Café: 519-510-2475 | Escape the Old Post : 519-510-2222

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.

Booking Information

FEES

Adults: $35 + HST per person
Students & Seniors (55+): $28 + HST per person

GAME TIMES

Thursdays: 7:15 p.m.

Fridays: 5:15 p.m. / 8:15 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:15 a.m. / 1:15 p.m. / 4:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m.

Sundays: 12:15 p.m. / 3:15 p.m. / 6:15 p.m.

Your game will last 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

Can’t make the weekend work?

We accept special bookings outside of regular hours to accommodate your group’s schedule.

Please email us with your preferred date and time to learn more and book your game time!

Looking for a memorable or last-minute gift for a friend or family member?

Escape the Old Post gift certificates make an amazing experience gift. They’re redeemable online, and you will receive a printable version with online redemption code to give to the recipient.

Escape the Old Post Reviews

  • 5 star review  Best escape room ever! Puzzles were great, venue was very unique, and staff friendly. Will need two time slots to finish as the game is quite lengthy. Very clean and sanitized. Felt very safe - all covid precautions were taken.

    thumb Jacob Robinson
    8/29/2020

    4 star review  Lots of fun with a group, lots of interactions and excitement. Mike was so great to let our children watch the tv screens while we played the game. We thank Mike for not rushing us out the door after and allowing us a room to talk about our game and share dessert together. 2 tries to ring the bell but well worth it!

    thumb Cody Noble HOW
    2/16/2020

    5 star review  I have been to MANY escape rooms (all over Ontario--even Australia and Asia), and this one definitely falls in my top 5. Great puzzles and room design make for a solid 90 minutes of stimulating fun. Only recommendation for newcomers is to book 2 slots ahead of time to allow you to finish it in one go (unless you live close enough for an easy second trip); the sheer quantity of puzzles was not really designed to be finished in a single session. They are also coming up with a new room in the basement soon. Our gamemaster was very helpful and friendly too, intervening wherever he felt our team needed a little nudge. Our group hopes to return soon for the second room!

    thumb c6han .
    2/11/2020
  • 5 star review  Amazing! Not your 'everyday Escape Room' It is very well crafted, not only in the problems and puzzles but also in the beautifully designed area. Well done to the individuals responsible for this creation! We plan to go back to ring that bell!

    thumb Ingrid Hotchkiss
    2/09/2020

    5 star review  First things first: book two slots. At the time that I finished this room only one group had ever gotten out in one session. The room is designed to take two attempts. If someone had told me that this was the case I might have avoided the room. However: this room is absolutely worth it. The amount of freedom they had during construction is unreal, and so every square inch of the top half of the building is used and ringing the bell when you finally escape is a great feeling.

    thumb Garret Kelly
    1/05/2020

    5 star review  One of the best escape/adventure rooms we've done yet! The space is well laid out, very interesting, lots to do and find. The staff are terrific, and customize their interactions with each group to ensure a great experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good fun challenge.

    thumb Keith Hunt
    12/31/2019
  • 5 star review  This is by far the best Escape Room in Ontario. So many cool hidden rooms & secret passages, clever riddles and creative clues. My family and I really enjoyed working together to escape the Old Post, and I would 100% recommend this for family reunions, staff parties, or any team-building activity.

    thumb Andrew James
    12/30/2019

    5 star review  I've done many escape rooms and this one was by far one of my favourites! It progresses into different rooms with a bunch of different riddles to solve all the time so it feels like you're always doing something to keep moving forward toward the end goal of ringing the bell. Would highly recommend and perfect for families or friends or groups looking for something new and interesting to try out

    thumb Macey Hunt
    12/30/2019

    5 star review  This was by far the coolest escape room I've ever done. The Old Post had so many extra hidden rooms, passage-ways and intricate features that made it incredibly fun to play. The first time we tried it out, we only made it 60% of the way through. We were so eager to see how it was solved that we booked a second time. We made it through and escaped the Old Post on our second try. What a blast! I really enjoyed how the room was designed to be fun for all ages. There were puzzles that catered to different skill sets and abilities. Our youngest member of the team (a 13-yr-old) ended up being our most valuable asset in many cases. I'd recommend this escape room to anyone, whether you're a puzzle-fanatic or not.

