The Best Hostels in Jasper, Alberta

The pretty mountain town of Jasper is favored by outdoor enthusiasts
The pretty mountain town of Jasper is favored by outdoor enthusiasts | © Craig Ellenwood / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 November 2020

Home of the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, this pretty mountain town is favored by outdoor enthusiasts who want to go totally off-grid. While you can enjoy a luxurious vacation here too, a trip to Jasper can be done on a shoestring, thanks to its selection of quality hostels.

HI Mt Edith Cavell

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HI Mt Edith Cavell takes things back to basics, with limited creature comforts. You won’t find running water or electricity here, but you will find plenty of firewood, purified water for cooking, a refrigerator, propane stoves and lights. Framed by Angel Glacier, Cavell Meadows and its namesake, Mount Edith Cavell, it’s a favorite spot with hikers, cyclists and even cross-country skiers, many of whom use it as a base from which to explore the trails of the Tonquin Valley. The hostel’s heartbeat is its communal kitchen, where visitors from around the globe cook together, play cards and exchange travel tips.

HI Beauty Creek

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For something a little more rustic, opt for off-the-grid living at HI Beauty Creek, where a lack of electricity and running water is remedied by some of the best stargazing in town. Jasper National Park was recently named the World’s Largest Accessible Dark Sky Preserve, and this hostel is close to the darkest part. When you’re not staring up at the sky, take in the views of the Sunwapta River, where caribou, wolves and other wildlife reside.

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  • HI Athabasca Falls

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    A stay at HI Athabasca, near to Athabasca Falls, takes you into nature’s core. Nearby Horseshoe Lake is ideal for summertime swims, while Fryatt Valley and Athabasca Pass offer trails for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking. Sleep in one of three cedar-panelled rustic cabins and share stories around the firepit for an authentic camping experience. For those who aren’t willing to brave a morning dip in the river, there’s an outdoor shower in summer.

    HI Jasper

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    HI Jasper is a hostel for backpackers looking to connect with nature and other like-minded travellers. Take your pick of shared rooms, private ensuites and family rooms, some of which have flat-screen TVs. Despite boasting all the comforts of a modern hotel, this hostel comes without the hefty price tag and it’s a true gateway to the wilderness. Fuel up for a day of adventures on the surrounding mountains by grabbing a bite at the on-site Sleepy Hollow Café.

    Jasper Downtown Hostel

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    If you’re a true backpacker and arriving in town without any transport, Jasper Downtown Hostel conveniently offers both bike and car rental, so you can access the likes of Lake Annette Beach in 10 minutes. And for those who are driving, free parking is available close to the hostel, and there are lockers for skis, snowboards and backpacks. You’ll also be able to take advantage of free wifi throughout the hostel.

    These recommendations were updated on November 6, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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