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74 articles

11 summer activities that are quintessentially Canadian

Kick back on a patio with your SPF 50, crack a craft brew and read on.
June 22, 2022
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An Aussie's guide to driving in Canada

Just because you've driven in the land down under doesn't mean you're prepared for the great white north!
June 17, 2022
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History of a Hostel: HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre

Get to know the history of this iconic mountain hostel in Banff National Park
May 13, 2022
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Why everyone should festival alone

Found a festival with literally all of your favourite artists but can't find anyone to go with? Doesn't matter. Go anyway.
May 12, 2022
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22 in ’22: Summer festivals to visit across Canada

Festivals are BACK and we've rounded up our must-dos for the season.
May 09, 2022
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The best places in Canada for a working holiday

Canada is a big place! Discover our fav places to work, travel and live like a Canadian.

April 29, 2022
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Why you should stay at a hostel to start your Canadian working holiday

New friends, tons of activities, budget-friendly options and more. Start your working holiday at a hostel.

April 03, 2022
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Why is maple syrup such a big deal in Canada? We've got 29 reasons why

Uh, because it's magical tree juice that transforms into candy?

March 09, 2022
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Why April is the best time to ski in the Canadian Rockies

Think it's time to pack away your winter gear? Nah, the fun is just getting started.

March 07, 2022
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7 new and renovated hostels around the world ready for your next trip abroad

While travel has been on hold, these hostels have been busy updating their looks and opening up.

March 01, 2022
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Canadian Olympic legacies you can still experience in Vancouver, Whistler and Calgary

Stand where great things have happened, right here in Canada's host cities.

February 08, 2022
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11 weird winter activities you should think about trying this year

There's a whole lot more to winter fun than skiing and hockey.

January 10, 2022
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The best Canadian ski resorts with hostels nearby

Your next ski trip doesn't have to break the bank. Head to a ski hill with a hostel instead!

December 02, 2021
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A totally controversial guide to s'mores

There is no wrong way to make a s'more but there is definitely a right way

November 17, 2021
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The best international food markets in Canada for your global foodie fix

Find flavours from around the world in these international food markets, delis and shops in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax

June 01, 2021
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The best hostel private rooms in Canada

Not feeling dorms? What about a caboose? A cabin? A yurt?

May 28, 2021
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Raising adventurous kids through wilderness hostelling

One mom’s reflections on a decade of wilderness adventures with kids.

April 07, 2021
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HI Beauty Creek Wilderness Hostel receives funds to harness the sun

Thanks to your support, we’re now powered by even more sunshine

December 22, 2020
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20 optimistic and hopeful places you should visit (eventually)

After a year like this, focus on these mood-boosting places to visit around the world.

December 22, 2020
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Which classic Canadian animal are you?

Dig deep and find out which iconic creature you embody the most.

October 23, 2020
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I’m a Canadian “stuck” abroad right now, and here’s what I miss the most about home

Should I stay or should I go? This expat decided to stay in Ecuador but now that she can’t easily come home, nostalgia has set in.

September 25, 2020
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September is hands down the best month of the year in the Rockies

Just when you think summer is over...

August 26, 2020
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19 epiphanies you’ll have on your next Canadian road trip

Hit the road and discover a few undeniable truths about this country (and yourself)

August 24, 2020
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10 movies and shows that’ll make you want to go explore Canada

Need some inspiration for a staycation? Start here.

July 27, 2020
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10 places in Canada that’ll make you feel like you’re in another country

International travel is tough to do right now, but who needs it with these homegrown gems

June 26, 2020
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9 ways to visit the Canadian Rockies virtually right now

They look almost as good on a screen as they do in person. Almost.

May 13, 2020
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12 awesome Canadian places you can visit right now from home on your couch alone

It’s like regular travelling but you can pack way less.

March 27, 2020
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Editor’s note: What COVID-19 means to us at HI Canada

It’s not in our DNA to tell you to stay home, but now we’re doing it.

March 25, 2020
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Help bring solar power to HI Beauty Creek Wilderness Hostel in the Rockies

This little spot in the wilderness is in the running for an HI Sustainability Fund grant.

March 10, 2020
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Screw settling down, I’m going travelling instead

I don’t need the marriage-house-dog life. Not yet, not when there’s so much world to see.

February 11, 2020
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19 free or cheap things to do in Montreal

Discover a little bit of Euro living for less in la belle province.

January 23, 2020
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4 life lessons I learned as a cross-Canada tour guide

What happens when things go wrong and you’re the one in charge?

January 16, 2020
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What’s up with winter on Canada’s West Coast?

If you haven’t heard about Vancouver’s mild winters, you probably don’t know anyone who lives there.

January 10, 2020
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13 most Instagrammable places in Canada in winter

Capture Canada in all her wintery, shimmery, ‘grammable glory.

