Banff and Jasper National Park Affordable Accommodation in Wilderness Locations
Get back to nature with HI's network of wilderness hostels that are placed along the Icefield Parkway HWY 93 north, in both Banff and Jasper National Parks. These hostel are affordable accommodation and are a varied bunch! Some have lights powered by propane, some have rustic wood-burning saunas, at some you'll get electricity and hot running water, and at others you'll get to pump your own water. But whatever you're after, these hostels with their simple comforts immerse you in the natural splendour of the Alberta Rockies.
You'll be able to savour true silence, night skies bursting with stars and the knowledge that some of the world's most magnificent landscapes are, really, right outside our door. Dotted along the Icefields Parkway, and throughout the Parks, these hostels are set into pockets of trees, alongside creeks, or at the base of thousand-foot-high rock faces. Whether you get there by car, bike or on foot, your efforts are rewarded with some of the finer, simpler things in life - a warm fire, cozy lounges, and the chance to share food with new friends while you relive the day's adventures.
This is Dark Sky country, recently Jasper National Park was named the World's Largest Accessible Dark Sky Preserve in the world. HI-Beauty Creek is the closest HI hostel to the darkest part of the National Park, its rustic atmosphere lends to the beauty that surrounds that location. There are also HI hostels close to both Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon, giving you a budget friendly accommodation option in close proximity to the National Parks most popular tourist sites. Our wilderness hostels are perfectly placed throughout this natural playground enabling you to get the best out of each season. In the winter they give immediate access to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, back-country skiing and ice climbing. And when the summer comes, jump on your bike and take a tour of the Icefields Parkway stopping overnight at hostels along the way. Enjoy the splendour of the Rockies on hikes, by canoe or on the perfect road trip.
These hostels are ideal for families, friends, large groups or individuals who want to experience a unique, "off-the-grid" Canadian getaway.
HI has a network of ten wilderness hostels: