By now you’ve probably heard of escape rooms. It’s an adventure game where participants are locked in a room for 45 minutes and have to figure out how to escape by putting together clues and solving puzzles to find the final key to escape.

Back in the summer of 2015, looking for a fun family activity, myself, husband, mom and teenage cousin ventured to downtown Ottawa to try out Jigsaw Escape Rooms. It was the first time any of us had been in an escape room. We were excited, but also a bit nervous.


We opted to try the room called The Cabin. The premise behind this room is that you and your friends are on an evening hike in Gatineau Park when you hear a scream off-path and decide to investigate. That is the last thing you remember. You wake in a mysterious cabin, which you realize is the killer’s lair, and have 45 minutes to escape before he returns.

As we were led into a dark and creepy cabin, we were told that we could ask for two clues during our 45 minute lock up. The door closed and we were in the dark, both literally and figuratively. We found some flashlights and began our quest to escape.

I have to admit the creators did an amazing job of recreating a cabin. Once the door closed, we felt transported right into the story. Now I won’t give anything away, but I will say we did use our two clues and despite having a blast and working hard, we did not escape. Since there were two other rooms to try (The Heist and The Study), we opted to find out the clues we missed and how to escape since we knew if we came back we would try our hand at a different room. After learning of all the clues we missed and ultimately how to escape, there were definitely some clues we could have got had we thought a little harder about it.

It was really neat to see how we all worked together to try to escape. We all brought a different perspective to the table and you really are forced to put all your brain power together in order to solve the clues. Having never been to an escape room prior, this experience showed us how to think differently and I think if we tried another room we would probably do better as we now know how they work and the need to think outside the box. I would have to say the room was hard enough to be challenging, but not impossible or frustrating.

Escape rooms are an awesome way to spend an afternoon, bond, laugh, panic a little and use that brain of yours! The perfect activity for team building with coworkers or working together as a family, I would highly recommend Jigsaw Escape Rooms.

With the Family Day long weekend coming up here in Ontario, what better way to strengthen those family bonds than with a trip to Jigsaw Escape Rooms? Our friends over at Jigsaw have kindly offered to host a giveaway for 6 tickets to try out one of their rooms. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway closes on February 15, 2017.

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In the meantime, make sure to checkout Jigsaw Escape Rooms at their website, on Facebook or in person at 122 Clarence Road, Suite 201 in Ottawa.

Have you ever tried an escape room?

Editor’s Note: This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted. Thank you to all who entered.'
Written by Tracey