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HI Castle Mountain, Wilderness Hostel

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HI Castle Mountain

HI Castle Mountain, Wilderness Hostel

Hwy 1A & Hwy 93 South
Banff National Park, Alberta

Half way between Banff and Lake Louise, HI Castle Mountain is just off the Bow Valley Parkway, a quieter highway where wildlife is a bit easier to spot. Within view of the iconic Castle Mountain, the hostel gives you a taste of wilderness living with some of the comforts of home, like a cozy lounge with a wood-burning stove.

  • Cozy and inviting fireplace to enjoy the views
  • Long-time manager Tony and his epic stories
  • Wilderness life with creature comforts
Useful Info

Open: May to September (open daily)
           October to April (closed Mondays)
           Check seasonal schedule
Check-in: 17:00
Check-out: 10:00


  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Campfire pit
    Campfire pit
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
All Amenities & Facilities

A glimpse of the hostel

HI Castle Mountain
Shared Room
Fire pit
Hostel Award
Surrounding Area
Mountain Biking

Beds & Rooms

Shared Rooms

14-Bed Room

Dive back into your summer camp days in our women-only or men-only rooms which sleeps 14-people in bunk beds.  Each bunk has ample storage to store your belongings. 

  • Towels
  • Linens
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Group Bookings

Half way between Banff and Lake Louise, HI Castle Mountain hostel provides a unique setting for groups of up to 28 seeking a rustic wilderness experience with the added perks of sleeping indoors and waking up to hot showers. Make use of the hostel's fully equipped self-catering kitchen and cozy fireplace lounge.

Groups Information

I rented the entire hostel last winter for a girls' trip with 28 ladies and we had a fabulous weekend skiing, eating, and hanging out in the comfortable hostel.

Tanya Koob, Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

For a one-week period, we lived and worked together at Castle Mountain Hostel. We prepared food and ate as a community; we slept in bunk bed dorms, sang around the fire, and together built a portable outdoor city of tent laboratories. 

This hostel and the Manager Tony are the warmest, kindest, and comforting things about being on the Bow Valley Parkway!

My friends and I stay here as much as we can when we just need a cheap, and beautiful weekend away from the busy-ness of the City!! 


This hostel isn't like the other wilderness hostels for it offers hot showers, real indoor toilets, and of course warmth. This made it so much easier with winter gear and windchills dipping down near -30ºC.


A Word about HI Wilderness Hostels

Learn the ins and outs of our special, rustic wilderness hostels in the Rockies.

From the Magazine

Great Canadian Road Trip Tips

HI hostels  are all over the country at ideal stopping points. With a hostel, you’ll get a comfy place to sleep, kitchen facilities to help you feed yourself while sticking to a budget, hot showers and you’ll still get to meet other backpackers along the way (and maybe pick up a new passenger), which is a heck of a lot better than trying to sleep in your car.

March 28, 2017

4 Options to Work, Travel and Explore Western Canada!

A recent report by the QMI agency was released on the Journal de Québec website recently. It said that in the last decade 60,855 young people from across Canada came to work in Alberta. Impressive, right? Is it a search for adventure or for money? Whichever you're after, you've come to the right place!

April 10, 2017

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HI Castle Mountain, Wilderness Hostel

No fees. No deposit.