After being hidden away for more than a century,
the vision of Harriston’s original postmaster has come to fruition.

Can you solve The Postmaster’s Riddle?

Visit a remarkable heritage building to work as a team and solve puzzles in one of Ontario’s most unique escape rooms.

Your goal? Beat the clock, climb the tower and ring the bell for all to hear:
there’s a new postmaster in town.

FEES

Adults: $35 + HST per person
Students & Seniors: $28 + HST per person

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Gift certificates are available for groups of 4 – 10 people. Gift certificates are redeemable online, and you will receive a printable version with online redemption code to give to the recipient.

TIMES

Fridays: 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Your game will last a maximum of 90 minutes.

Additional time slots available for business and special interest groups. Please email us to learn more.

LOCATION

Escape the Old Post is located on the 3rd floor of the historic former Harriston post office, in the centre of downtown Harriston.

Directions

Special Bookings

Want to celebrate a special occasion with your friends, or experience Escape the Old Post with your colleagues, service club or church group?

Additional time slots are available outside of the regular game schedule to accommodate your group’s needs. A minimum of one week’s notice is required for booking. Please email us with your preferred date and time to learn more and book your game time!

Escape the Old Post Reviews

  • review rating 5  We came here with my parents, plus my aunt and uncle from Alberta. We had a fantastic time solving the different puzzles and finding the clues. Although we did not escape the room, we had a great experience! As a team we will be back for a second attempt in April 2019! Team Zogaro

    thumb Janessa ZoRo
    10/14/2018

    review rating 5  This is hands down the best escape room. We have done various escape rooms in the GTA and the Kitchener Waterloo area and this is by far the most exciting, inventive, and clever games out there. There are multiple rooms and puzzles that require lots of teamwork. You can see the passion of the game master in every task, riddle and clue. Can't wait to solve the next room when it is ready! It is worth the drive to Harriston.

    thumb Amy Van Til
    10/14/2018

    review rating 5  Way exceeded my expectations! So fun and rewarding even if you don't make it all the way through. The surprises are super fun.

    thumb Lauren Vantil
    10/14/2018
  • review rating 5  We had a fantastic, fun time even though we didn’t solve the riddle - thoroughly enjoyed it! A lot of thought & planning have gone into the making of this room - definitely worth trying! Owner & game master very personable, informative & friendly. A must to visit!

    thumb Darlene Wright
    9/29/2018

    review rating 5  This is by far the best escape room I've done. The creativity and humour incorporated into each step is phenomenal, and the gamemaster was incredibly kind and encouraging. We were treated to complementary ice cream following our successful completion, which goes to show how much they care about your experience. I have recommended this escape room to everyone I know, and look forward to coming back once the new room is complete. Thank you once again for a truly amazing time!

    thumb Valerie Hruska
    9/09/2018

    review rating 5  We were a group of 8, 6 of us had no idea what an escape room was about. Had a great experience, didn't quite get the job done though! Great job Jacob and Mike.

    thumb Gina Fuller
    8/28/2018
  • review rating 5  We've done about 8 different escape rooms, and our family of four has become quite selective about them. We want quality, well-thought out escape rooms with multiple rooms, not just finding and putting together laminated puzzle pieces in one dimly lit room. The Old Post blew our minds and has raised the bar for us. This is by far the best escape room we have ever experienced. We enjoyed every turn. We only got about 60% of the way, so we will return for a second attempt. This is certainly worth the drive, and I would highly, highly recommend it.

    thumb Bethany&Greg Mazereeuw
    8/18/2018

    review rating 5  This was by far the coolest escape room I have experienced. The staff members were very kind and attentive. The escape room was unique, beautiful and challenging. We will be back soon to ring the bell!!! Thank you very much. 😁

    thumb Holly Harris
    8/05/2018

    review rating 5  Such a great escape experience!! We were so happy our group went twice! Staff was amazing and he did a great job incorporating those who were new to the group the second time around.

