Historic SDG Jail opens for season

Historic SDG Jail

Historic SDG Jail

One of Cornwall’s coolest – and creepiest – attractions is open for another season.

The Historic SDG Jail opens for the summer season this weekend, providing visitors and residents with a chance to get an up-close look at one of the city’s oldest structures.

Guided tours of the facility are provided by knowledgeable guides who are well-researched on the building and its storied past. The tour goes through every accessible area of the jail, including the cell blocks, surveillance room, exercise yard, the gallows and even the original coutroom for the district which sits atop the jail.

Tour Schedule

Tours begin on the hour every hour.
(Maximum of 15 people per tour)

Wednesday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
(last tour of the day begins at 4 pm)

Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
(last tour of the day begins at 2 pm)

Tours are offered in both English and French.

Tours are mostly done on a walk in basis, every hour, however if you want to guarantee an availability, feel free to contact the Jail at 613-935-4891 to reserve a tour!


Adults: $10
Seniors – Students: $8
Children(5-11): $5
Children (under 5): Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $25

Please contact for group discounts. All pricing includes HST/GST.

In addition to the guided tours, the Historic SDG Jail is also home to the SDG Tourism Visitor Information Centre and staff are on hand to provide materials, information and recommendations on other great things to see and do in the area.

About the Historic SDG Jail

Located at the corner of Pitt and Water Streets in the heart of 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. Following its decommission, the facility was transformed into an attraction with tours offered during the summer months.

For more information on the Historic SDG Jail, please click here.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

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Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at info@cornwalltourism.com to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our seasonal Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park. The Museum is located at 160 Water Street West, just steps away from the children’s splashpad and play structure. Free parking is available immediately north of the Museum along Water Street.

The seasonal Visitor Information Centre is open seven days a week (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) through the summer months.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie

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