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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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10 free (or almost free) festive events in Toronto

Get in the holiday spirit without spending a dime.

December 17, 2018
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The 10 best European cities for Christmas markets

Mulled wine and nutcrackers are just the beginning.

December 16, 2018
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How to stay in a hostel sober

You don’t have to drink and party to enjoy staying in hostels

November 25, 2018
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Hoi An, tailor-made paradise

Hoi An is the place to go in Southeast Asia to get the outfit of your dreams made to measure.

November 25, 2018
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10 best places in Canada to visit in the winter

Embrace the snow in these magical destinations.

November 19, 2018
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10 small things that make a backpacker’s day

May Saint Christopher bring you luck when you travel.

November 18, 2018
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10 tips for Canadians applying for a working holiday in Australia

The age limit on visas has been raised to 35, so there’s no better time to spend a year down under.

November 16, 2018
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How to take better travel photos on your phone

Capture memories, not things.

October 24, 2018
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10 ways to travel more sustainably

Environmentally friendly travel is possible.

October 19, 2018
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How a summer friendship unexpectedly led to my relocation to South America

I didn’t know it at the time, but meeting Mirella changed my life forever.

October 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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15 unique properties you won't believe are hostels

Koalas, steam baths and jumbo jets are just the start.

September 26, 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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Spending my birthday alone on a remote African island

Celebrating your birthday without anybody who cares is slightly bizarre.

September 25, 2018
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Why backpacking was good for my career

I came back with more than just memories.

September 20, 2018
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How to survive a very long commute

What’s two days on a train or bus when you’re prepared?

September 10, 2018
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A homebody's guide to travel

For someone who likes to stay at home, travelling can be scary.

August 24, 2018
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It starts with mint tea: learning to barter in Morocco

In Morocco, there are no set prices. Instead, goods are bartered over a hot cup of mint tea.

August 20, 2018
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How to travel with only a carry-on backpack

Never overpack again.

August 15, 2018
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How to not be a jerk to wildlife in Canada

They sure look cute and cuddly but they definitely have their etiquette rules.

July 24, 2018
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After being ghosted in Colombia, my hostel mates saved my trip

Sometimes everything's perfect until it’s not.

July 23, 2018
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14 conversations you always hear in every hostel

Nope, ‘What’s your name?’ isn’t one of them.

July 20, 2018
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10 reasons HI Griffon Aventure is the ultimate road trip destination

Still haven’t been to Gaspésie? Here are all the excuses you need to go now.

July 17, 2018
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19 things to do for free 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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Newfoundland's land of perfect days

Get to know the Trinity region on the Bonavista Peninsula

June 27, 2018
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12 songs Canadians will always dance to in another country

At home they don't faze you. On the other side of the world? Let's dance.

June 22, 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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Travels with my dad

Hitting the road with your 63-year-old pops—what could go wrong?

June 13, 2018
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Canada’s summer-only hostels: check ‘em out while you can

Our summertime hostels are open again in some of Canada’s best hot spots.

May 28, 2018
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Where to catch free festival performances across Canada this summer

Eleven amazing fests you don’t have to pay for.

May 28, 2018
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19 signs you’ve been travelling too long

Forgot your home address but have your passport number memorized? It might be time to go home.

May 23, 2018
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Why you should stick with hostels in your 30s

Backpacking isn’t just for 20-somethings anymore.

May 10, 2018
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An ode to the moms who let us travel

It means so much when mom says go when she wants you to stay.

May 10, 2018
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HI heads to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery

HI hostel managers from across North America recently descended on Puerto Rico with helping hands.

April 26, 2018
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Need travel funds? Apply for a travel grant

HI Canada helps support and fund conscious travel among Canadian youth.

April 23, 2018
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Shoulder deep in a Scottish sheep farm

When the pull of adventure and lamb season collide in rural Scotland.

April 20, 2018
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20 struggles every traveller faces when they come home

Who knew coming home could be so hard?

April 13, 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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Travel taught me how to be alone

I was the most alone I had ever been. And thus, according to my own definition, I was a loser.

March 26, 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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5 things to do by moonlight in Mont Tremblant

Get out and enjoy evenings under the moon in Quebec’s favourite mountain town.

March 06, 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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11 signs it’s your first time in a hostel

Not quite sure how the whole shared room thing works? Yeah, we can tell.

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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After a bad breakup, travel healed my broken heart

Sometimes the best thing you can do after a breakup involves going far, far away.

