Best Places for Backpackers in Canada.

Enjoy backpacking around Canada without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Canada.

Top 50 hostels in Canada.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Canada.

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ByWard Blue Inn

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ByWard Blue Inn

This charming European-style Inn appeals to both vacationers and business travelers. Conveniently located within downtown Ottawa's ByWard Market, the Byward Blue Inn is situated within walking distance of museums, cafes, galleries, farmers' market stalls, restaurants, specialty food shops, boutiques...
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Motel Ile dOrleans

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Motel Ile dOrleans

On Ile d'Orleans, a paradise island situated only 12 km outside the Old Quebec, stay at the only Motel Ile d'Orleans! Bright and spotlessly clean rooms with private bathroom at Motel Ile d'Orleans. Air condition, fridge, TV and coffee / tea maker in room. Enjoy the sunset over Quebec city from...
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Halifax Backpackers Beachhouse

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Halifax Backpackers Beachhouse

Beach. Beach. Beach. *** Public transit does not extend to this location. It is best to have a car or be an experienced biker. ***Attention. This property is self directed it doesn't have onsite staff. Payment and checkin are organized through our city location Halifax Backpackers Hostel. The expe...
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Auberge Griffon Aventure

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Auberge Griffon Aventure

Welcome to the most unique eco-hostel in Quebéc. We offer accommodation on a natural site, with a beautiful view over the Gulf of St Lawrence. Our basic comforts include electric power, sheets and kitchen in the cabins, toilets and showers near the chalet, a fully equipped members' kitchen and a...
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Ellison House

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Ellison House

A family home located on a quiet street in North Vancouver, five blocks from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus. A short walk to Lonsdale Quay Seabus Terminal, 13 minute crossing to downtown Vancouver, Convenient to Downtrown Vancouver, Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Park, Mountain Bikin...
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La Cabane Guesthouse

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La Cabane Guesthouse

Imagine the coziness and sense of community of a good ol' Canadian family cabin and the luxuries and services of a boutique hostel right in the heart of the city. This is a cozy clean space that encourages visitors to kick back and take in the areas 'Joie de Vivre' attitude with fellow traveller...
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Brenda

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Brenda's Place Cape Breton

This is Sydney's only hostel! Brenda's place is a small home stay in the center of the Sydney regional area. This property has a large backyard with fire pit and lots of free parking. There is a 4 bed mixed dorm and a 2 person private room, all smoke free. All bedding included. This is fr...
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Auberge de Jeunesse du Manoir des Sapins

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Auberge de Jeunesse du Manoir des Sapins

The hostel 'le Manoir des Sapins' is in the heart of Ste Felicite, a nice little village in the Gaspe peninsula, just about ten minutes east of Matane. Come in to enjoy the sunset on the Saint Lawrence River, comfortably seated out on the terrace or beside the camp fire. We have sea views, private r...
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Invermere Hostel

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Invermere Hostel

Invermere is the centre of the Columbia Valley, with many visitors making this their base for activities such as world-class golfing, exploring nearby Kootenay National Park and taking part in fine dining, shopping and outdoor fun. Visitors will find attractions such as the Windermere Valley Pio...
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Hotel Ambrose

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Hotel Ambrose

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Auberge Internationale de Trois-Rivières

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Auberge Internationale de Trois-Rivières

Located between Montrèal and Quèbec at the mouth of the St-Maurice River, Trois-Rivières is the second oldest city in Canada. The hostel is in the centre of town and provides easy access to many interesting historic sites, restaurants, cafes and lounges. The area offers adventure tourism and much...
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Denman Island Guest House and Hostel

Denman Island is truly a refreshing view of alternative living. My world has no franchises, I cant buy a lottery ticket. Denman's passionate about growing food , loves to be creative and we play lots of music. The Guesthouse/hostel is your starting point for fun and adventure...
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Journeys Perch Guesthouse

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Journeys Perch Guesthouse

Journey’s Perch Guesthouse provides a warm, welcoming space where travelers can decompress or prepare for days full of activity in the Revelstoke area; for people come from all over the world to explore and appreciate what the community and the Kootenay- Columbia Mountain ranges have to offer. Journ...
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Kelowna International Hostel

