If you are travelling around Canada on a budget, staying in a hostel will be a great way to cut down the cost of your accommodation and meet other travellers. You can book the cheapest flights across Canada and explore this vast land even on a small budget.
Here are five of the most awesome hostels in Canada from Ocean Island Backpackers Inn on Vancouver Island to the Ottawa Jail Hostel (built in an old prison!). Other hostels include the Shuswap Lake Hostel (dorms inside old restored train cars), the Auberges Montreal (in a 135-year-old mansion) and the SameSun Backpacker Lodge in beautiful Banff, Alberta.
The Ocean Island Backpackers Inn – Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, B.C. has a fantastic laid-back vibe, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a great collection of quirky coffee shops, used book stores, vegan restaurants and funky local designers. It is a great place for the creative and the curious with everything from concerts to poetry readings happening throughout the year.
The best place to stay in Victoria is the Ocean Island, a large and colorful building located right in the heart of downtown. It offers cheaper prices than other Victoria hotels and has everything from private rooms to hostel-style dorm beds. The café lounge is a great place to hang out, as it offers live music and events throughout the week.
The Ottawa Jail Hostel – Ottawa, Ontario
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night in prison but don’t want to break the law, why not stay in the Ottawa Jail Hostel? Located in the leafy and peaceful Canadian capital, this hostel is a former prison that was in operation for more than 100 years. It’s really nothing like actually being imprisoned — you’ll find the sleeping arrangements much more pleasing.
The dorms are housed in renovated jail cells and they are a lot more comfortable than you might think. The hostel is equipped with all of the amenities you will need, such as Wi-Fi, laundry, a kitchen and a lounge with a TV. You can also take a look up at the eighth floor, which has been preserved as it was in the past.
Shuswap Lake Hostel – Shuswap Lake, British Columbia
This is another great Canadian hostel with distinct accommodations: old restored train cars. The hostel is located in the gorgeous wilderness by Shushap Lake, between Vancouver and Banff.
Each train car has its own kitchen and bathroom and the train cars are located right on the water. There is a free canoe that hostel guests can use and the owners of this hostel are friendly, eco-conscious and happy to show you around the area.
Auberges Montreal – Montreal, Quebec
Otherwise known as the Montreal Youth Hostel, this great place is located right in downtown Montreal. It is close to everything you need to have a great visit including some of the best nightlife that the city has to offer. The hostel is set within a mansion that is over 135 years old, which gives it some great character and charm.
Within the hostel there is a lovely little bistro that serves tea, breakfast, lunch and of course, coffee. The view from the terrace over Montreal is divine.
The SameSun Backpacker Lodge – Banff, Alberta
If you love the great outdoors, Banff will be your ultimate paradise. This gorgeous resort town in the Rocky Mountains is surrounded by some of the best hiking, skiing, canoeing and other outdoor adventures that Canada has to offer. The SameSun Backpacker Lodge is located right on Banff Avenue in the centre of town, just a quick walk away from all of the action in downtown. It offers a full kitchen, free breakfast, an outdoor patio and free Wi-Fi.
From right outside the hostel, the shuttle bus will take you to the local skiing resorts where you can enjoy racing down the mountains in fluffy, fresh powder. There are also several great hikes in the region that you can enjoy as well as the scenic tram ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. After a big day of exploring, you can soak in the natural hot springs!
These are just a few of the best examples of Canadian youth hostel accommodations. So why not start exploring Canada today!
About the Author: Sam Worthington is a freelance writer and travel blogger from Chicago. He recently traveled across Canada on a small budget, staying in youth hostels along the way.