February 09, 2018
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A global guide to public displays of affection

We don't all canoodle the same way.

February 05, 2018
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The snow-lover’s guide to doing winter right in Canmore

There’s a lot to love about Banff’s lesser-known next-door neighbour.

January 25, 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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The ‘Gunya

Taken down by a mosquito in Nicaragua, Lena learns a thing or two about strength.

January 16, 2018
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What to do when you’re the only person at your hostel

Sometimes it happens. And yes, it’s weird. And yes, it’s awesome.

January 08, 2018
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5 reasons digital nomads love hostels

Figured out how to take your work on the road? Your own Google Campus awaits.

January 02, 2018
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10 hostels you’re gonna want to check out in 2018

Need some inspo for your 2018 travel bucket list? We’ve got heaps of it.

December 22, 2017
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Go beyond the gates: 10 free or almost free must-dos in Quebec City

There's no doubt that Old Québec is stunning, but there's so much more to the capital than what's inside the gates.

December 19, 2017
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7 bunkmates you hope to avoid when you open your hostel room door

Every night can’t be the best night ever, and these people are usually why.

December 18, 2017
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Holidays in a hostel: best Christmas ever?

Hostels and holidays can (and should!) mix.

December 13, 2017
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How to travel like a badass

Travel definitely leaves a mark on us… sometimes literally.

December 04, 2017
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Why everyone should travel a ton in their 20s

Not sure if you should take the leap and go travel? Spoiler: yep, you really, really should.

November 22, 2017
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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 (that are sometimes maybe a bit true)

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

November 15, 2017
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9 reasons the Rockies are way better in the winter

Sorry, bears: you snooze you lose.

October 02, 2017
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5 Ways to Get all up in Canada’s Fall Colours

Ready to embrace fall in all its cozy and colourful glory? Here’s where to do it.

September 19, 2017
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5 ways hostels make the world a better place

When young people come together from all around the world under the same roof, you can’t help but start to appreciate our similarities and differences. Here’s how hostels do it.

September 18, 2017
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The Best Grilled Cheeses in Montreal

Whether you’re a grilled cheese purist or prefer a more experimental approach, Montreal’s got the gooey good

September 12, 2017
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Get to Know BC’s Hidden Mountain Bike Meccas

Whistler, shmistler. If you want some of the West Coast’s best mountain biking, here’s where you gotta go.
September 01, 2017
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Bake Your Cake and Get Paid for it, too: Mastering the Working Holiday

With a bit of paperwork and a lot of perseverance, here’s how you can ace your Aussie working holiday

August 28, 2017
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Cast off in Gaspésie : Mackerel Fishing at HI Anse-au-Griffon

Fishing has long been a huge part of Gaspésie, one of the most beautiful regions in the world. You can't get much more Gaspé than heading out into the St. Lawrence on your very own fishing adventure. 

August 21, 2017
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24 hours in Osaka

Here’s a guide that is sure to keep your day and your belly full. 

August 11, 2017
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Animal-Lovers, Here's a Little Guide to Canada's Wildlife

Here are some of the cute little (and not so little) creatures you might spot during your trip across Canada. 

July 31, 2017
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Go veggie: 10 must-try vegetarian restaurants across the country

You don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy an amazing meatless meal. Here are 10 spots that will definitely hit the right spot. 

July 20, 2017
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A Canadian Biking Adventure: Our Top 5 Cycling Routes

Exceptional cycling routes that will show you way more than any highway ever could.

July 14, 2017
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The Best Rock Climbing Spots Around Our Hostels

Get your daily dose of adrenaline by hitting some of Canada's best rock walls and feel like Alex Honnold for a day. 

June 30, 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 Snorkelling in Canada

Canada has some of the most incredible snorkelling experiences in the world. Really. I couldn't keep all this info to myself. So here it goes! Heads up, this is not your typical colourful, warm water, little fishies underwater promenade. But you will see, it’s just as unforgettable and unique.

June 16, 2017
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Shimokitazawa (or hipster) Tokyo

Here are some discoveries made during a day wandering the winding streets of this trendy and charming 'hood in the heart Tokyo.

June 08, 2017
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5 Canadian Beach Hostels You Should Visit This Summer

Summer is the perfect season to plan a trip across the country, so we’d like to ass a few spots to your bucket list and challenge you to go before the snow begins to fall again.