    thumb Daniela Mosos
    8/02/2018
  • review rating 5  Had a great time. It was our first puzzle room and looking forward to going back to finish it. To start, the building is beautiful and attention to detail in the room was incredible. We were constantly on the move looking for clues. Definitely recommend and already planning our return visit.

    thumb Cindy Bowman
    7/29/2018

    review rating 5  Absolutely amazing time trying to Escape the Old Post! We didn't manage to "escape" in our first try so we are already planning to go back again! If you enjoy any type of escape room adventure / games, you must give this place a try!!! You won't be disappointed!

    thumb Vivian Wikkerink
    7/22/2018

    review rating 5  Best escape room we've done so far! There were so many genuine surprises that more than once I was clapping my hands with glee! Unique building and fantastic use of the space - our games master was awesome. We only completed 60% in the alloted 90 minutes but we're already planning on heading back to complete the rest and ring the darned bell! Absolutely fantastic and worth the drive from wherever you're coming from!

    thumb Sarah Jones
    7/15/2018
  • review rating 5  Not your typical escape room. Full of unique puzzles and surprises and nothing like we've done before. We didn't finish the first time, but the way it's setup, we can go back again to get to the end. The gamemasters were awesome as well. Totally worth trying!

    thumb Mike Pryzmant
    7/13/2018

    review rating 5  Had a great time trying to solve the puzzles and riddles with our family. Staff was friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back to ring the bell!

    thumb Gloria Kuntz
    7/09/2018

    review rating 4  First time escape room experience and we were blown away with the complex design and thought that must have gone into the build of this. Challenging puzzles but lots of help from the Gamemaster when we needed it. We didn’t finish but look forward to another visit. It was excellent and fun for the whole team.

    thumb Susan Wells
    7/01/2018
  • review rating 5  A party of 10 had a ball!!! Definitely a second visit is in order. We all had such a great time. The host was very clear, precise, and helpful. An inexpensive way for a group to have a great time. Highly recommended this to all.

    thumb Chris Park
    6/03/2018

    review rating 5  Definitely would recommend this Escape room to anyone! No other escape room I've done can even compare to this one. The puzzles are unique, fun, and challenging, and the room itself is absolutely breathtaking. It is a great atmosphere to bring any group looking for a night out. You can tell a lot of time and care went into constructing this room and the Ganemasters there are 100% committed to making sure you have a great experience, whether you win or lose.

    thumb Erin Raftis
    6/03/2018

    review rating 5  What an amazing fun night with friends. We would rate The Old Post escape room—much higher quality than one we tried in Guelph. The care and craftshipman that went into building this room is incredible! We are definitely going back!!

    thumb Randy Smart
    5/22/2018
  • review rating 5  The Old Post is the ultimate challenge for escape room lovers. It was a truly unique experience and 100% worth the time and money. Every aspect was brilliantly thought out and the design was amazing to look at. I absolutely loved it and was able to gain the sweet satisfaction of ringing the bell in my second time through. My thanks to the creators/game masters for their hard work into making this escape adventure possible!

    thumb Krista Klumpenhouwer
    4/09/2018

    review rating 5  I have never done an escape room before but I have a hard time believing any others could live up to this one. We didn't finish, but instead of feeling disappointment, we are so excited that we get to have this experience again! Absolutely amazing! Professional, creative and so well crafted and designed! I will definitely be boasting that my hometown, Harriston, has the best escape room! Thank you for such an enjoyable evening!!

    thumb Lace Oxby
    4/08/2018

    review rating 5  This was such a blast! We couldn’t stop talking about it during lunch. The thought and planning that went into creating this escape floor (not just a room) is mind numbing! We had some experienced escape room artists and they said it is the best one they have ever done! We will be back for the next birthday celebration to finish this and ring the bell.

    thumb Sylvia Stewart
    3/12/2018

The Postmaster’s Riddle

The Old Post has seen its share of renovations in the last couple of years, and no area more so than the attic.

For more than a century, this magical space was only accessed by an old wooden ladder through a small hatched opening in the second storey ceiling. The potential of this mostly forgotten floor was begging to be explored.

