why banff? WHY us? Why Not?
Banff National Park has tremendous beauty that few places in the world can compete with, we know it and we loving sharing this brilliant place with travellers from all over the world. The HI-Banff Alpine Centre team has a passion for travel as well as making your stay the best possible experience. Seeing is believing, have a look at our Virtual Tour and explore the hostel from the inside out. Check our video and see why more backpackers stay with us while in Banff than at any other hostel. We even had a guest (Dan HB) make a great video about his time at the hostel!
Free Town of Banff Transportation.
Get a bus pass from the Front Desk (deposit required) and save $5 or more per day! Our guests use the Banff town buses free during their stay to get to all the local sights, like the Bow Falls, Sulphur Gondola and Banff Springs.
Free WIFI throughout the entire hostel.
Great Specials and Deals.
Save money on your room rate and activities when you book our JOB SEEKER PACKAGE or any WINTER PACKAGE!
Kick Ass Pub and Restaurant.
Our onsite bar, The Storm Cellar Pub & Gamehouse, is the perfect place for meeting other travellers over $2.75 Happy Rums and $3 shots! There is never a dull moment with free games of pool, foosball and darts. Save $$ and enjoy live music, belt out a tune at Karaoke or check out our daily activities, guaranteed!Enjoy tasty food at backpacker prices at Cougar Pete's Kitchen and Lookout and soak in the picturesque mountain views from our deck.
We organize group hikes and nightlife events - get involved! This is a great way to see the area and possibly wildlife, experience the nightlife and meet your fellow hostellers. Locals host our activities and most are free or cheap!
Safe, Secure and Affordable Accommodation.
We have a variety of room types to suit your budget. Check out the pics on our booking page! Every dorm bed has a personal locker big enough to fit your bags, as well as power outlets to charge your electronics even when they're locked away.We also have two commercial grade kitchens, a walk-in fridge, spacious common areas, two decks with Mountain views and a BBQ area!
Most of our staff are backpackers. We arrived in Banff, fell in love with the place - and never left! We get our kicks from helping visitors discover and explore all of the amazing things we love about Banff National Park.
Ski and Snowboard Instructor Programs.
SnowSkool, a gap-year program out of the UK, has been accommodating their guests on its 13-week snowboard & ski instructor courses with HI Banff every year since 2005!
Looking for work?
For over 10 years we've been hosting hiring clinics and working with partners in the community to make it easy for job seekers to find the right job for the right amount of time. Our Job Seeker Packages are your cheapest get-set-up option in town. Two weeks shared accommodation at a discounted rate, free 14-day bus pass, two free drinks in our pub and tips on finding a job in Banff! Refund rate offered if you score a place or staff accom before your package is up. Check our HI-C-PM region hostels are hiring on hostel careers site. Want to stay for FREE? Learn about our Work For Stay program.
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