Ontario is known for it's odd hotels and quirky accommodations. If you're visiting the province for the first time, why not ditch the traditional hotels and try something relatively off-beat instead?
Here are 12 very unusual places to spend the night in Ontario:
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum offers "Night Flight Sleepovers" that are geared more for school groups or families. Participants will enjoy interactive demonstrations and workshops, aerodynamics experiments, museum tours, and cool simulations (involving a Cessna 150). There are also Space-themed nights available, which provide cool astronaut related activities and experiments. All individuals will get the chance to sleep under the wings of a world-renowned aircraft.
The HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is a 150-year-old former gaol that allows guests to stay in an authentic (and allegedly haunted) jail cell. The hostel offers free WiFi, breakfast and a 30-minute tour of the jail. It is also located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, which makes it walking distance to several other points of interest like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, and much more.
Dwyer's Farmhouse is a unique accommodation in the Ottawa Valley. It is run by the Dwyer family, who rents out the entire property to families and groups. There are 3 bedrooms with two queen beds and two single beds, as well as a full kitchen and outdoor barbecue. Several farm animals also make their appearance during different times of the year.
Fort Henry is a National Historic Site that offers overnight group accommodations in their 19th-century barracks. The room includes cots with mattresses that can accommodate from 2 to 18 people. Tables, benches, curtains, free parking and heaters are also available. Kitchen facilities, showers and washrooms are accessible on-site.
Gordon's Park is an eco-reserve that offers a wide range of unique activities and accommodations. It's a designated dark sky preserve in Canada, making it an amazing location for stargazing. There are also several other on-site activities available for visitors to enjoy, including mini putt, hiking trails, a solar heated pool, playgrounds, archery ranges and much more. Spend a night in one of their awesome tipi tents, which are located in a site equipped with picnic tables, cook stands and campfire pits.
Jungle Cat World offers an exciting overnight safari program for groups and families. It begins with a Wildlife Presentation that gives participants the chance to see some wild animals up close, like tiger cubs, red-tailed hawks and snakes. When it becomes completely dark outside, a Safari Guide will take you and your group on an evening feeding tour to see large predators like tigers, leopards and jaguars indulge in their nightly meals. Campfire activies follow the tour, and all groups are given free admission to the park the next day.
The McKay Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse from 1907 that offers a gorgeous, panoramic view of Lake Huron. There are several things to do in the nearby vicinity, including nature hikes, island exploration, biking, canoeing, kayaking and wildlife watching. The lighthouse itself also has a lighthouse deck where guests can stargaze or watch the following sunrise.
The Ontario Science Centre offers several themed sleepover events for families, schools or recreational groups. The current theme this year is "Gears, Springs & Things", and the sleepover program includes an IMAX film, hands-on science activities, self-exploration of the Science Centre after dark, a dance party (complete with a DJ), evening snacks and breakfast, and free admission to the Science Centre the following day.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada recently launched a program that allows guests to spend the night with sharks! The "Overnight Reef Adventure" includes a tour of the aquarium at night, a bunch of interesting hands-on experiences, a late-night snack, and free admission to the aquarium the following day. Participants will also get a chance to sleep in the Dangerous Lagoon tunnel.
The Royal Ontario Museum offers sleepovers that are specifically for adults. Enjoy a night of music, snacks, talks with experts, and access to the Museum's galleries. Each participant is given 3 drink tickets, plus a continental breakfast and free admission to the Museum the following morning. Various themed night packages are available as well.
The St. John the Evangelist Monastery has three private rooms that are available for guests to rent out. Each room has its own unique history and includes beds, a three-piece washroom and a cable TV. Meals are served in the formal dining room or family room of the monastery, which look out to the beautiful river ravine to the west of the building.
Inn at the Falls may seem like your run-of-the-mill B&B, but it's actually known for being haunted. Past visitors have reported mysterious paranormal events, including crying noises, randomly moving objects and ghost sightings. Book a night here for a chilling adventure!
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