Rush Hour Escapes draws visitors from near and far

March 11, 2020
Rush Hour Escapes
Rush Hour Escapes

Rush Hour Escapes is bringing a new world of excitement to Cornwall.

Actually, make that two worlds.

The popular Downtown Cornwall escape room business is getting set to open two new game rooms to replace the current ones which have entertained hundreds of groups from near and far. The new rooms, Code Red (think control room) and The Expedition (think jungle adventure), are set to open in April.

A worldwide phenomenon, escape rooms are about as real-life as a game can get. You and a group of friends are placed in a room and you must work together to solve puzzles and figure out clues to escape before time (60 minutes) runs out. You can ask for hints from the gamemaster, but only a few times.

It’s a big business, and Rush Hour’s offerings are on par with what you would find in a bigger centre. Rush Hour has drawn rave reviews on Google and TripAdvisor thanks to its challenging, realistic and uniquely-detailed game concepts.

“About 80 % of the people who have done our rooms needed all three hints (to win),” said Rush Hour owner Colleen Campbell. “We’ve had groups from Ottawa and Montreal tell us we were one of their favourite (escape) rooms. That’s always good to hear.”

Mrs. Campbell estimates about half of her customers come from beyond the immediate Cornwall area for the experience. Often times, they will pair it with a visit to one of the nearby restaurants Downtown, Cornwall.

“I’ve had groups from all over Canada, some from the United States, even one family from Spain,” she recalls. “One of my customers had done close to 600 escape rooms around the world.”

With two brand new rooms on the horizon, it’s a safe bet Rush Hour will be drawing new and returning visitors to Cornwall for the foreseeable future.

“The new games are going to be a must-try experience,” Mrs. Campbell said.

It’s a perfect time to try out the departing games, or, to be among the first to book for the new rooms.

Book your time at and head to the red door next to Echo Trends. It’s guaranteed to be a rush!

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 938-4748. You can also stop by the Cornwall Tourism office inside the Cornwall Civic Complex at 100 Water Street East. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie