Sometimes, you just need something different and exciting to do with your friends instead of heading to the same old regular spots in the city. Well, why not try your hand at an escape room? There are a variety of places to choose from that let you get lost in different rooms of intriguing and haunting adventures while putting your brain to good use as you try to search through a myriad of clues to find your way out. Here are Ottawa’s best escape rooms to check out this summer.

Jigsaw Escape Room

Where: 12 ByWard Market Square | unit 2, beside Zak’s Diner,

Price: $22 per person, Group rates available

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:45am – 10:30pm

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The Jigsaw Escape Room includes five different rooms in total — Cabin in the Woods, The Diamond Heist, The Castle, CSI Study, and the Byward Market Butcher. Each room includes three different levels with 45 minutes in total to search through a room, find and decipher the clues, and escape from the killer’s lair. These rooms can accommodate a variety of different group sizes ranging from 2 – 10 people, and they’re offered in English and French.

Mystery Motel Escape Rooms

Where: 41 York St | 3rd Floor

Price: $22 per person, Group rates available

Hours: Thursday 4:30pm – 11:30pm, Friday 2:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 11:30pm

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If you love magic-themes and a good mystery, then the Mystery Motel Escape Rooms are a must! Here you can explore the Magician’s Studio, the Boudoir or the Parlour where you must try and solve the mystery around the elusive diamond that vanished nearly a century ago. You can play one room at a time or book all three to uncover the clue while you explore vintage décor and a myriad of complex puzzles. Each room can accommodate up to 6 people with 45 minutes for each one.

Escape Manor

Where: Multiple Locations

Price: $22 per person, Group rates available, Diefenbunker between $28 and $32

Hours: Tuesday- Thursday  11:00am – 10:15pm, Friday 11:00am-11:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:45am – 10:15pm

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The Escape Manor is not for the faint of heart! With 12 different rooms throughout, there are plenty of themes to escape from, like the Asylum with the mad scientist, the Prince of Darkness, or even a quest to save the last beer recipe on earth. They offer a wide variety of theme options with 45 minutes or 60 if you choose. Rooms can accommodate 2 to 6 or 12, depending on the room, and you they are available in French as well. This is the place to be if you’re looking for an evening filled with unique and creepy things.

Funhaven Escapes

Where: 1050 Baxter Rd, Ottawa

Price: $20 per person, Group rates available,

Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – 8:30pm

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If you’re looking for fun all-ages escape themes, Funhaven is just the spot. Here you can choose between two different rooms — Rainforest Renegade and the Crystal Cave. You get up to 60 minutes to explore the Amazon jungle theme or the cave where you must work together to uncover the clues. These include plenty of kid-friendly elements that the whole family can enjoy.

Amnesia Escape

Where: 37 Clarence St, Ottawa

Price: $25 per person, Group rates available,

Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – 8:30pm

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Forget about your worries at Amnesia Escape, where you can choose to enter the Disenchanted Forest, Ehscape to Canada or the Lost Civilization (coming soon!). The Disenchanted Forest will make you feel like you’ve walked right onto a movie set with the impressive and unique design. The attention to detail is impressive and takes the art of escape rooms to a whole new level. Race against time to escape by proving your Canadian know-how, or get pumped for their soon-to-be archaeological site theme that explores the concept of a new civilization and secrets that must be uncovered before your time is up! You get 45 minutes to play, with 4 -10 players depending on the room. This is a great option if you’re looking for a more immersive, story-driven experience.

So the next time you’re bored and looking for something new and exciting to try, check out some of Ottawa’s best escape rooms for a night full of mystery and clues!


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