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Spring/Summer 2017 & Canada 150

It's 150 years since the birth of modern day Canada & to celebrate the government has decided that entry to the world famous National Parks will be free for everyone this year. That's great news & gives all you holiday makers a little bit of extra cash to spend on something else this holiday. Could be a nice meal, could be a trip up the Kicking Horse Gondola to take in the spectacular views & hike or bike the trails, could be towards the very exciting heli-rafting that Glacier Rafting offer or it could just stay in your bank account! Golden is in a great location being at the Heart of the Parks & is an excellent base to go exploring without demolishing that precious holiday bank balance! Last year dorm beds in Banff were peaking at $70 a night with private rooms all being well over $200. Kicking Horse Hostel dorm beds are $31 per night & that includes tax. The private room is $80, again including tax. I also do a weekly rate which works out at $25 per night for a dorm bed & $65 for the private room. Western Canada was VERY busy last summer & we all expect this summer to be even busier. If you do want to stay in Jasper/Lake Louise/Banff, especially the former, then start booking now as the rooms will sell out fast.Please check out the hostel reviews on tripadviser/google/hostelworld. I have many many people who love the hostel but it isnt for everyone. This is not a motel replacement, I don't have a TV, I don't have hottubs! I am beside a railway line (most of Canada is!) & as such there will be train noise. They don't tend to honk their horns here in town though. I do have free earplugs at the hostel :) 

Camping. The hostel garden has a few places available for specific individuals. If you are a touring cyclist you are more than welcome; check out Warm Showers if you are not already registed. I also allow short term camping for international guests who are doing a few housekeeping shifts at the Bellstar Hotel at Kicking Horse Resort. Depending on the current staffing levels, management at the hotel are open to short contracts of a few days to a couple of weeks. Camping is $10 per night per person. There is no camping for anyone else, & there is no space/power for vans. we have 2 campgrounds in town & numerous ones surrounding town.

Talking of staff, I also need some willing individuals to help me out this summer. You will get free accomodation in return for working 2 days in 7. The hostel is small & if you are efficiant you can have all tasks completed in a couple of hours. If you are interested, send me an email or ask when you come along to the hostel.


All prices include tax. Please note that the private rooms are upstairs in the attic & as such have quite low ceilings. If you are over 6ft/1.85m you may bang your head!

PLEASE NOTE: This hostel has age restrictions. Private rooms 14+,  Dorms 16+. Both dorm rooms are unisex.

We will not under any circumstances accept abusive conduct, this includes but is not limited to racism, sexism, theft & drug use. This hostel caters mostly to international, well travelled, intelligent people. THIS IS NOT A CHEAP MOTEL Narrow minded nonsense will not be accepted!

No outdoor shoes inside - it is very easy to get the place soaking wet from melted snow! If you can remember please bring some slippers/flipflops for inside

hwThe hostel welcomes Hostelworld guests. Did you know though that it is generally cheaper to book with the hostels direct? HostelWorld owns pretty much all of the hostelbooking websites from Hostels.com to Lonelyplanet.com & due to this monopoly they are increasing their fees; you may have noticed the increase in deposit from 10% to 12% in Canada. This deposit goes directly to HostelWorld not the hostel.


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Kicking Horse Hostel is pleased to support local charity Little Mittens. The charity looks after abandoned cats and trys to find forever homes for these animals. They also run a successful TNR program (trap neuter return) which aims to reduce the number of feral cats in the area. Currently the shelter is overrun with unwanted kittens & to help out the hostel fosters up to 4 kittens until they are adopted. The last set of kittens have sadly not been abopted so they have grown up a bit into beautiful cats. They too live in the hostel so if you are not a cat person & especially  if you are seriously allergic to cats then please consider this information before you book as the hostel can not guarantee a cat allergen free environment. The hostel is small, you won't be able to avoid them!