Interviewing Canadas Hostels: Kelowna SameSun Backpacker Lodge

We are on our second Hostel in our series of posts where we’ll be interviewing Canadian hostel owners and managers. The staff at SameSun have been extremely helpful in providing answers to our

questions, I can’t thank them enough for helping us get this series off the ground. Be sure to follow SameSunNation on Twitter, they’ve got a special giveaway coming up. But first, let’s find out about Kelownas SameSun Backpacker Lodge.

Q: How long have you been operating your hostel?

A: 9 years

Q: Tell us about your hostel?

A: 80 dorm beds and 12 private rooms.  Our dorms are 4, 6 and 8 person dorm rooms. We have one 8 person female dorm.  Our private rooms have one double bed in them and share a interlocking washroom with the room beside then. All of them have cable tv and 9 of them have high def flat screens.  We have a massive kitchen open 7am to 10pm it has all the cooking utensils, fridges and stoves you need. We have a coin-operated laundry room, tv room and patio with bbq out back.  Also have a pool table, bubble hockey table, shuffle board table and foosball table and the big attraction is the new ping pong table.

Q: Does your hostel offer any activities or help book tours for it’s guests?
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A: We have a activity happening everyday, they range from bbq nights to Kelowna Rockets hockey nights.

Q: What is your favourite activity / tour that your hostel offers, and why?

A: The bbq night or the Thanksgiving & Christmas meal because it is a great dinner and cheap for $10 and $5

Q: Tell us about the area your hostel resides in?

A: Great location right on the main hwy 97 downtown Kelowna. A short 5 min walk to beach and the downtown Bernard street.

Q: Do you offer work for backpackers? When is the best time to apply?
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A: We do a work for pay which means we pay our staff and then they pay us rent for the staff room.  Need to apply a good month ahead of time.

Q: Are there any special promotions you’re currently running or have run in the past?

A: We have a pay for two get your third night free if you book on line.  We do a pay for six nights and get your seventh night free right now.

Q: How much does it cost for:

A: Dorm:$24 in a 6 or 8 person dorm and $28 in a 4 person dorm

Double:$49 plus tax in winter

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Your hostels Facebook page (if available): samesun nation

Your hostels Twitter page (if available): on the website

A big thanks goes out to Jerel, the Manager of Kelowna’s SameSun Backpacker Lodge. Be sure to browse through the photos and get a behind the scenes look at some of the great times being had there. Kelowna’s a beautiful city, and one of my personal favourites in British Columbia. You should have no trouble finding fun in this hip and happening city. Don’t forget to subscribe to i Backpack Canada for more interviews and sneak peaks into life in Canada’s hostels.

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