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Kelowna International Hostel

The Kelowna Int'l Hostel is a clean, friendly hostel with fabulous atmosphere, incredible customer service and is located just 1 block to the beach. We offer FREE pancakes and coffee every morning, a FREE pick-up from the greyhound station when you arrive and daily/nightly activities. We also...
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Days Inn Victoria Uptown

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Days Inn Victoria Uptown

Enjoy spectacular views of Victoria's Upper Harbour and easy access to downtown...
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Little Riverwalk House

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Little Riverwalk House

We are a small cute house, each room has a double bed, dresser, and desk. It is an historic house, if you enjoy historical type experience, our house will suit you. Inglewood has the distinction of being Calgary's oldest neighbourhood[ and it is immediately across the Elbow river from Fort Ca...
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HI Athabasca Falls

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HI Athabasca Falls

HI Athabasca Falls is the perfect hostel for outdoor group activities. It is the largest of the four wilderness hostels in Jasper National Park. Located next to the powerful Falls of the same name, the location promises awesome views, spectacular hiking and a wonderful off-the-beaten path experience...
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M Montreal

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M Montreal

The M Montreal Hostel is definitely the place to stay if you want to fully enjoy Montreal. We are surrounded by the most popular neighborhoods like Old Montreal (10 min walk), the Latin Quarter (5 min walk) or the Festival District (10 min walk). With a creative concept freshly remodeled, our est...
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Hostel Shiloh_Works

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Hostel Shiloh_Works

Amazing recreational getaway at the foot of Birkenhead Mountain - only 20 minutes away from Pemberton and 50 minutes drive to world renowned Whistler. Surrounded by the stunning West Coast Mountains the area offers four-seasons of outdoor adventure. From hiking, Biking, fishing, canoeing and hors...
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Planet Traveler Hostel

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Planet Traveler Hostel

Welcome to Planet Traveler Hostel, the friendliest, greenest and most comfortable hostel Toronto has to offer. At Planet Traveler we work tirelessly to ensure your time in Toronto is as enjoyable as possible. We understand that it’s guests that make a hostel stay memorable, and from the abundance...
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Samesun Montreal Central

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Samesun Montreal Central

Welcome to Samesun’s newest hostel in Montreal! Samesun now offers top quality accommodation in the best location in downtown Montreal. With award winning hostel facilities and located within walking distance of Montreal’s top attractions, Samesun’s newest hostel is your best choice in Eastern Ca...
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Dreamcatcher Hostel Ltd

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Dreamcatcher Hostel Ltd

Dreamcatcher Hostel is a beautifully renovated heritage building in a fantastic central location just off main street in the outdoor paradise of Golden - the only hostel in the downtown! We are owner operated and, along with our hostel dogs, enjoy welcoming travellers to our home! We have 8 priva...
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HI Rampart Creek

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HI Rampart Creek

Incredible location! Welcome to HI Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel! Summers at HI Rampart Creek are all about unspoiled wilderness, easy hikes out the back door to canyon waterfalls or clifftop vistas and seeing grizzly bears wander about the forested areas that surround our hostel. Winter is ab...
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Poppi

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Poppi's

Poppi's is a unique hostel in that all the rooms are private. Three rooms have a queen-sized bed, one room has two twin beds, and one has a bunk bed. It is perfect for the traveller who wants privacy, while still having the opportunity to meet new and interesting people. Each room has an eye-cat...
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Visitel Hotel Montreal

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Visitel Hotel Montreal

Located in the centre of Montreal, in the heart of the Latin Quarter, Hotel Visitel offers you the opportunity to experience the Old Town of this Canadian city, where you can get around easily on foot to all the major places of interest. Close to the hotel you'll find the University of Quebec in...
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HI Castle Mountain

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HI Castle Mountain

Located between Banff and Lake Louise, the warm and hospitable Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of adventures, from hiking alpine trails to skiing at nearby resorts. We are also ideal for a stress-relieving getaway, set amongst beautiful natural surroundings...
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The Fitz Hostel

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The Fitz Hostel

Like Captain Fitzwilliam Owen, the first to chart Georgian Bay, The Fitz Hostel is charting new territory as the first and only hostel on the Bruce Peninsula.The Fitz offers dorm and private room options with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The hostel is centrally located in the village of L...
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Alexandra Hotel

