDG Jail is now open for guided tours throughout the summer months. The jail will be open Thursdays to Sundays with tours starting on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm each day. The jail tours will be offered until August 27th.

During the tours, visitors can expect to see the original courthouse, the various cell blocks, the surveillance room, exercise yard, the gallows and much more, with knowledgeable tour guides providing information and answering questions along the way.

“The Historic SDG Jail is filled with history and the tours offer a unique way to get a first-hand look at this unique facility,” said Karina Belanger, Tourism Coordinator with SDG Tourism. “The majority of the jail has remained intact from its closure in 2002 and visitors will get to see how it was pretty much from its days in operation.”

Ticket information

Tickets for the tour are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55+) and youth (12-17) and $6 for children (5-11). Children under 5 are free. There’s also a family rate – for two adults and three children – for $30.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online (click here) or in person at the jail.

Paranormal Investigations

Located at the corner of Water and Pitt streets in Downtown Cornwall, the Historic SDG Jail was constructed in 1833 and was active until 2002, serving as both a minimum and maximum security facility throughout it’s history. The jail was witness to numerous prison escapes and hangings over the decades and this gruesome history has made the jail a must-visit site for paranormal enthusiasts from far and wide.

Paranormal group Phantoms of Yore offers paranormal investigations at the jail at various times throughout the year, with the next two events taking place on June 23 and 24. For additional information on the paranormal investigations and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Additional Info

For additional information on the Historic SDG Jail, please visit the official website or look for updates on Facebook and Instagram.

The Historic SDG Jail is operated by the United Counties of SDG.

Connect with Cornwall Tourism

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Check out the Explore and Events section of the Cornwall Tourism website for other fun-filled activities and events to keep you busy. Better yet, consider extending your stay with a night at one of our great accommodations!

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