Canada doesn’t close in the winter. Get seven months of unlimited stays at HI’s wilderness hostels in the Rockies.

Canada’s Rocky Mountains are a totally different world come winter. Once the snow falls, everything becomes quieter, calmer… and, yeah, colder. All you need is some cozy clothes and a warm place to spend the night and this winter wonderland becomes your playground, with cross-country ski trails at your doorstep, crisp night skies bursting with stars and new friends gathered around a mid-winter bonfire.

There are nine wilderness hostels in the Rockies that are open through the winter, and with a wilderness season’s pass, you can stay at any of them as much as you want from November 1 to May 31, and get unlimited stays at HI Nordegg, Shunda Creek Hostel between Sundays and Thursdays.

Our season's pass has gone digital! Starting this year, when you purchase a wilderness season's pass, you'll be emailed your pass information. You won't receive a pass or confirmation in the mail. Please have this emailed information available upon check-in (printed or saved as a screenshot on your fully charged phone, as not all hostels have wifi or electricity).


  • Unlimited stays at nine HI wilderness hostels in the Rockies
  • Unlimited stays Sunday to Thursday at HI Nordegg


Previous Passholders Rate: $209 (incl. tax) Available Sept 1 - 30
Early Bird Rate: $229 (incl.  tax) Available Oct 1 – Oct 31
HI Members’ Rate: $269 (incl. tax) Available Nov 1 – May 31

To Purchase

  •  Through Central Reservations at 1.866.762.4122
  •  At any HI wilderness hostel in Alberta (starting November 1st)

To Reserve

  • Call Central Reservations at 1.866.762.4122
  • Please have your Season's Pass number ready
  • Reservations are required & subject to availability (winter hours may be in effect)


As part of its mission, Hostelling International provides safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation to travellers. The Wilderness Season's Pass is intended for outdoor enthusiasts who wish to explore and experience winter in the Alberta parks to its fullest extent. This pass is not valid for the accommodation of individuals working in the area.

Reservations accepted beginning three weeks prior to arrival | Photo ID is required & must be presented at check-in | Pass is valid for shared room accommodation only | Pass is non-transferable & non-refundable | Pass cannot be combined with other offers | Valid from November 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. | Blackout dates will apply this includes all holiday long weekends and December 20 - January 2, 2019.