Welcome to the Alexandra Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the city. Minutes from attractions and public transit, our studio units contain both a double bed and single bed, equipped efficiency kitchenette, private bath with tub and shower, flat-screen cable TV, direct-dial telephone and...
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Auberge Michel Doyon

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Auberge Michel Doyon

Auberge Michel Doyon has always managed to provide the best price to quality ratio in Quebec City. This is what has characterized our last 50 years in business. We are happy to have you share our hospitality and are anxious to help you optimize your stay in Quebec City. The Hotel is based in a se...
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Auberge Jeunesse LouLou

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Auberge Jeunesse LouLou's Backpacker Hostel

PROMOTION. From September 18 -2017 to May 31 2018 These disount will apply to the price shown: Discount: 10% for all dorm reservation+ Discount: 10% for a 1 night stay in a private room Discount: 15% for a 2 nights stay in a private room Discount: 20% for a 3+nights stay in a private...
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Le Soleil Nordique

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Le Soleil Nordique

Le Soleil Nordique Guesthouse offers: Peace in the center of everything. Queen bed, Washbasin, Toilet, Television in each room. "Summer room" has a double or 2 single beds but is for 2 persons maximum. Taxes Free Rates Free Wi-Fi access Free parking Free Breakfast Sunny balcony and sh...
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Barefoot Hostel - Female Only

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Barefoot Hostel - Female Only

Visiting Ottawa to absorb some local or national history? We are in one of Ottawa's oldest neighbourhoods, where Prime Ministers lived, down the street from Parliament! Looking for culture? World class performance venues (NAC) or conference centers (Shaw), festivals, and national museums are only a...
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North Coast Trail Backpackers Ltd.

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North Coast Trail Backpackers Ltd.

Welcome to North Coast Trail Backpackers Hostel. We are located in downtown Port Hardy, BC, just steps from the beach, shops, restaurants, bus station, museum and grocery store. We have both dorm beds and private rooms available in one of our three living areas; two apartment style suites and t...
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Le Gite du Plateau Mont-Royal

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Le Gite du Plateau Mont-Royal

We love Montreal and we want to share our joy of living in this city. We have a nice and charming hostel where you can meet people from all around the world. Our hostel is located in downtown Montreal near all main attractions. Our dynamic and joyful team will be glad to show you all Montreal's...
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City Hostel

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City Hostel

City Hostel is located right in the middle of downtown St.John's, only 5 minutes walk to the waterfront and a 10 minute walk from George Street and all the other major amenities (like you'll need anything else!). City Hostel is owned and operated by two experienced travelers who saw a need for a hos...
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The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal

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The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal

An ‘auberge’ translates as an ‘inn’ and ours is situated in a 1875 warehouse, which we restored and rejuvenated. The basic attributes and rich textures of the old city building: the rock walls, the old hardwood floors, the arched windows and high ceilings. The ‘Auberge Alternative’ is an budget...
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HI Charlottetown Backpackers Inn

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HI Charlottetown Backpackers Inn

Affordable accommodation needs not be institutional, or impersonal. We have invested in quality, because your hostel is also our home. Charmed by Island life, we have crossed the bridge and chosen a path. Years of backpacking travel experience from both sides of the desk culminates in the ideal s...
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Squamish Adventure Inn

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Squamish Adventure Inn

Opened in 2016, our fantastic facilities, location and prices make us a perfect base for exploring Squamish....
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Alexandrie-Montréal

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Alexandrie-Montréal

For 17 years, we've been building a real hostel that fulfils the backpackers needs : Without big publicity, people chose us because they looking for an hostel experience. We proud to say that we are not an hotel or a bar. Night life in Montreal is fantastic. We don't need a bar in the permis. Your b...
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Pleasantview

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Pleasantview

1800's inn on the river with all mod-cons, authentically furnished in exceptional location on Belleisle Bay, part of the Stonehammer Geopark UNESCO designation. Great location for touring bikers, cyclists. Family reunions, small weddings welcome. We are located in Hatfield Point, Between Moncto...
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The Celebrities Hotel