June 02, 2017
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We Are With Nature

If you love nature as much as we do, you'll want to learn more about World Environment Day, a perfect opportunity to get outside and make a difference. #WorldEnvironmentDay

May 26, 2017
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Tinder on the road? Here's why I swipe right

While apps are great for meeting other travellers, they are just as great for meeting locals you never would’ve met otherwise. 

May 26, 2017
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Five travel scams I always avoid, and the one that got me

A big part of travelling is keeping your eyes open and your wits about you. But even the smartest travellers get caught sometimes.

April 30, 2017
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What NOT to pack when backpacking

 Follow our tips to avoid overpacking for your next trip!

April 18, 2017
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Far West: A guide to the best spots on Vancouver Island

Head west—far west—to visit some of the best BC has to offer and explore Vancouver Island.

April 18, 2017
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Today's Special: Mystery in Kyoto

An illustrated look at the hidden restaurants along Kyoto's Kamo River

April 13, 2017
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Five unreal and unexpected surfing destinations around the world

As travelers, we’re always looking for new and exciting experiences, so try taking a chance and steer clear from the cliché spots. You might find something wonderful. 

April 10, 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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A beginner's guide to hostelling : what to pack and what to do

Firsts are full of both kinds of surprises, good ones and less good ones. To help you experience fewer of these last ones, I whipped up the below pieces of wisdom.

April 06, 2017
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Five incredible Berlin neighborhoods

The German capital has a fascinating story and a unique vibe.

April 04, 2017
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The Australian Slang Guide

Australian slang you'll probably hear while travelling or if you take a trip to the Land Down Under.

March 29, 2017
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Banff on a Budget

You've all heard about it. If not, you've got to visit Banff and LIVE THE DREAM.

March 28, 2017
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Great Canadian Road Trip Tips

Nothing but the wide-open road and an entire country to explore. Get ready for your next road trip in Canada.

March 28, 2017
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Finding Love in a Land of Fire and Ice

This was it. I was in Iceland. This trip would make me the most carefree and happy I have ever been.

March 28, 2017
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The best places to get coffee 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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One Pint To Another: A Journey Of Beer Across Canada

It’s impossible to describe the taste of beer from microbreweries that bring the art of beer to new heights. You must go to meet these exceptional brewers, discover products that make traveling and the places and people that have inspired all their names fun and creative. Cheers!

March 27, 2017
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Travel and Gender: thoughts from a non-heterosexual and non-cisgender traveller

"That gender is as pertinent in the world as it is infuriates me, but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored" 

March 22, 2017
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Getting Ready for the Roadtrip of a Lifetime in Gaspésie

There are some legendary road trips to take, like crossing Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, or taking Route 66 to California. Then there are those road trips that turn out to be ‘the best,’ surpassing your expectations. And one of those, my road-tripping friends, is at the end of Highway 132—the Gaspé Peninsula.

March 20, 2017
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12 podcasts for your next road trip

Planning a road trip this summer? These are the podcasts you'll want to download in advance and listen to while you drive.

March 13, 2017
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23 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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Winter Weekend at Trois-Rivières

Underestimated for too long, Trois-Rivières has now grown into a road-trip destination of its own. 

January 27, 2017
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2016 in 12 shots by (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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A Week in the Shoes of a Hostel Manager from HI Montreal

Have you ever wondered what is it like to run a hostel? Or if you'd be able to do it yourself? We don't mean to burst your bubble, but hostels don’t happen with just the snap of a finger! 

December 09, 2016
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7 Quick and Cheap Hostel Meals

We often run short on time and money when traveling, but that’s no reason to get out of habit and lose taste for good things.

November 17, 2016
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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.

September 27, 2016
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How to French in Quebec

If ever you're planning on visiting the Quebec region soon (or if you're simply curious) here is our small all equipped guide on how to understand their french. Enjoy!

September 09, 2016
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10 Basic Rules of Hostel Etiquette

Staying in hostels has so many advantages, starting with the savings and the chance to meet amazing people. But living with strangers 24/7 can also be a challenge. Here is a quick how-to guide to hostels.

August 19, 2016
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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.

August 08, 2016
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The Ultimate Guide to Road Trips in Quebec

Perfect road trips ideas for a short getaway, or weekend away from the hustle and bustle of Montréal.

June 22, 2016
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Whistler on a budget - yes really!

It's possible to visit Whistler without breaking your piggy bank.

January 06, 2016
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