HI Hilda Creek Wilderness Hostel
Banff National Park, Alberta
This is about as rustic as we go! HI Hilda Creek is unstaffed and way off the grid. Among the stunted trees of the upper subalpine, you'll be surrounded by mountain peaks, glaciers and icefields. Not for the faint of heart, a stay here requires knowledge of backcountry hut procedures and ethics.
- Perfect pit stop for Icefield Parkway cyclists
- Unmatched views from the subalpine
- Purely off-the-grid, no electricity or cell service
A glimpse of the hostel
This genuine backcountry experience is only 200 metres from the road at the foot of Parker Ridge and 8 km south of the Icefields Centre. Hiking in the summer and ski touring in the winter are literally right outside the door. This tiny gem only sleeps six, so it is perfect for a small group of friends.
The Hilda Creek Wilderness Hostel is our favourite property in the collection of hostels operated by Hostelling International because it only sleeps 6 and so we get a private mountain retreat every time we go.
HI Hilda Creek is the most rustic of all of Hostelling International’s Wilderness Hostels. Not only is there no running water or electricity, but there isn’t even any staff to check you in or help you out. Which means a bit of planning is called for.
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