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The Celebrities Hotel

Ideally located between the Latin Quarter, the Old Montreal and Chinatown, The Celebrities Hotel welcomes you in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. It is certain that one of its 26 rooms in lovely decoration and in the unique charm will seduce you. The lively district is full of stores in underground...
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HI Montreal

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HI Montreal

HI Montréal is part of Hostelling International Canada, a not-for-profit organization on a mission to build a community of conscious travellers who share a greater understanding of people, places and cultures. HI members get a 10% discount at check-in upon presentation of their card! We offer...
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HI Prince Rupert, Pioneer Guesthouse

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HI Prince Rupert, Pioneer Guesthouse

Located in the Cow Bay Tourist district of downtown Prince Rupert, this hostel provides a casual, relaxing and friendly stay in an exceptionally spotless and extensively renovated heritage building. Both private rooms and dorm style rooms are offered to meet every budget, with single use bathrooms...
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Auberge Saint-Paul

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Auberge Saint-Paul

Ideally located in the heart of Montréal’s Old Port, the Auberge Saint-Paul Hostel provides a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and a cozy family atmosphere - at a completely affordable price! Managed by our team of adventurers, the hostel occupies one of the most beautiful buildings in the old par...
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HI-Whiskey Jack (Yoho)

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HI-Whiskey Jack (Yoho)

HI-Yoho National Park, The Whiskey Jack Hostel is a true gem of a hostel that is a must do stop on your trip through the Canadian Rockies. The hostel is just short walk from Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada's five highest waterfalls. From the deck of the hostel, you can watch the glacier fed 1254 f...
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Wicked Hostels - Calgary

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Wicked Hostels - Calgary

We are the hostel that when you arrive, you will almost instantly feel like you are a part of the family - we have the best prices, the most amenities, and we are about making sure you, our guest, has an amazing time here. For the security of our guests, we only accept genuine travelers carrying...
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Samesun Banff

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Samesun Banff

Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains with your home in the heart of Banff. Centrally located and top rated, our hostel boasts spacious dorm rooms, most with amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, daily activities, and an onsite bar. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff...
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Auberge Bishop

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Auberge Bishop

There’s no better way to enjoy your stay in Montreal during your Canadian holiday than staying at our hostel located right downtown. Auberge Bishop is a historic building that’s just minutes away from all the top Montreal attractions. It offers affordable accommodations in an eclectic décor and a fr...
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HI Mont-Tremblant

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HI Mont-Tremblant

Please note that the rates quoted on this page do not include the sales taxes (about 15%) and are based on our regular rate. HI Members will get a 10% discount upon arrival by showing the membership card. HI Mont-Tremblant's Hostel is the perfect spot for nature and adventure lovers! Plus, the h...
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HI Lake Louise

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HI Lake Louise

Experience the Rocky Mountains and stay with us at HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre. This is a stunning hostel with vaulted ceilings, a sunny outdoor patio, cozy fireplaces, a sauna and even an on-site restaurant. Its an ideal place for backpackers who want to experience everything that the Rocky Moun...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Canada.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Canada.

If you're already planning to visit Canada - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Whistler : Ski Season to Neverland Tale

From surf bums to snow bunnies,  ski season in Whistler, Canada

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An Introduction to Craft Beer in Vancouver, Canada

There’s nothing like a cold beer after a day of voracious sightseeing. Vancouver has the sightseeing covered- from crossing suspension bridges to literally climbing up a mountain there’s tons of ways to get very thirsty. Luckily Vancouver also has the best Craft Beer scene in Canada. Even the dodgiest little hole in the wall will have at least one local offering! These are some of the can’t-miss places from the party district and the suburbs.

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Calgary : Gateway to the Rocky Mountains

To start off, a little about the weather: Calgarians LOVE to talk about the weather. And Calgary has its fair share of wacky weather. Winter temperatures average at around -14°C, however can plummet to -30°C. However, it’s not just your average cold Canadian city. Due to its close proximity to the mountains, (About 100KM from the entrance to the Rockies – relatively close for Canada) a warm wind weather system known locally as a “Chinook” graces Calgary with its presence in the winter months raising the temperature by, in some cases 40 degrees, to a balmy 10-20°C within a few hours, and lasting for up to a week before returning back to sub-zero temperatures. This gives Calgarians a break once in a while from the frigid cold, and is a very much beloved weather condition by the locals. People take full advantage, and you can see people walking around in shorts and short-sleeve shirts in the middle of January. This phenomenon may seem unnatural to visitors, some even claiming it to be “global warming” (*cough*Leonardo DiCaprio*cough*) but rest assured, it is very natural, and you can see a beautiful cloud formation called a “chinook arch” westward towards the mountains.

