I love reading that the backpacking scene in Canada is continuing to grow. Particularly in British Columbia, where hostels seem to be popping up frequently. HI Hostels recently announced that the new HI-Whistler hostel will be opening its doors to travelers and backpackers on July 1, 2010. The new Whistler hostel boasts a humongous 180 beds and is located in a superb location.
HI-Whistler will begin taking online reservations on February 1st. Dorms are starting at $30 for HI members in the low season, which includes taxes. Rates will peak at $35 in the summer and busy winter seasons. And according to Backpacker Buzz, private rooms with ensuites will range from $99 to $150 for HI Members.
Many people have been wondering what will happen to the old HI-Whistler. At the moment it’s still open and taking reservations, but will be closing once the new hostel opens. The Regional Municipality of Whistler purchased the property, however HI hasn’t heard much about what is in its future.
I’m really looking forward to checking out this new Canadian hostel during the summer. I have no doubts that the new HI-Whistler will live up to HI’s reputation as a clean, good quality place to stay for cheap.
Check out the new HI-Whistler website for more information.
If anyone makes it to Whistler for opening day, I would love to hear from you!