December 09, 2019
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13 free or cheap things to do in Jasper

Mountain life doesn’t have to be pricey

November 27, 2019
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10 cozy Canadian foods to try this winter

Warm yums for cold tums

November 04, 2019
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8 Canadian hostels within walking distance of a brewery

We did this very important research so you don’t have to.

October 04, 2019
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How to get a job in a hostel in Canada (and why you want to)

Insider tips for landing that travel #dreamjob

September 20, 2019
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13 free or cheap things you gotta do this fall in Canada

‘Cause I’m freeee, free-falling...

September 12, 2019
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8 Vancouver hikes you can get to without a car

No car? Wanna hike? Vancouver’s the kind of place where that doesn’t matter one bit.

September 09, 2019
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12 ways to squeeze every last drop out of summer, starting now

Is it too much to ask for summer to last forever?

August 20, 2019
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Q&A: Travelling Canada with Nomad Junkies

The nomadic bloggers tell us all about their road trip across the country.

July 22, 2019
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A local’s guide to Calgary

There’s more to Calgary than the Stampede

July 16, 2019
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Seven hikes to explore Canada’s East Coast

Stretch your legs in the Maritimes with on these scenic trails.

June 23, 2019
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12 free things for travellers in Canada

Enjoy these freebies from coast to coast.

May 27, 2019
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​A local’s guide to Jasper National Park​

These are the best things to do in Jasper.

May 14, 2019
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The best places in Canada to experience spring

Spring has sprung in these cities.

April 29, 2019
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The best small towns in Canada you'll want to visit

Travel off the beaten path.

February 15, 2019
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The world’s 14 most romantic destinations

A Valentine’s Day getaway awaits.

February 08, 2019
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Cannabis in Canada: What you need to know when travelling

Welcome to new Amsterdam.

January 26, 2019
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Don’t miss these 10 adventures in Manitoba this winter

There’s so much to do in this friendly prairie province.

December 17, 2018
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9 best places in Canada to visit in the winter

Embrace the snow in these magical destinations.

November 19, 2018
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11 essential things to pack for a Canadian adventure

Backpacking in Canada, eh?

October 09, 2018
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Biking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Cycling my way to confidence.

October 09, 2018
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Big tree hunting on Vancouver Island

Discover some of the world’s tallest trees on Canada’s west coast.

September 26, 2018
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19 things to do for free or cheap in Vancouver

One of Canada’s most expensive cities has a TON of free stuff to do.

July 17, 2018
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Hostelling in Canada is officially kind of a big deal

There’s a plaque. It’s official. We’ve made it.

June 27, 2018
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British Columbia is a wild swimmer’s paradise

Dip into some of BC’s most epic wilderness swimming spots.

June 20, 2018
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Exploring the Rockies without a car

You don’t need a car to explore this chunk of Canadian paradise.

April 12, 2018
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7 things Canadians have in common with Canada geese

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Canada geese might just be our long lost best friends.

March 25, 2018
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An Aussie's guide to speaking Canadian

Loonies and toonies and toques, oh my.

March 19, 2018
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Welcome to town: A new hostel for Jasper

There's a brand new hostel coming to Jasper, Alberta

February 28, 2018
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Cross-Canada by rail: All aboard The Canadian

There’s nothing quite like crossing Canada in a train.

February 20, 2018
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Love travels: What it’s like falling in love abroad and travelling as a couple

What happens when a Canadian and a Brit find love and hit the road?

February 12, 2018
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An Aussie’s guide to surviving winter in Canada

If an Aussie can adapt, so can you.

January 24, 2018
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8 things to do by moonlight in Jasper

You don’t want to miss the long winter nights up here.

January 22, 2018
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Canada: The epic vacation option you hadn't considered

Cheap, easy and… super close? Your big, beautiful backyard awaits!

November 20, 2017
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Totally untrue myths about Canada

Think Canada is all flannel and Celine Dion? It’s not! Well, not usually. But sometimes. Maybe.

November 15, 2017
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10 Truths You Should Know About Québec

Here are ten facts on Québec much more useful than Céline’s discography.

June 23, 2017
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The best spots to go snorkeling in Canada

It's not exactly tropical here, but there's still a ton to see under the sea.

June 16, 2017
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4 Options to Work, Travel and Explore Western Canada!

Leaving home for a few months is stressful enough. Here are some tips to make your arrival in Canada nice and smooth.

April 10, 2017
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The best things to do in Banff on a budget

You've heard about Banff, but come see for yourself what the hype is all about.

March 28, 2017
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21 free things to do in Toronto, even in the winter

No more excuses. You've got to see the city.

February 08, 2017
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How to French in Quebec

If you're planning on visiting Quebec soon, here's a guide on how to understand French in the region.

September 09, 2016
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