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Hostels

Vancouver & BC in general have a large selection of Hostels. Hostelling International has 18 Hostels in BC and there are many private non-affiliated others. Hostels range from the Apartment-like HI Hostel in downtown Vancouver to tree houses on Saltspring Island. Hostels may be pre-booked at Backpacker hostels in Canada - Backpacker site and Confirmed Online bookings in Canada. Alternatively, whether you are after  hostels in Toronto , hostels in Vancouver or other locations in Canada, HostelBookers has your accommodation covered, whatever your budget is..

There was a time when Hostelling International was pretty well the only choice out there in a hostel. There are now numerous alternatives, such as Global Village Backpackers & CN Backpackers (located near the main train & bus station and about $12 a night) listed in the table below. As far as HI Hostels are concerned, there are three of them in Vancouver. One of them is located at Jericho Beach (a nice white sandy beach, great in the summer) and one in the West End, close to downtown, plus a new one on Granville Street in the downtown core. Links to Hostelling International are in the table below. It is advisable to phone them from the Airport to check on availability, or better still follow the link below, to make an online reservation. The downtown Hostel, is often full, even in Winter (mainly with Australians). The Jericho Beach Hostel usually has more beds available. The price is about $20 Canadian, or $14 US a night per person. ($4 more if you don't have a Youth Hostel membership). The Downtown Hostel is slightly more expensive. There is a free shuttle bus from The Jericho Hostel to Downtown (20 min) and the main Bus and Train Station. See my "Getting Around" section for information on transportation and Vancouver Airport.

The phone number for the Downtown West End Hostel is 604-684-4565 (or toll free 1-888-203-4302),. For the Downtown Granville Hostel, the phone number is 604-685-5335 (toll free 1-800-203-8333). For  Jericho Beach (seasonal May thru September), the phone number is 604-224-3208. (toll free 1-888-4303) (You don't have to dial any more digits than the numbers shown, from a payphone at the Airport, and it costs 25 cents. Try the 1-888 numbers first, you probably won't even have to put any coins in, dial all 10 digits). The Downtown West End Hostel is located at 1114 Burnaby St., the Downtown Granville Hostel is at 1025 Granville and Jericho is at 1515 Discovery. To get to either from the Airport, catch a #100 bus and transfer to a #8 Fraser at Granville and 70th. For the Downtown West End Hostel, get off the Fraser Bus at Davie street (after crossing bridge) and catch a Davie St. Bus westbound (to your left) to Davie and Thurlow. Walk down the hill one block to Burnaby and the hostel is to your left. To get to the Granville Hostel, get off the Fraser Bus at Granville & Nelson, and your there. To get to Jericho, get off the Fraser bus at the last stop before the Granville St. Bridge (ask driver), walk through the pedestrian underpass to 4th Ave and catch a 4th Ave. bus westbound (to your left). Get off at Discovery St., and walk towards the beach. The Hostel is an old converted Army barracks. To get CN Backpackers Hostel, Take Bus # 100 to Marine Drive and Main Street, transfer to Bus # 3 (Main Street Bus), get off one stop after the bus depot. This Vancouver Map is large and slow loading, but I have marked the location of both HI Hostels on it for you. (The CN Backpackers Hostel is near the Via Rail terminal at the right hand side of the inset map. Global Village Hostel is at Granville & Nelson on the same inset.)

There are several other Private Hostels and cheap Guesthouses. They are less well known than the Hostelling International ones and therefore more likely to have room. They also run around the $20 a night range. See below for addresses and links.

You will also find information on Hostels in the BC Interior and Vancouver Island through the links in the table, below. See my "Rest of BC" section for information on the rest of BC.

 

Please E-Mail me if you come across any places you think deserve special mention.

 

Jericho Beach Hostel (from Hostelling International - Vancouver Jericho Beach)
 

Links & Alternative non-HI Hostels:
 
  Note: For Hostels in the rest of BC, check my Rest of BC section. For Hostels in the Whistler Area, check my Whistler Section.
 
 

 Hostel  Description Address Phone Number
Hostel Booking- Vancouver On-Line Hostel booking Worldwide N/A
Hostelling International BC   3 Hostelling International Hostels N/A N/A
CN Backpackers Near main Train and Bus Station 927 Main 604-682-2441/1-888-434-6060
Columbia Hotel Gastown 323 Columbia 604-683-3757
Hostelling International Can.  National Hostelling Website N/A N/A
Canadian Backpackers Page  Best source for private Hostel Info. N/A N/A
Hostels  Another source of private Hostels. N/A N/A
Pacific Spirit Hostel Pacific Spirit Hostel $24/night UBC Campus 604-822-1000
Grand Trunk Hostel Downtown Gastown Location 55 Powell 604-681-8968 phone/fax
N. Van. Globetrotters North Shore (Seabus ride Downtown) 170 W. Esplanade 604-988-2082/Fax 604-988-4386
Van. Northshore Homestay North Shore (Seabus ride Downtown) 3605 Rutherford Cres. 604-985-0489 phone/fax