    thumb Christopher Zettel
    12/29/2019
  • 5 star review  Great, unique escape room. Highly recommend. Bring your smart friends.

    thumb John Hope
    12/28/2019

    5 star review  Me and my Siblings Came to this escape room and we had a blast we were the last people of the night that tryed to escape and we didn’t but we came back the very next day and we got the first spot of the day and finally we escaped and now we are talking about to back and trying to beat the record on the fastest escape

    thumb liam green
    12/08/2019

    5 star review  Blown away! Michael has created an adventure for any family, friends, or even a random group of people who don't know each other. This was challenging and fun. I recommend this to anyone who wants to try something different.

    thumb Rob Mapletoft
    11/28/2019
  • 5 star review  We had an amazing time. This escape experience is well worth the drive, and is by far one of the best rooms I have had the pleasure of trying to solve. Between the detail and time that went into creating this amazing space, it is difficult not to leave “no stone unturned”.

    thumb Nichole Winger
    10/27/2019

    5 star review  I'll add my name to the ever growing lost of 5-star reviews. It's no wonder people travel to play this room. An amazing amount of restoration has complimented an amazing set of puzzles....none too difficult to solve, however the number of steps, nooks and crannies to discover, and mysteries to unsolve make this one a HUGE challenge to solve in the 90 minutes given. Great job by the gamemaster Jacob, keeping the room moving and adding humour throughout. Great work to Michael, Tony, and team!

    thumb Matt Timberlake
    10/13/2019

    5 star review  Amazing experience with lots to ponder and very thought provoking. Working as a team is a must as is thinking outside the box. Will definitely be back to finish the game!

    thumb Kelly Anderson
    10/08/2019
  • 5 star review  We attended the Perogie Party! What a wonderfully delicious evening! Thank you to Deb for all her hard work both in preparation for the event as well as during. The Post Script event room set the stage beautifully for this scrumptious culinary experience!

    thumb Patricia von Westerholt
    9/22/2019

    5 star review  It did not disappoint. The layout and the game was very detailed. The game master kept the game going very smooth. I would recommend this to any one that likes puzzles.

    thumb Matthew Newton
    9/08/2019

    5 star review  What an amazing experience!! This escape room is perfect for those both new and experienced to escape room games. The attention to detail and the story behind the game is outstanding. I can't wait for their second escape room to open!

    thumb Matt Smith
    9/07/2019
  • 5 star review  What an amazing experience!! This escape room is perfect for those both new and experienced to escape room games. The attention to detail and the story behind the game is outstanding. I can't wait for their second escape room to open!

    thumb Matt Smith
    9/07/2019

    5 star review  Michael does a great job of creating a challenging, yet very fun escape room. I would definitely recommend it, we really enjoyed ourselves!

    thumb Steven Saucier
    8/12/2019

    5 star review  WOW!!!! ?Awesome,local escape room! Our family enjoyed our time immensely. Definitely great for family fun as it requires teamwork. I’d do 10 stars if possible! Game master Jacob was very helpful and kept the game moving! We are so curious and excited to come back!!

