8 Canadian hostels within walking distance of a brewery

October 04, 2019

Updated Mar 2024

The taps of Canadian breweries are overflowing. At the end of 2022 there were over 1,200 breweries across the country (1,224 to be exact), and as the search for local food and drink has become an essential part of experiencing a new place, sipping suds at the local brewery is now a must-do activity. We scoured Google Maps to find all the breweries that are more-or-less a 15-minute walk from hostels from Vancouver to St. John’s. So, if you’re feeling crafty-beery, you can run, bike or stroll over to one of these breweries during your hostel stay.

HI Vancouver Downtown, British Columbia

There's no shortage of craft breweries in Vancouver. With countless breweries scattered around, it's easily one of the best craft beer scenes in the country. You'll find everything from cozy little joints to hip brewpubs offering some seriously tasty and innovative brews. And hey, the scenery isn't too shabby either – sipping on a cold one with mountain views? Yes, please! HI Vancouver Downtown is only a 20-minute scenic walk along the Sea Wall to Stanley Park Brewing, and 10 minutes from Granville Island Brewing.

Want to venture a little further? It's only a 10-minute drive to the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, a hub for beer enthusiasts, with a vibrant collection of breweries, taprooms, and beer bars (and a pretty cool craft beer festival in the spring, too)!

HI Whistler, British Columbia

More than two million people visit this small alpine town for world-class skiing and snowboarding, so naturally, the apres-ski scene consists of great bars, breweries and restaurants. HI Whistler is an 18-minute walk from not one but two breweries. Sip the famous sour series at Coast Mountain Brewing, while Whistler Brewing Co. has been serving suds since 1989.

Canadian Breweries Near Hostel in Whistler

HI Quebec City, Quebec

Amongst the stone fortifications and centuries-old houses of Old Quebec, HI Quebec is a 20-minute scenic walk from two local breweries, both found in the trendy Saint-Roch neighbourhood. Korrigane, a dimly-lit brewpub serving up small-batch artisanal brews to locals and tourists alike, is a 19-minute walk away, while La Barberie, the province’s first co-op microbrewery, is 15 minutes from the hostel.

HI Charlottetown, PEI

While HI Charlottetown Backpackers Inn is set in a house on a quiet street, it's in the middle of all the action of Prince Edward Island’s historic capital city. After a day of exploring Province House and Confederation Centre for the Arts take the 18-minute stroll to Upstreet Craft Brewing for a flight of craft brews featuring taproom staples like Do Gooder APA or White Noize White IPA.

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HI Penticton, British Columbia

The town name of Penticton translates to “a place to stay forever” and with three breweries within a ten-minute walk of HI Penticton, you probably will want to. The town of Penticton is actually known for its early involvement in the craft brewery scene in Canada and you can stroll to Cannery Brewing on Ellis Street, which has been open since 2001, for a Naramata Nut Brown Ale. A five-minute walk will take you to the taps of Slackwater Brewing (the town’s newest brewery) and Neighbourhood Brewing is just around the corner.

HI Canmore, Alberta

That fresh mountain air pairs well with craft beer, and after a day on the slopes or hiking along the Bow River, Sheepdog Brewing is the place for a pint in Canmore. HI Canmore, Alpine Club of Canada sits on the outskirts of this mountain town and is a 16-minute scenic stroll from the brewery, where après-skiers down pints of Coconut Porter and Juicy Rumour New England Style IPA seven days a week

HI Halifax, Nova Scotia

HI Halifax is within walking distance of not one, but three local breweries in Halifax! A seven-minute walk along Lower Water Street brings you to the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which isn’t technically a craft brewery, but one of the oldest commercial breweries in the country and well worth a tour of its historic buildings. At Garrison Brewing, next door to Halifax Seaport Market and eight minutes from the hostel, you can mix their famous Nut Brown and Raspberry Wheat Ales together for their off-menu Peanut Butter Jelly Time, or walk a few minutes more up Barrington Street to sample award-winning craft beer at 2 Crows Brewing.

Canadian Hostels Within Walking Distance Of A Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia

HI St. John’s, Newfoundland

Canada’s most-easterly city is home to brightly-coloured houses, breathtaking ocean views and a burgeoning craft beer scene. Bannerman Brewing is housed in an old firehouse in downtown St. John’s and doubles as a café serving up lattes and cod tacos. The HI St. John’s on Gower Street is just around the corner from Bannerman Brewing, meaning beer is less than a two-minute walk from your bed.

HI Nanaimo, British Columbia

Vancouver Island’s gateway is home to the Nanaimo Bar Trail and a great craft beer scene. HI Nanaimo, Painted Turtle Guesthouse sits just a few minutes’ walk from the Gabriola Island ferry terminal and a seven-minute walk from White Sails Brewing, one of the town’s half dozen craft breweries. The brewery’s waterfront taproom features beer flights filled with west coast style beers named after local landmarks like Mount Benson IPA and Snake Island Cascadian Dark Ale.

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