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Explore British Columbia

Where the mountains meet the Pacific

Canada's westernmost province is where the mountains meet the ocean. From the coastal rainforests to the peaks of the Rockies, this place is an outdoor playground. Get your city fix in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Nanaimo and your wilderness fix... literally everywhere else. Surf in Tofino, ski in Whistler, hike in the Kootenays or lake-hop in the Okanagan.

British Columbia is known for

  • Whales
  • Nightlife
  • Snowsports
  • Forests
  • Surfing

What people love about this province

  • The amazing mountain/ocean combo on the coast
  • Skiing and mountain biking in Whistler
  • The perfect swimming lakes in the Okanagan
  • The close-knit rocky mountain towns
  • Surfing in Tofino

Did you know?

  • BC’s provincial mammal is the Spirit Bear, a rare black bear with white fur.
  • BC has over 27,000kms of coastline.
  • Greenpeace was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1971. 
  • Reported Sasquatch sightings in BC go back over 200 years.

16 hostels in British Columbia

HI Cranbrook, Purcell House

Cranbrook, BC

  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Meeting room
    Meeting room
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage

HI Cumberland, Riding Fool Hostel

Vancouver, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Cafe on site
    Cafe on site
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Bike rentals
    Bike rentals

HI Fernie, Raging Elk Hostel

Fernie, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free breakfast
    Free breakfast
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Bar on site
    Bar on site
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info

HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse

Nanaimo, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Bar on site
    Bar on site
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen

HI Nelson, Dancing Bear Inn

Nelson, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen

HI Penticton

Penticton, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Bike rentals
    Bike rentals

HI Prince Rupert, Pioneer Backpackers Inn

Prince Rupert, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
    Wheelchair accessible
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Luggage storage
    Luggage storage
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen

HI Shuswap Lake, Squilax General Store

Chase, BC

  • Campfire
    Campfire
  • Cafe on site
    Cafe on site
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Bike rentals
    Bike rentals
  • Free parking
    Free parking

HI Squamish, Adventure Inn

Squamish, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • Campfire
    Campfire

HI Tofino, Whalers on the Point Guesthouse

Tofino, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Bike rentals
    Bike rentals

HI Vancouver Central

Vancouver, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free breakfast
    Free breakfast
  • Urban walks
    Urban walks
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Luggage storage
    Luggage storage

HI Vancouver Downtown

Vancouver, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free breakfast
    Free breakfast
  • Patio
    Patio
  • Wheelchair accessible
    Wheelchair accessible
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen

HI Vancouver Jericho Beach

Vancouver, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Restaurant on site
    Restaurant on site
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Bike rentals
    Bike rentals

HI Victoria

Victoria, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
    Wheelchair accessible
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Luggage storage
    Luggage storage

HI Whistler

Whistler, BC

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Cafe on site
    Cafe on site
  • Patio
    Patio
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Ski storage
    Ski storage

HI Yoho National Park, Whiskey Jack Wilderness Hostel

Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC

  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Tourist Info
    Tourist Info
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • Bike storage
    Bike storage
  • Campfire
    Campfire

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VIA Rail Canada

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Tofino Bus

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Royal BC Museum

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Victoria Bug Zoo

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March 27, 2017
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Whistler on a budget - yes really!

Whistler is known as one of the world’s best ski resorts and with a name tag like that comes an expensive price tag. But it is possible to visit Whistler without breaker your piggy bank in pieces and we'll show you how.

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Far West: A guide to the best spots on Vancouver Island

While those of you on the East Coast are buried under blankets , jackets, and mountains of snow...the west coast of Canada is enjoying an even milder winter than normal (think 15 degrees and sunny in the middle of February). Although we hate rubbing it in, (really!) we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to escape the deep freeze of winter, and head west – far west – to visit some of the best BC has to offer; and explore Vancouver Island.

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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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The Best Coffee(s) in Canada

Even if some Europeans insist on saying that there is no good coffee in Canada, there are actually many places to visit to get your fill of caffeine… good and tasty caffeine!

March 27, 2017
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2016 in 12 shots: (the beautiful) people of hostels

It's this time of year again where we look back on the last 12 months and identify the highlights of our year - our achievements, our best trips and all the people who've joined us on those crazy adventures. 

January 11, 2017
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How our Newest hostel HI Squamish Adventure Inn Came to be

For those who aren’t familiar with the destination, you might not yet know that Squamish is in fact an adventurer’s paradise. 

November 11, 2016
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16 Awesome Cheeky Weekend Plans

Bring music and snacks for the road because this is going to be exciting. Obviously, where you are going will depend on where you are coming from.

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Five Canadian Parks for the Budget-Conscious Traveller

How will you experience Canadian parks without breaking the bank? 5 easy picks to get you started.

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