    thumb Emily Weber
    7/26/2019
  • 5 star review  Family members from age 14 - 48, were blown away with what an amazing experience they all had. Thought the room set up was brilliant, and plan to go back to see if they can finally complete the puzzle. Thanks

    thumb Abigail Perkins
    7/22/2019

    5 star review  One of the things we enjoyed the most. Was the layout and beauty of the Old Post. The excitement it created within the room. The drive and desire to make sure of no doom. We worked like a bunch of bees in a hive. For to Conquer this room we did so strive. We hunted and searched until we needed a clue. Then we picked up the phone and Jacob just knew. He gave us some hints then we searched faster. As we wanted so to please our game-master. The first run we took we got really far indeed. But a return trip is what we did need. So we looked high and low and we did very well. For we needed yes needed to ring that bell. When all was said and done we had lots of fun. We coquered the journey that we had begun. So if you come from far or near the Old Post . I highly recommend it as the fun is the most. Now the basement will await this team from out of your town. But in the end we will be rewarded and we will not frown. Congratulations to all that built The Old Post. And success is what we wish you the most!!

    thumb Joseph Ruppel
    6/03/2019

    5 star review  This was definitely the best escape room we have ever been to. Exceptional quality of the materials and I cannot recommend it enough! (Went back and finished the room, was worth a second trip we still had a ton we hadn't gotten to first time. Can't wait wait for their second one!

    thumb Jeffery Scholl
    5/12/2019
  • 5 star review  I had done a decent amount of escape rooms before coming to the Old Post and heavily enjoyed them, so I knew we were in for a treat when we stepped into the main room. The work that has clearly gone into the design and construction of the rooms is impressive, and lends itself to an incredible escape experience. Our group was constantly on the move around the rooms, dashing madly from one puzzle to the next as we worked together (absolutely required) and wracked our brains for non-traditional escape room tactics. I can say without hesitation that it was the best escape room I have been in so far, causing us to immediately tweak our schedules to hurriedly book for the night after our first attempt. In about 10 minutes we were back on track and ready to finish, ringing the bell in just under an hour! Absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves an adventure; it's a must! P.S. This would be my first 6-star review if I could....

    thumb Kendall Roth
    5/11/2019

    5 star review  Wow! This place is just great! Game master Tony did an amazing job of keeping things exciting, yet suspenseful. Our group of 4 had so much fun we’re sad to be done, so definitely hoping to try out the new room someday!

    thumb Jessica Biehn
    4/28/2019

    5 star review  Escape the old post is an awesome way to spend an evening!!!!!! It's fun, unique, challenging and requires significant teamwork! Loved the sound effects and the creative design of the room. We will be back to finish!!!

    thumb Nikki Bowman
    4/21/2019
  • 5 star review  This is best best escape room we have ever done. My husband and I have taken our 3 teens to dozens of escape rooms around Ontario, and this one was clever, inventive, surprising and fun. Teamwork was essential, and who doesn't love discovering secrets?!! We only got about 60% through when we visited last weekend, according to our game master, but we enjoyed it thoroughly. Our 13 year old, when told we could come back and finish it another time, was nagging us to book the next play session right then and there. It may be off the beaten track, but it's a delightful small town, and the surrounding towns also contain attractions to divert you, so if you like escape rooms then I highly recommend you make plans to visit The Old Post escape.

    thumb Jayna DH
    3/25/2019

    5 star review  One 9f the most unique and challenging escape rooms I have ever done. Beautiful building, fun and interesting puzzles, friendly owner. If you like escape rooms, book this and you will not be disappointed!

    thumb Doug Kedrosky
    2/23/2019

    5 star review  Awesome experience! My group had so much fun even though we only got 60% of the way through. Very interactive, very well thought out and overall just a cool escape room. Would definitely go back.

    thumb Lisa Steudle
    2/21/2019

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?

Create A Complete Escape Experience

Complete your Escape the Old Post experience with a visit to the Café before or after your game!

The Café at the Old Post is a community-focused café offering locally-sourced specialty coffee, handcrafted sandwiches and soups, baked-in-the-building sweet treats, and soft serve ice cream. A curated selection of Ontario craft beer, cider and cocktails are also available.

The Café features indoor seating, and a street-side courtyard that offer the perfect setting for pre-game strategizing and post escape room debriefing.

For larger groups, the Post Script event space on the lower level can be booked before or after your game.

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.