Once restoration of the first and second floors were complete in early 2016, interest inevitably turned upward to the mysterious and completely untouched third floor. With unique characteristics such as a clock tower, a 1,200 pound bell, the small “archer’s” room with six slender windows, and the massive central skylight structure, the design possibilities were extraordinarily interesting to say the least.

But what to do…

WHO WAS THE MCCREADY FAMILY?

It was obvious from our research that the McCready family was going to play a very prominent role in the history of The Old Post. Alexander McCready was appointed Postmaster of Harriston in 1859.

He was a respected citizen of the town, but was also remembered as somewhat of an enigma, being a bit eccentric and known to be a master storyteller. Holding the position for 45 years, he handed over the title to his eldest son Robert in 1905.

 

ALEXANDER MCCREADY’S DREAM

Sadly, Alexander died in 1908, just a few years before the construction of the Old Post began in 1912. His long-desired dream of gazing up at the four storey clock tower and hearing the ringing of the bell was not meant to be.

Robert McCready was Postmaster until 1939 when he, in turn, handed over the reins to his only son, Archibald. This was the first time a third generation appointment had ever been made. Archibald was Postmaster until he retired in 1970.

Now, how does all this relate to what’s been happening on the third floor?

Well, even though old Alexander McCready died prior to construction of the Old Post, his influence has very much been felt.

Amid the cleanup of the third floor, some documents were discovered hidden in an old crate.

Two of the articles within these documents became immediately noteworthy.

 

The first was a rudimentary sketch of the third floor dated 1914, diagramming possible design features and concepts, and covered in extensive notes and descriptions.

The second article was a lyrical poem or “riddle” written by none other than old Mr. Alexander McCready. It was instantly clear that the two articles were related and that somebody, predictably Robert McCready, envisioned the construction of a fairly peculiar endeavour on the third floor of The Old Post based on his late father’s riddle.

 

Why the plan never became a reality is a mystery.

Perhaps the fact that the country would soon join the First World War has something to do with it.

After being hidden away for more than a century, the combined vision of Alexander and Robert McCready has come to fruition.

 

Can you solve The Postmaster’s Riddle?

Creating A Complete Escape Experience

We’re pleased to partner with these Harriston establishments to help you complete your Escape the Old Post experience.

Mailbox Coffee

Now Open Inside the Old Post!

Mailbox Coffee is a one-of-a-kind shop that features the century old features of the restored Old Post, which creates a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. Mailbox is downtown Harriston’s most unique spot to grab a coffee on the way to work, stop in for a snack or lunch on your way up north, or get some ice cream with your family.

If you’re visiting Escape the Old Post, make this your before and after game meeting place!

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Harry Stone’s Social House has been serving up time-honoured family recipes in the local community since 2008.

Located just half a block from Escape the Old Post in another historic building in downtown Harriston – the Collison House – Harry Stone’s offers a great dining experience, with the best food and best service, every time. We recommend Chef Tony’s pizza and panzerottis!

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The historic Meiklejohn House Bed & Breakfast is an ideal place to put your feet up after your Escape the Old Post visit.

Built in the 1870s as a stately Victorian home by Alexander Meiklejohn, who became the first mayor of Harriston, it has many unique features including a wall which recesses into the ceiling to make the parlour into one large room; eight fireplaces; a former greenhouse/Conservatory; a second floor sunroom; several outdoor verandahs; and an 8-person hot tub.

A delicious full country breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. or earlier upon request.

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FAQs

Booking Questions
How much does the Postmaster’s Riddle game cost?
$35 + HST per person. Special rates for students and seniors. See online booking for details.

Is there a minimum number of people who can play? What is the maximum number of players?
We recommend 6-8 players for the Postmaster’s Riddle game. If you’re up for a challenge, you can book with only 4 people. We do not allow more than 10 people, or less than 4, to play at one time.

What age do the players need to be?
We recommend that the players be 13 years of age or older. Younger players are welcome to join their family or group, but may find the puzzles to be challenging. All participants will pay the regular pricing, regardless of age (student and senior rates available).

