Interviewing Canadas Hostels: Vancouver SameSun Backpackers Lodge

Vancouver’s SameSun Backpackers Lodge is officially the first in our series of posts where we’ll be Interviewing Canadian Hostels. We managed to get Pete to answer these questions:

How long have you been operating your hostel?

6 years

Tell us about your hostel?

We can sleep about 270 people. We have 12 private rooms, some with en suite, some doubles and some twins, 15 6 bed dorms and 41 4 bed dorms. We have a laundry room, tv room, shared kitchen, internet facilities, free wi-fi, pool table, foosball table, common room and daily activities.

Does your hostel offer any activities or help book tours for it’s guests?

We offer many activities including poker tournaments, ice skating, open mic night, movie night, trivia night, djs on Saturday night, hockey games, special weekend activities and free walking tours. We book tours of BC and Alberta with Moose Travel and also book hop on/off city tours, walking tours and whale watching.

SameSun Vancouver Backpackers Bar
What is your favourite activity / tour that your hostel offers, and why?

Trivia night. Lots of fun down in the Beaver restaurant. Everyone gets right into it and with 5 different rounds and excellent hosts it is very entertaining. And of course Canucks games.

Tell us about the area your hostel resides in?

We are located on Granville St in downtown Vancouver which is the heart of the cities entertainment district and located a short walk to all the attractions and shopping.

Do you offer work for backpackers in lieu of accommodation? When is the best time to apply for work at your hostel?

SameSun Vancouver Hostel Dorms

We do not offer work for stay as that is against the law in Canada. We hire backpackers all the time though and give a reduced rent fare to them.

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

We offer weekly dorm rates where you pay 6 for 7 nights.

How much does it cost for:

Dorm: $26
Double: $70 or 80
Other: weekly dorm is $156, Olympics nightly dorm is $39.50

Judging by all that Vancouver’s SameSun Backpackers Lodge is offering, it looks like you’re destined for a superb time while staying at this beautiful Canadian hostel. A big thank you to Pete for answering all my questions and informing me that it’s actually illegal to work for accommodation in Canada. I’ll be sure to remember that! Be sure to check out all of their pictures and subscribe to I Backpack Canada for more interviews with Canadian hostels.

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