If you’re looking for a reason to take a quick road trip out of the city, look no further than this adorable tiny jailhouse. Coined as North America's smallest jailhouse, this tourist attraction is nestled into the little town of Tweed, Ontario. The location is just a two-hour drive from either Toronto or Ottawa, making it an easy summer getaway.

The jailhouse originally opened in the early 1900s. The man responsible for building the jailhouse was paid just $10.00 for his work. But, by the time the 1950s rolled around, it was decided that there was not enough crime in the area to warrant the cost of operating the jail. It was later used by the OPP for a short time. Now, many years later the building acts as a tourist attraction and visitor information center.

You can learn more about the buildings unique history when you take the tiny tour. You can even pose for a photo behind the wooden “jailbirds” cutout that sits inside the last remaining jail cell.

After your visit, you can take a short walk to the nearby Tweed Beach where swimming and fishing are available. On your way to the beach, you might notice Tweed’s original fire hydrants, which are hand painted in a variety of interesting designs.

North America’s Smallest Jailhouse

Location: Tweed, Ontario

Price: Free

Why you need to go: This tiny jailhouse is adorable and full of history. Located centrally between Toronto and Ottawa, it makes for the perfect summer road trip.


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