How do I book/reserve my game?
All of our bookings are completed online on our website. Click here to check the availability of time slots for Escape the Old Post. All modifications and changes to your game booking are also completed online before you and your team arrive.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my game?
We require 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your game. Cancellations, re-scheduling and other modifications to your booking should be completed online. Check your confirmation email for links to modify your booking.

Can I change the number of players once my game has been booked?
Yes, you can add players to a maximum of 10 people. All booking changes and additional player fees must be paid in advance of arriving at Escape the Old Post.

Do you offer group rates or bookings for special events?
For special group rates, please contact escapetheoldpost@gmail.com for more information.

Is there a room we can rent before or after our game? What can we do before or after we play?
Yes, if you are looking for a private area for your group, please contact us at 519-510-2222. We can assist with this as well as arrange potential food and beverage options. We also highly recommend local restaurant Harry Stone’s Social House. Contact the restaurant directly to make a reservation for your group.

Before or after you play, there are many other local experiences that we suggest to enhance your time. Just ask one of our customer service staff members and they will be happy to give you some suggestions. You can also visit the Treasures of Minto website for more details on local attractions and events, restaurants, accommodations and more.

Game Questions
How long is each game?
Each game will be a maximum of 90 minutes to complete. The introduction will take about 10 minutes and after the game we’ll have some time to chat and take a picture of your group. You can expect to leave Escape the Old Post at the latest 2 hours after your booked time begins.

Does the room have any scary elements or require physical effort?
Our game focuses primarily  on the mental challenge  of solving puzzles. The experience is not intended to be scary. There are some narrow walkways and spaces that you may find challenging. You are never locked in or confined to a space – there are always distinct exits. There may be light lifting, twisting, turning, reaching, stepping up or down, or kneeling to solve or find clues. There may be some elements that may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

Can I bring my phone/ bags/packs into the game?
No. We do not allow ANY technology to be brought into the game. There will be a safe place to lock up your cell phones and belongings.

Do you give us hints if we get stuck on a puzzle?
Staff members will be monitoring your game and will assist you with clues if your group asks for assistance.

Is there surveillance?
All game areas and public spaces have cameras. Cameras in the game zone allow us to observe your progress and assist you directly if your team requests a clue or other help. Surveillance also helps ensure the safety of you and your team.

Is everything in the room part of the challenge?
No. Items such as fire extinguishers, sprinklers, duct work and some fixtures/furniture may not be touched. These items will be clearly marked and will be discussed during your team’s game orientation.

Can I leave the room to go to the bathroom?
We have washroom facilities within the game playing zone. If for any reason you require leaving the game, the game will continue. You are not permitted to return to the game and no discounts and refunds will be given.

How often do you change the game/puzzle?
We will announce any new games or changes on our website and via social media.

How should I dress to play your games?
Please dress comfortably, in clothing that allows you to move comfortably, search, bend down and solve puzzles.

Are we actually locked in the room?
No, the door will not be locked. You can leave at any time though you are not permitted to return. If you exit, no refund or discount will be given.

Can participants be refused entry to the room?
Yes. For safety and insurance reasons, if it appears that a participant is intoxicated or behaving inappropriately, they will be refused entry. For everyone’s safety, we maintain the right to refuse any person(s) from entering our premises and/or the game room and no refund will be given.

Other Questions
Where should I park/how do we access Escape the Old Post?
Escape the Old Post is located on the 3rd floor of the historic former Harriston post office, in the centre of downtown Harriston. You can find directions here.

There is street parking in front of the building, and a free parking lot located behind the building. You can park outside of Escape the Old Post and enter through the doors on the right at the front of the building. Your gamemaster will meet you in the Armory (first floor) just before your game.

Are your games suitable for pregnant women, those with health conditions, or people on crutches?
You are required to sign a waiver prior to the start of your game. When you sign your waiver, you release us from any liability. You are to use your own judgement. As indicated on the waiver, any health conditions that may affect your participation should be disclosed to staff.

Is Escape the Old Post wheelchair accessible?
We have one game that is located on the 3rd floor of the building. Due to the building’s age and heritage designation, the building does not have an elevator. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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