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Since 1909, the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF) has been providing travellers of all ages, safe, clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations. Today, Hostelling International is the world's largest budget accommodation provider with over 4,000 hostels in 80 countries. Each year, over 45 million guests take advantage of this extensive network of hostels and travel service providers to learn about local cultures, enhance appreciation of our environment and to meet people from other countries around the world.

As a member of the IYHF, Hostelling International Canada is a not-for-profit Association with a mission: To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of peoples, places and cultures through hostelling.

As an HI hostel, you can access to the most recognized brand in Youth Tourism in Canada:

  • Over 270,000 Canadian overnights
  • Over 430,000 overnights from individuals from over 69 countries worldwide
  • Network of 58 hostels located in all major cities and tourist destinations across Canada


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We encourage independent hostels or individuals considering starting a hostel to think about joining our network of hostels across Canada. 

As part of the world's largest budget accommodation network, we've got the connections to help make your Hostelling International (HI) affiliate hostel a success! From inclusion in our promotional materials like brochures to representation on our web site, affiliation with HI-Canada has many benefits.

Our hostels are organized regionally. To obtain specific hostel affiliation information, please contact the HI-Canada Regional Association nearest you.

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