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Whistler offers whack loads of outdoor activities, including the adrenaline-pumping bungee jumping hosted by Whistler Bungee! Now, not everyone does the Charlie Brown dance when bungee jumping is mentioned but for 3 friends and me, we were cha cha cha-ing all the way to Whistler.
Check out this Global News Story on staying with HI during next years Olympics: With just six months to go before the 2010 games two of the largest hostels in downtown Vancouver are nearly booked up. Read more »
Opening in time for the 2010 Olympics, Translinks new Canada Line is ready to start running on August 17th, over 3 months ahead of schedule. This new skytrain route will run from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the downtown core, taking a mere 25 minutes end to end and stopping at 16 locations. The route will connect with the Expo Line, the King George Line, the Seabus and the West Coast Express, at the Waterfront Station, providing an invaluable asset to Vancouvers transit infrastructure.
Check out the Canada Line video, route map and Translink's Tips for Opening Day after the jump. Read more »
Over the years, many relationships have started at hostels and they cover the connection spectrum. From a fleeting 24 hour companion to a friend for life; from a comrade in different time zones or a romance that ends happily ever after, hostelling relationships and stories are made to grow and develop over generations. HI-C-PMR member Peter Spear met his wife through hostelling back in 1961, and his mother and sister were influential figures in the Canadian hostelling movement. He recently attended the successful 100th anniversary celebration at Bragg Creek - a commemorative journey to mark the beginnings hostelling in Canada. Read more »
Previously in Backpacker Buzz, we mentioned our new partnership with the The Robert Bateman's Get To Know Program. The program is based on the philosophy that caring begins with knowing our neighbours of other species and every year, a contest is held to promote learning about plants and wildlife though writing, photgraphy or art. Lisa Grey-Dreaper, Manager for HI-Penticton went to the awards. This is the lo-down from the day. Read more »
To celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Hostelling and the discovery of 505million year old Burgess Shale fossils in Yoho National Park, Hostelling International and Parks Canada have partnered to bring you two unique guided interpretive hikes in the Rockies - Finding Fossils the Walcott Quarry and Mount Stephen Hikes. Read more »
Here at HI-C-PMR we're celebrating 3 wins at the recent HI-Canada Recognition Awards:
- Dorothy Allen Simonetti Award - Robb Cryder
- Chuck & Marjorie Harris Award - Quality Assurance Strategy Work Group
- The Ivy Devereux Award Hostel (under 10,000 overnights) - HI-Rampart Creek
Hostelling turns 100 this year and you get the prizes! Back in 1909, German school teacher Richard Schirmann started the hostelling movement, which then came to Canada in 1933. For the Centennial Celebration, International Youth Hostel Federation hostels (IYHF) around the globe are marking the occasion with giveaways. Read more »
In conjunction with the HI-Shuswap Lake Open House, the Traveling Photo Exhibition "PEOPLE, PLACES, CULTURE - OUR WORLD, AN EXHIBIT" by Keith Levit with be displayed at the hostel from July 4 to 12 daily from 10 am to 3 pm.
Locals and travellers are welcome to drop into HI-Shuswap Lake to learn about hostelling or share their hostel experiences during our Open House on July 5 and July 1 from 10 am to 3 pm, and are encouraged to bring stories and photos to share with others. Read more »
To mark the 100th Anniversary of Hostelling, HI-Canada-Pacific Mountain Region is going back to our hostelling roots. In 1933, Mary Belle Barclay and her sister Catherine started the first hostel in Canada, in the foothills west of Calgary, Alberta. Read more »