The Best Hostels in Whistler, British Columbia
In 2010, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, hosted the Olympic Winter Games | © Dan Leeth / Alamy Stock Photo
If you love adrenaline highs, you’re, no doubt, familiar with the resort town of Whistler. Home to the mountains Whistler and Blackcomb, it’s known as Canada’s best ski resort. If you’re not visiting during winter, rest assured that activities extend year-round, and these hostels put you right in the action.
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There’s every chance you could be rubbing shoulders with Whistler’s top skiers and snowboarders at Southside Lodge, where five private rooms and two shared dorms overlook Whistler Olympic Park. The world-famous Southside Diner is a favorite pre-ski meeting spot, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The lodge’s location 200 meters (61m) from the Creekside Gondola also makes it pretty popular; you’ll be able to access some of the best powder and freeriding terrain in North America.
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Spend a bit of time in town, and you’ll likely hear the name “HI Whistler” thrown around. Not only is this Whistler’s biggest hostel, but it was also purpose-built for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Now one of the best budget options in town, it’s favored for its location at the doorstep of multiple hiking and mountain biking trails and its top facilities, including a guest lounge with a pool table, a huge outdoor deck and an on-site cafe, Cheaky’s.
Whistler Lodge Hostel
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This historic lodge was originally built in 1965 by students from UBC’s Varsity Outdoor Club, and it’s been a base for mountain adventures ever since. Now a 42-bed backpacker’s hostel, it maintains the feel of a mountain cabin, with bunks in dorm-style rooms and a communal games lounge with a pool table. Private and semi-private rooms are also offered, as well as a terrace and barbecue facilities.
Squamish Adventure Inn
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Squamish Adventure Inn, opposite Stawamus Chief Mountain, treats its guests like family, organizing regular activities like pizza and movie nights, potlucks and group hikes. Head out on its bike paths via the outdoor patio, and take advantage of its estuary location, renting kayaks and paddleboards from the hotel. Keep your eyes peeled for bears eating berries when out on your adventures.
Whistler Fireside Lodge
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The majority of Whistler Creek’s visitors are those who regularly come up from Vancouver to ski. However, you’ll likely bump into a backpacker or two on your travels if rooms aren’t already filled up. This hostel is usually in demand for its clean, family-orientated facilities and cozy loft rooms, which are great for groups.
Pangea Pod Hotel
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The quirky artwork in each private pod sets the tone for this fun-loving boutique hostel in the heart of Whistler’s village, just a couple of minutes from Blackcomb’s gondolas. Pangea wins on location, design, privacy and price, and it is a great choice if you’re looking to mingle with like-minded travelers. Chat over an espresso or craft beer in The Living Room, or try a shaken cocktail on The Rooftop Patio.
These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.