Backpackers Hostel Canada – HI Hostel Canada
Save money and make friends! Staying in backpackers hostel or Youth Hostel in Canada is a special experience for people of any age. It’s not only for “youth”! Nothing beats heading out on a backcountry adventure with just a few of your belongings in a backpack and a bucket list of places to see.
Hostelling International Canada (HI-Canada) has a network of sixty youth hostels from coast to coast. Ten of the youth hostels located in West-Canada are wilderness hostels.
Backpackers hostel in Canada is usually not the type of accommodation that comes to your mind when you plan a trip to Canada.
The backpackers hostel is a good choice for the budget traveller and the backpacker. This type of travel is not for everyone.
Some youth hostels are located in beautiful remote locations, and they can be difficult to be reached by public transport.
Most Canadian backpackers hostel are modern places with great services and amenities. They have come a long way since my hosteling experience in my early years here. Since then, hosteling International (HI)l has developed a quality standard for all HI hostels. Some youth hostels are privately owned and standards might be different.
Hostels, also simply called backpackers hostel, offer cheap and safe lodging. They are not only fun places to stay, but you will meet lots of like-minded travellers from all over the world. Travelling alone? Not for long if you stay in a backpackers hostel in Canada. It’s a great place if you’re looking for a travel partner. Canadian hostels are run by people who can give you information about the region. They help you with organizing and booking a trip, or can even help you find some work if this is what you are after.
Other backpackers hostel accommodation in Canada
Canada is a big country and offers many different experiences. Most backpackers hostel accommodation might have similar standards, but most of them are pretty unique. Some backpackers hostel in cities and popular tourist places might be more like modern resorts than budget accommodation.
They might have nice patios to hang out, big pool areas, lively bars with music on all day and have free Internet.
Some backpackers hostel in Canada might be party places for young travellers and very loud, but there are definitely alternatives.
Wilderness hostels in Canada
Get back to nature and check out the HI network of ten wilderness hostels in West-Canada which are tucked away in the Rocky Mountains along the Icefield Parkway HWY 93 north, in both Banff and Jasper National Parks. These hostels are affordable accommodation and will get you back to the basics, away from electronics, so you can take in the simple things in life. Some have fire pits and even wood burning saunas, how great is that.
You will be able to enjoy unspoiled nature, true silence, amazing night skies and magnificent landscapes, and be awarded a unique “off-the-grid” Canadian backcountry experience.
The rustic atmosphere and the beauty surrounding these hostels will make your effort worthwhile, whether you get there by car, bike or on foot. During summer you can tour the Icefields Parkway on a bike, stopping at hostels on the way. In winter these hostels give great access to winter sports. Check them out the HI network of wilderness hostels, it’s worth it!
- HI- Athabasca Falls
- HI-Beauty Creek
- HI-Castle Mountain
- HI Hilda Creek
- HI Kanasakis
- HI-Maligne Canyon
- HI-Mospuito Creek
- HI Mount Edith Cavell
- HI-Rampart Creek
- HI-Yoho National Park, Whiskey Jack Hostel
The HI hostel Canada website gives information about each of the hostel.
What to expect from Canadian backpackers hostel accommodation
Staying in a hostel is only for you if you don’t mind the lack of privacy, and sharing a dorm and the bathroom with a bunch of strangers.
Most backpackers hostel in Canada offer mixed or single sex dorms, only good for travellers who can fall asleep despite the noise around them. Hostels might also have four people, two person or single rooms available, sometimes with its own bathroom and shower.
The fee usually includes breakfast. A shared kitchen is available to cook your own meals. Not sure whether peanut butter sandwiches and baked beans on toast are still the favourite menus by backpackers!
No, you don’t have to worry about bed bugs, these times are gone. That’s not the reason they want you to bring your own hostel sheet, which has the shape of a sleeping bag. I remember the yellow heavy cotton sleeping sheet with a YH pattern I used to have, no silk ones available at that time.
Make sure you secure your travel documents and invest in a money belt which you can keep on you all the time. Locker facilities vary from place to place.
Your nightly hostel fee usually pays for a bunk bed, a pillow and a blanket, no towels, shampoo, and soap are supplied. Breakfast might be included in the price.
What you need to bring to a backpackers hostel
It’s a good idea to travel light if you choose a backpackers hostel for your accommodation, there won’t be much space. Hostels are not suitcase friendly, so I suggest to take a backpack for your belongings. Even if you book your own room, it will be very small.
And that’s what you have to pack, apart from your personal belongings:
- Sleeping sheet and pillow case
- Shower shoes and towel
- Soap and shampoo
- Padlock and coins for lockers
HI Hostel membership
You can purchase your HI membership online before you leave home or you can buy in person when you arrive in Canada. All hostels can sell you an International Membership which is valid worldwide for one year.
How to book a backpackers hostel online
To research, available youth hostels in Canada go to the HI Canada hostels website. I like their website and it’s easy to find your way around. You can make online reservations and cancellations for HI-Canada hostels, with no booking fee.
There are other backpackers hostel accommodation in Canada, which are privately owned and don’t show up on the HI-Canada website.
You might want to check out an independent booking site, like:
Both of these booking sites charge no booking fees and no commission either. If you use hostel world.com you’ll lose a deposit if you cancel the first night.
Compare prices if you travel Canada on a budget and read the reviews before booking the hostel.
Trip Adviser is a good place for independent reviews.
The backpackers hostel will add to your Canada experience – Happy hosteling!