If you’re a traveler on a budget, nothing can help you more than finding a good hostel. These inexpensive, often dormitory-style lodgings allow you to rent a bed, gives you access to a shared bathroom, and sometimes there is a shared kitchen. Some offer private rooms while others offer spaces that accommodate a mixed group of people. It’s no five-star resort, but if you’re passing through town and need a place to recharge, it gets the job done. Here are five of the best hostels in Canada:
Auberge Bishop, Montreal – This laid-back hostel has dormitory-style rooms complete with lockers to help keep your possessions safe. Private spaces are available as well. With rooms available for around $22 (USD) a night, there is a shared kitchen, chairs in the lobby, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a laundry service, and a free, simple breakfast. It’s also located in a beautiful, red-brick building. Spend a night here and then take a short walk to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The Planet Traveler Hostel, Toronto – If you’re the kind of person who’s always looking for a way to go green, then this is the hostel for you. It comes complete with solar-powered hot water and heating. Relax in the common area, cook a meal in the shared kitchen, and relax at the rooftop bar where you’ll have an amazing view of the city. Public transportation is nearby and many shops and activities are walking distance. The price per night is around $36 in United States currency.
Wicked Hostels, Calgary – With brightly colored walls and furniture, a stay in this hostel is one you won’t soon forget. It’s clean and isn’t too far from the tallest structure in the city: The Calgary Tower. There, you’ll get a view of the city from 525 feet in the air. Cool, right? Once you’ve done that, take a few minutes walk to the CORE Shopping Centre where you’ll find all your favorite stores. Your bed will be waiting for you.
American Backpackers Hostel, Vancouver – If you’re looking for a no-fuss setting where you can socialize and mingle with other backpackers, look no further. The atmosphere here is eclectic and certainly not for everyone, but you are sure to make memories. This lodging hosts events and the people here seem to share a spirit of adventure. If you stay here, you’ll be minutes away from bars, nightclubs, and public transportation. You can also look forward to shared dinners.
Samesun Banff, Banff – A popular destination for skiing, whitewater rafting, cave exploration, and hiking, Banff, Alberta is a perfect destination for outdoor buffs. While here, you may want to stay at Samesun where you’ll have easy access to public transportation, bars, and restaurants. Enjoy colorful décor, game nights, a shared kitchen, and a free breakfast.
Staying at a hostel isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a traveler looking for a place to sleep that’s cheaper than a five-star hotel, it’s one option that may work for you. Traveling the world doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Crack open your piggy bank and go on an adventure.