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Hostel standards

All Hostelling International hostels in Canada strive to deliver a high quality, friendly, safe and comfortable accommodation experience. Our hostels are inspected annually to ensure they meet the international standards for comfort, cleanliness, security, friendliness, environmental sensitivity and privacy.

While all hostels adhere to these standards, the level of services available at each hostel may vary. Hostelling International-Canada classifies each hostel according to such things as:

  • Guest access 
  • Availability of private rooms
  • Booking systems
  • Facilities (i.e. laundry, self-catering kitchen, etc.)
  • Equipment and activities (i.e. bicycle rentals and organized hikes, etc.)


HI-Canada has two sorts of hostels: standard hostels, in towns and cities across the country, and wilderness hostels. Both types of hostels are inspected regularly to insure they are welcoming, clean, safe, and comfortable and offer privacy.

Standard hostels typically offer more in the way of amenities and services (such free Wi-Fi, expeditions to let you experience the city, or cafés onsite), while wilderness hostels are located in our national parks and offer easier access to the great outdoors.

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