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Calgary : Gateway to the Rocky Mountains of Canada

To start off, a little about the weather: Calgarians LOVE to talk about the weather. And Calgary has its fair share of wacky weather. Winter temperatures average at around -14°C, however can plummet to -30°C. However, it’s not just your average cold Canadian city. Due to its close proximity to the mountains, (About 100KM from the entrance to the Rockies – relatively close for Canada) a warm wind weather system known locally as a “Chinook” graces Calgary with its presence in the winter months raising the temperature by, in some cases 40 degrees, to a balmy 10-20°C within a few hours, and lasting for up to a week before returning back to sub-zero temperatures. This gives Calgarians a break once in a while from the frigid cold, and is a very much beloved weather condition by the locals. People take full advantage, and you can see people walking around in shorts and short-sleeve shirts in the middle of January. This phenomenon may seem unnatural to visitors, some even claiming it to be “global warming” (*cough*Leonardo DiCaprio*cough*) but rest assured, it is very natural, and you can see a beautiful cloud formation called a “chinook arch” westward towards the mountains.

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Canada’s First Capital : Kingston, Ontario

Living really far North in upstate New York means my hubby and I really feel far from civilisation. Our beloved New York City is a tiresome five-hour drive away, and even the closest major city, Syracuse, is a little over an hour away itself. But one of the perks of being this far North, is that Canada is right on our doorstep. So as soon as we got the chance, we took advantage of this fact, hopped in the car and set off. It was a bizarre feeling to be entering another country just half an hour from our apartment, but, so, so exciting as this was my first ever time visiting Canada!

Tammy Ann Tchou

Workaway- volunteering in business’s or home stays in exchange for food and accomodation  

I enjoyed using helpx because it included a wide range of organisations and experiences. You can volunteer at an organic farm in Canada, a resort in Cambodia or a school in Peru. I have yet to use the other sites but have met many people who have and they have had great experiences.

Jess Boyd

Golden Adventure: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

The town of Golden, BC is tucked away in the mountains of western Canada. It is a quiet sleepy little town, but don’t let this trick you into thinking that it isn’t worth the stop on a drive through the mountains. While many tourists choose to stop at the better known towns of Banff or Jasper, Golden offers plenty for the adventure-minded traveler to do. It is also ideal for those who seek a quiet area to relax and for families looking for some fun.

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Hot Springs 

Fairmont Hot Springs: Although this town was built around this resort, these pools aren’t even close to the nicest in the area. This is the location in which I was employed at the time as a lifeguard, and it’s a pretty epic place to make some cash year round if you’re ever wondering what you should do with you life for a couple months or so. Somewhat expensive, and insanely packed in peak season, the springs are man-made and include three different pools, all with varying temperatures. If you time it properly (in the off season), it’s quite possible that you’ll get these pools all to yourself. A hot pool, a cold (but still disgustingly warm) lap pool, and a dive tank with a one and three metre diving board, is what people from all over Canada come to take advantage of year round.

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Herbert Lake

You know how almost every place in West Canada looks like a postcard? Well, Herbert Lake is one of those places.

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Planning Your Trip: Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

The majestic and world-renowned Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, is a popular tourist destination for a reason. From stunning snow-capped mountains, to mint blue glacial waters, everywhere you glance in this unique spot in the Rockies has an awe-inspiring quality. I lived and worked in Lake Louise for the 2016 season, and I can assure you that the surroundings never fall short of taking your breath away.

