Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Canada

3rd June 2007

Vaughan Street Jail or Jailhouse is not usually open to the public, but when it is open it is called dark tourism.

Hundreds got a rare glimpse of the 126-year-old concrete fortress Saturday. It was one of 52 buildings involved in the annual Doors Open Winnipeg weekend to show off the insides of historic structures normally closed to the public.

Tourists got to speak with a former hangman and hear stories about botched executions with heads ripped off and how 5-year-old children were incarcerated. Sounds pretty dark to me.

It seems like Vaughan Street Jail is only open for tourism during Doors Open Winnipeg, an annual event celebrating Winnipeg’s history.

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