Breathtaking mountains, hidden waterfalls, families of grizzly bears and billions of stars – just a few of the amazing things to experience when you’re taking a trip through the gorgeous Rockies in BC and Alberta.
After what seems like CENTURIES (but was really only eleven months) and an extensive renovation, our HI-Calgary City Centre Hostel will reopen June 1st to once again welcome backpackers from around the world. Heavy damage from last summer’s Calgary floods led to the hostel’s closure almost one year ago.
It’s no secret that environmental sustainability is increasingly important, which is why Hostelling International – Canada launched a number of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage at our hostels in recent years. Wanna know how we did it? by Lucy Frank
Native Australian, Lucy came to Canada on the International Experience Canada Program (working holiday visa); she is currently working at HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre and living the dream in the Alberta Rockies. She has a whole host of tips to share with all you backpackers out there.
Jasper is the world's largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve and is an excellent place to celebrate Dark Sky month. Come to Jasper National Park and you’ll finally believe that you can see in the dark. The sky is alive and full of intrigue. Hostelling International has some of the best seats and beds in the preserve for sky watching, bring your telescope and your gear and get ready to be blown away by what you’ll be able to see.
Looking for affordable accommodation in the Albertan Rockies and an awesome winter full of endless powder days? How about ice climbing your way to the top of a frozen waterfall, cross country skiing through the Rocky Mountain grandeur or simply breathing the mountain air and feeling close with nature? Does this sound good to you? If yes, then the HI-Wilderness Season’s Pass is your must have winter accessory.
Hostelling International launched the HISF (Hostelling International Sustainability Fund) in April 2012. The fund is used to help hostels become more environmentally friendly by offering grants to chosen hostels that they put towards a sustainability project. HI travellers can donate to the fund when they book an overnight through the booking platform www.hihostels.com.