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Moving from Europe to Canada

Moving from Europe to Canada Introduction When I was young, I enjoyed geography — I was always researched countries, flags, history and was able to find any country on the map almost instantly. Love for travel stayed with me since then. I had always dreamed of traveling the world, yet being from a small town in Croatia, it seemed impossible. Thankfully I chose an awesome career path — DJ — which gave me the opportunity to travel and explore many cities and countries. In this blog I will be writing my opinions and experiences as I discover different cities and countries, who knows — maybe you might get some useful tips from my travels, like what to see, eat, where to party and how to stay safe will abroad. So stay tuned, enjoy, listen to some of my music and enjoy! For my first post I will start with my longest trip that lasted for 3 years – Canada!

Strizic

Banff: Summertime in the Canadian Rockies

Banff: Summertime in the Canadian Rockies Cascade Mountain framed by the chateau style shops of Banff Ave. Photo credit: Beautiful Canada, Pinterest

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“Ya Bro, It Was Like 5 Degrees, But I Guess That’s Like Summer In Canadia. Get It, You’re Canadian So You Must Be From Canadia!”

Wish I could say that less than fifty percent of British/Australian people I’ve met have made this joke, but at least I’m able to curse at them in French after they make it; yay for bilingualism! All terrible jokes aside, I’ve come to realise that the world in general sees Canada as a cold, snowy place (a position that I’ve reinforced with my horror stories of the east coast winter 2015). Although for five to eight months of the year this may be true, every year a time comes when the humans, bears, and beavers of Canada attempt to shed their winter guts faster than the land can shed the snow (we rarely win). This beautiful time of year is summertime, and during summertime there is no better place to be than Banff!

justin-tweed

Quebec: 6 must see places

I know Quebec is not the most popular province in Canada. When people usually plan a trip to Canada, they want to see the Rockies, Banff or Toronto. But Quebec has everything travelers love: mountains, sea, beautiful cities and different types of landscapes. From Montreal to Forillon and from Forillon to Natashquan, there are a thousand things to see and you should definitely see them for yourself. Here are 6 of my favorite places in Quebec (not in order), that you definitely need to see if you ever plan on coming to Canada one day.

Roxanne Chenette

Brighton & Hove: Living the Exchange Dream

Doing an exchange program had always been a dream of mine and 99% of my friends – I wouldn’t say 100%, because some of my friends have already been a exchange student before. My dream was going to ether Australia or UK, USA, Canada or any another English speaking countries to take a language course and also to see the world.

KT Oliveira

Adventure

My fiance, Ricky, and I had dreamed of living together in a mountain town so when we arrived in Canada with two year working holiday visas we were stoked for adventure and to see where it would lead us. Our first month was spent wandering around British Columbia, going to festivals and speaking to people about where to find great snow and a “Canadian” mountain town.

Rachel Rae

The aesthetic town of Banff, Canada – must see, eat and do

Banff is such a vibrant town and every traveler making their way to Alberta, Canada should make sure that they experience the best parts of it. You know you’re in a special place when all the buildings match and work perfectly with the beautiful mountains at every view point. This town is a tribute to the beautiful Canadian landscapes and the people living here definitely show that with their respect for the town. Even the public toilets have a log cabin look to them, are immaculate and play continuous smooth jazz, what gets better than that? The town of Banff truly is a united community where everyone is welcome.

KELSEY HELLYER

Banff- Experiencing the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Banff is located in Alberta, Canada and is one of the most breathtaking places that I’ve had the privilege of visiting. Banff is a National Park and can often be quite expensive to visit, unless you have friends or family members there to stay with; however, I have visited Banff several times and would highly recommend saving the money, if needed, to experience it’s natural beauty. Below is a map outlining this gorgeous National Park.

Jess

What to do in Ottawa

Less famous than its three big sisters, Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, the capital of Canada is often forgotten by tourists visiting this huge country. But with its strategic location at the French/English border, its proximity to nature, and its opened arms to the whole world, Ottawa has nothing less to offer than the well-known metropolises.

Maude Pigeon

Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail

The Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT) on mainland British Columbia, Canada is a fantastic, off the beaten track, hut to hut backpacking trail for determined beginners and seasoned hikers. This 180km trail provides views of the Salish Sea and neighbouring Vancouver Island, takes you through serenely wooded forests, peaceful lakes, and gorgeous mountain views. The SCT is also unique in that it is the longest hut to hut trail in Canada, and the cabins are completely free to use!

Lisa He

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