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Hostels are a backpackers friend. Not only are they easy on your budget, they provide a unique and fun way to travel and meet people from all over the world with similar interests. Find out about some of my favourite hostels here!

The Haunted Jail Hostel of Ottawa

I walk gently down the creaking skinny corridors, grazing the smooth black iron bars of the jail cells that once housed the guilty, the innocent, the crazy, the murderous, and the drunk. Some of these cellars would have been the final form of accommodations as several of the detainees in these cells were put to their […]

A Weekend on New Brunswicks Grand Manan Island

Hopping onto the massive Grand Manan Ferry from Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick – it’s hard not to anticipate what lies on the the largest island in the Bay of Fundy. A light fog had settled over the water, limiting visibility. We overheard from some locals that it would open up by the time we got […]

Marian Gaborik Pumping Fist

Buy your HI Hostels Membership Online, Pump Fist, Save Money

The largest hostel network in Canada is that of HI Hostels. From the big cities, to the small towns, to the wild, off-the-beaten-path hostels that make you think “No way! There’s a hostel there?!”. Chances are if you find yourself doing any amount of backpacking in Canada, sooner or later you’ll end up with your […]

Planet Traveler

Get Eco-Friendly at The Planet Traveler – North America’s Greenest Hostel

Finding The Planet Traveler Hostel is incredibly easy, even for a small town chump such as myself. It’s located between two awesome and eclecticToronto neighbourhoods, Little Italy & Kensington Market. Rising slightly higher than the nearby buildings, a grid of solar panels points toward the sky, gathering light to feed the bowels of this building. […]

Algonquin-Park in Autumn Ontario-Canoe Lake

Experience Algonquin Park At The Wolf Den Hostel & Bunkhouse

Algonquin Park is an Ontario mecca for outdoor adventure and activities. Whether you’re a plaid wearing canoe carrying portage master, or a first timer dipping your feet into the world of interior camping. Algonquin Park has a lake, a trail, and a campsite for everyones needs. The question is where do you start? Who do […]

HI South Algonquin – A Gateway to Algonquin Park

Located in the small town of Maynooth, Ontario (population 200), a once budding town with its own CN Railways Station on the outskirts of Algonquin Park, is one of the many children of HI Canada. HI Maynooth Hostel is a fantastic little gateway for exploring the area. People from all over the world spend a […]

HI Toronto Backpackers

5 Reasons You Should Start Your Canadian Journey at HI Toronto Hostel

HI Hostels Canada is the king of the hill when it comes to budget accommodations across Canada. While there are dozens upon dozens of amazing local mom & pop hostels across Canada, most travellers seem to lean on the “Big Kid” when they first arrive in Canada. Whether its for their comfy beds, warm smiles, […]

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Luxury Hostels Exist In Banff – HI Banff Alpine Centre

Pop culture hasn’t been kind to budget accommodation. Movies featuring grimey, dingy, cockroach infested rooms have been prevalent for years. While that may be the case in some impoverished nations, or just poorly managed facilities, my experience in Canadian hostels hasn’t seen much of that. Sure, you’ll get an un-comfy bed every once in a while; maybe a […]

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