Ontario, meaning 'Beautiful Water' in the Huron language, is Canada's most populated province. Visit its four HI hostels and take a trip across the province's multifaceted personality!
Ottawa is the country's capital. It is home to many world class museums, year-round festivals, an extensive network of bike trails along the Ottawa River and easy access to nature. The hostel is located a stone's throw from the Parliament...and it is set in a former prison! Its bar, Mugshots, hosts themed nights and is becoming a hot spot of the city's nightlife. Don't miss the famous Open Mic Night!
Toronto is Canada's largest city and it is just as dynamic as diverse: nearly half of its inhabitants were born outside the country. The hostel is located downtown, a few minutes away from the train station, the Eaton Centre, Old Town and hip East Queen Street.
The magnificent Niagara falls are a wonder of nature, but the region has much more to offer. The HI-Niagara Falls hostel is the perfect base to visit the region's vineyards - you can even cycle there! -, the picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-Lake on Lake Ontario, or Crystal Beach, also known as Canada's third coast. At night time, the hostel's BBQs are always great fun: good food, friendly fellow travellers and lively music!
HI-South Algonquin is the remotest of the four hostels. It's the perfect starting point for whoever wishes to explore northern Ontario. It is located in a heritage centennial hotel, in the small village of Maynooth next to the Algonquin Provincial Park. One and a half time the size of Prince Edward Island, the park is a nature's jewel with countless lakes, rivers and mountains. Think of an outdoor activity, you can certainly do it there: rafting, canoe-camping, kayaking, hiking, mountain or road biking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, etc.
Ontario is yours to discover!