See the Canada you imagined, the real Canadian Rockies, at HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel.
Located 29 km north of Lake Louise and 6 km south of Crowfoot Glacier on the Icefields Parkway in the geographic middle of Banff National Park at 6500 ft/1815m. HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel is an excellent place for backpackers and adventure travellers, like yourself, to base all your outdoor pursuits from; Summer: Hiking, Cycling, Climbing and Scrambling- Winter: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Ice Climbing as well as incredible Nature Photography. HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel is a back-to-nature "Off-the-Grid" wilderness experience away from the crowds, the shops and the bars of the town centres. The being "Off-the-Grid" means that the hostel is very simple by nature; No Phone, No Electricity, No Showers and Outhouse toilets. Meeting all the Hostelling International Quality Standards as a "Rustic" hostel guarantees that you will have a safe warm, comfortable sleep in clean facilities away from the bears.
You can sleep uninterrupted while the creek splashes by your cabin window or the snow falls on the cabin roof. With accommodation for 20 people, the hostel provides a warm, inviting, personable atmosphere in which even the shyest of travellers will find themselves sharing the kitchen, sauna, campfire or travel stories with other adventurers well into the evening.
If you enjoy camping but don't have the gear or you'd much rather be warm and dry, you really should give HI-Mosquito Creek a try. If your comfort level requires just a little more privacy, we have a of couple very simple private rooms available as well. Our hostel is all about the people you meet and the places you'll see on your travels - and being able to do so in a comfortable and communal environment. Come on, stay with us and try a unique Rocky Mountain experience you'll treasure for a lifetime.
Due to its wilderness location, accessibility for the physically disabled is challenging (please call for further details). A credit card is needed when making reservations. Due to the lack of direct/reliable communication with HI-Mosquito Creek or any of the other wilderness hostels, the Central Reservation Office is not able to make same day arrival reservations. Please provide 48 hours individual cancellatio at all wilderness hostels. Book ahead to avoid any disapointment as these smaller hostels are very popular both winter and summer.
The Official Parks Canada Visitors Guide to Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. This brochure is handed out at park gates, campgrounds and information centres.
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Experience nature. Make new friends.
Return to simplicity.
Get back to nature with HI's network of wilderness hostels. They're 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 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.
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: