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Vancouver is a backpacker's paradise: large city, small carbon footprint, ocean access, and plenty of things to do! And there are plenty of Vancouver hostels as well. You’re bound to meet plenty of people in a city with a population of about 600,000. Although it’s already one of the “greenest” cities in North America, Vancouver is working hard with a goal is to be titled the “Greenest City” within the next few years.
There are many points of interest in Vancouver. You can see the site where the 2010 Winter Olympic Games were held. Vancouver is conveniently placed between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, so you have the option to hike or spend a day at the beach. Vancouver is also affectionately nicknamed “Hollywood North” because so many movies and television shows are shot here, as well as the fact that so many theaters and film festivals take place. So whether you’re a film buff or a movie fanatic, you’re likely to find a theater or set that you’ll love to visit. Other attractions include the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For nightlife, check out Granville Street and other places downtown.
Because it is a large city, Vancouver is an easy place for a backpacker to get around. Choose to travel by the Vancouver International Airport, SkyTrain, SeaBus (a ferry service), Amtrak, or Highway 1. No matter where you go in Vancouver, you’re guaranteed to find an excellent hostel nearby, especially in the downtown area.
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HI - Vancouver - Jericho Beach Hostel
"For $1.50 a night it was a great place to spend the summer in 1975 - This was a wonderful place to hang my had for the summer of 1975. Lots of music, nights sleeping under the stars on the beach, hot showers and breakfast all included if you chose to wash dishes. When we didn't have the $1.50 for the bed we just bunked down under the trees across the street for days at a time. There was about 30-40 hippies that hung out there that summer and...
Cambie Hostel Downtown
"Return trip - We stayed here twice, once with no planning, just walked in and then second time after returning from exploring the Rockys. We stayed in a twin room (which was a bunk bed) both times and were very happy with our stay. Always clean, nice kitchen and bathrooms. Laundry to use. Reliable internet. Not really any communal areas to chill out and meet others but it is right about two pubs so I guess that's where you're meant to hang...
Cambie Hostel Gastown
"Cambie Hostel, located in the Gastown district of downtown Vancouver, is a great social hub and loads of fun! The Location The hostel is close to grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and all amenities that you may require while staying in Vancouver. The rooms in the hostel are located on the first and second floor above a pub, which gives the hostel an extremely social environment. If you are looking for a great party hostel, this is...
SameSun Backpacker Lodge - Vancouver
"SameSun Backpacker Lodge - Vancouver is a large, animated hostel; centrally located; and it is perfect if you're just looking for a bed to crash after a night out, or people to get drunk with. The Location The hostel is easily accessible from the airport, by Skytrain, and then a three-block walk. The hostel itself is very easy to find, as there is a large sign visible from far away. Downtown Vancouver is not the cleanest, most...
C&N Backpackers Hostel Vancouver - 927 Main Street
Downtown Train Station
"C&N Backpackers Hostel Vancouver - 927 Main Street is one of the most economical choices in Vancouver, Canada. Though the building is old and the neighborhood a little sketchy, it's a decent place to stay. The Location C&N Hostel 927 Main and its counterpart across the street are very convenient to the main train and bus station in Vancouver. With your back to the station, walk right on Main Street, the road in front of the station....
C&N Backpackers Hostel Vancouver - 1038 Main Street
Downtown Train Station
"C&N Backpackers Hostel Vancouver - 1038 Main Street is no frills but is one of the cheapest options in Vancouver and is clean and comfortable. The Location The old Ivanhoe Hotel, now known as C&N Backpackers Hostel Vancouver, is located right across the road from the main bus station and train station and only a five-minute walk from Chinatown. If you want to get to the heart of downtown Vancouver, you can take the skytrain for a small...
HI - Vancouver Central Hostel
"HI - Vancouver Central Hostel is a fun and social Hostelling International Hostel right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The Location The Hostel is located at 1025 Granville Street, which is a great location, as you are within walking distance to many of Vancouver’s attractions, as well as having many options for shopping, restaurants, and bars just minutes away. A SkyTrain stop is also just a five-minute walk away, giving you access...
HI - Vancouver Downtown Hostel
"One of three great Hosteling International Vancouver hostels, HI - Vancouver Downtown Hostel is a friendly and welcoming place for guests both young and old. The hostel organizes clubbing nights as well as hockey nights when the Vancouver Canucks are playing, although it caters to a wider audience and isn’t for serious partiers. It's not uncommon to find guests staying here who are looking for jobs and hoping to settle in Vancouver long-term....
Urban Hideway Guesthouse
"I am reluctant to be honest here, because I'm afraid telling you what I really think will mean I'll never be able to get a reservation in this place in the future because it will be all booked up. This is a little piece of heaven in downtown Vancouver. From the moment you step through the yellow glass and wrought iron front door, you are home. The building was erected in 1896 and was originally a residence for nuns. Later it was used by...
Vancouver Backpacker House
"Friendly staff, great neighbourhood and location, nice house - Locations was perfect, close to Skytrain, close to Metropolis Mall, I couldn't ask for a better location to access any part of Vancouver. Staff is very friendly, helpful, professional. Any issue was handled professionally and staff offered as much help as they could. Other guests within the hostel were friendly, accommodating, and honest. Everyone would greet other in the morning...
C&N Backpackers Hostel
"… eastern end of False Creek, across the street of the future Olympic game openening ceremony we are surrounded by luxurious condos and are within walking distance of business, entertainment and recreational amenities such as public tennis courts, shore-line cycling, and scenic walking paths.The Hostel is one block north of the Main Street/Science World Skytrain Station. City Buses #3 and #16 stop right across the street from...
C&N Central Station Hostel
"… Vancouver destination accessible to you. Every room in the Central Station Hostel has a sink, refrigerator and cable television. The rooms are newly renovated, including new furniture; they are spacious, bright and sunny, with views overlooking False Creek, the Olympic village, Thornton Park, and the North Shore Mountains. The hostel is ideal for individual travelers as well as groups.The Central station Hostel offers...
American Backpackers Hostel
"American Backpackers Hostel is the cheapest hostel you'll find in Vancouver -- maybe even in the whole of Canada! If you need a very cheap bed to sleep in a good location, and no extras, this is the place to go. The Location The hostel is located near Gas Town, the old part of the city. It is a very popular area with shops, bars, and restaurants just around the corner, and everything is within walking distance. The waterfront with...
Pacific Spirit Hostel at UBC
University of British Columbia
"Pacific Spirit is a seasonal hostel open May through the middle of August. The rooms are either with one bed or two, complete with bedding, desk and chair, solid doors with excellent locks, big mirrors, lots of closets, and they each have an opening window with a view. The common spaces on each floor have televisions, fridge, and microwave, and there are washers and dryers. Central toilets and showers have quality fixtures and are well lit....
"Located on a quiet street in North Vancouver, five blocks from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus, 15 minutes from downtown VancouverIt has unique British Columbia Canadian furnishings. It also has attractive daily and weekly rates and longer term guests are welcome. Ellison House is centrally located in an attractive setting.Please, note that we do NOT accept CHILDREN." … "We are located on a quiet street in North Vancouver, five blocks...
Budget Inn Patricia Hotel
"This hostel is just a few blocks from the worst part of town — there's no reason to stay in this area. I'm a local, and although this part is more industrial and less seedy, I would suggest more interesting places to stay." … "… accommodations and budget rates! Located on the edge of the downtown core, guests are only 1 block from Chinatown, 5 blocks from historic Gastown and enjoy easy access to shopping, dining,...
"Quality for the budget minded - Excellent location. Small but comfortable rooms. Well cared for. Bargain rates for the location. Groceries and a variety of dining close by. We shared a toilet/shower with another room but hardly noticed the adjacent guests. Would happily stay again." … "I planned to spend 2 days at YWCA Hotel, and wound up staying a third. The other reviews I had read suggested that it might be worth giving a try, even...
St. Clair Hotel & Hostel
"Very helpful staff - I stayed here for one night in late June. The hostel was nearly full, only female rooms available. They let me stay anyway, accommodating me in the common room which they closed just for me. The staff were fantastic. I'm grateful to them for letting me stay when I was desperate for a bed." … "Ok." … "I stayed here for a month and it was very quiet except for sunday mornings when the cathedral across the...
Days Inn Hotel Downtown
"… and other touches of West Coast hospitality will ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Discover the Chelsea Restaurant & Lounge. We believe it is Vancouver's best kept secret when it comes to hotel dining for breakfast and lunch. A casual setting with reasonable prices. Relax in our lounge surrounded by your favourite sports stars as you watch our flat-screen TVs. ** PLease note: In addition to the Rates and...
"… value, affordable rates, saving you money to enjoy this wonderful city and all that it has to offer. Experience Vancouver from within. Amenities include: • Private electronic security safes. • In-room refrigerator. • In-room television. • Cotton Sateen Bedding. • Large-screen plasma TV lounge. • High-speed wireless Internet access. • Wi-fi Internet Lounge. • Guest Laundry Facilities. • Common Area Guest Kitchen. • Share Washrooms...
Grouse Inn Vancouver
"You will find the Grouse Inn North Vancouver hotel to be just minutes from such attractions as Cypress mountain skiing, Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Park Royal shopping center, Capilano shopping center, and the historical Stanley Park. Grouse Inn is also situated near exceptional boutique stores, small village shopping centers, fine dining restaurants and also of course downtown Vancouver 10 minutes away across the Lions...
Super 8 Vancouver
"… entertainment, and various activities. Enjoy Vancouver airport accommodations at a 3.5 star, full service hotel located in South Vancouver's Industrial district. We are only ten minutes away from the Vancouver International Airport and fifteen minutes from downtown, the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre, BC Place Stadium, General Motors Place and other tourist attractions. We at the Vancouver Airport, know it is often the...
Lions Gate Travelodge
"Hotel Overview Amenities: Free High Speed Wireless Internet Free On-site Parking Free Local Telephone Calls Refrigerators in Some Rooms Iron/Ironing Board in Every Room Microwave in Some Rooms Voice mail Hotel Facilities: Season Outdoor Pool Several Restaurants Adjacent Pet Friendly Rooms Available Truck/Bus Parking Dining: Denny’s 24 Hour Restaurant (on-site) Earl’s Tin Palace Adjacent Pho’99 Vietnamese Noodle House...
Best Western Plus Vancouver Uptown Hotel
"… Breakfast Safety deposit boxes available at the front desk Free wireless High-Speed Internet access available in all guest rooms and hotel lobby Business Centre Complimentary Underground Parking: space is limited and parking is not guaranteed for any guest 24 hour front desk Free local calls and long distance access Restaurant room services available from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Same day dry cleaning service available (additional...
North Vancouver Hotel
"… exceptional shopping, fine dining and Downtown Vancouver. Families and business travelers will enjoy the North Vancouver Hotel deluxe complimentary breakfast; free parking, local phone calls, wire and wireless internet access, and passes to Fitness World. The guest room have recently been renovated offering all the comforts of home. Many of our rooms include full and partial kitchens along with one bedroom suites, ideal for the...
Days Inn Vancouver Metro
"… Metro your ideal choice for reliable accommodation. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, we are sure to meet all your needs. We are an AAA/CAA approved accommodation and have a 3.5 Star Canada Select rating. After a busy day relax in your clean, comfortable guest room. Choose from rooms with either one queen size bed, two double beds or two queen beds. In some rooms smoking is permitted. We also offer family suites...
AAE Vancouver Ramada
"… from 5AM-11PM. Just call us when you arrive! We also provide a free business center and computer use in case you need to print any documents. Free parking is also available for all guests. Tax is not included in rates and are 15%. 24 Hour cancellation policy Please note: Check in time: 3pm Check out time: 11am Reception is open 24 hours. 48 hours cancellation policy All cancellations must be sent via email 24 hours...
Best Western Hotel Downtown Vancouver
"… for guests, the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus drop-off service is available for a day of sightseeing and excitement on the town. Available on-demand to any Downtown Vancouver destination, take advantage of this service to get to Canada Place to start your cruise, Yaletown for dinner, Rogers Arena for a concert, St. Paul's Hospital and much more! A complimentary bicycle service is also available for an eco-friendly, safe and...
"… and complimentary coffee in the lobby. You may recognize our property as it is a favourite location for television and film. Supernatural, X-Files, Millennium and The Sentinel to name a few have all filmed here. The 2400 is a rare place of shared memories. We are a home-away from home for many travelers and we have loyal guests who repeatedly return to stay with us. We are part of Vancouver's history and when you visit...
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Vancouver Travel Tips & Suggestions
Vancouver is a great place to visit. It's a big city with lots to do, and relatively easy to traverse. Take full advantage of the SkyTrain and the city bus, and rent a bike. It was no problem to get all around Vancouver via public transit. Driving isn't too difficult, but there's no reason to use a car unless you plan to go hiking deep in the country. The nearby nature parks have transit connections, like Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. The best thing to do is to wander around downtown, because there's so many parks, shops and restaurants to explore. Walk around the seawall for good views and picture taking. The Asian restaurants are phenomenal, and I'd highly recommend going to one of the summer night markets for food and souvenirs.
Let's be really honest about Vancouver ... it's a city where there is still chance to get a job because it's not so crowded. When in the future there will be a long queue of unemployed skilled or not skilled people applying for every single job, then everybody will see Vancouver for what it is honestly. Canada enjoys a good economy in this moment because it is not a nice country and it is not a crowded country -- it is so big compared to European and Asian countries, with a small population, so obviously there must be more jobs, but the Canadians will try to convince you that the reason for this is that the Canadian economy is strong and modern and developed and efficient and hardworking. The reality is just that in some time Vancouver will be an ugly, northern, rainy, gray city that has nothing more to offer than every other west coast city but with worse weather.
Before coming to Vancouver I have read every year in the newspaper that it's one of the best places to live on earth thanks to its mild climate and high quality of life and scenery and so on, so I moved here to see with my eyes this wonderful place and I found it without culture and without history, weather is like in London, grey sky and very often raining. Its people seem to me the coldest you can find across Canada -- no architecture, it's more like a big shopping mall and it's not a happy place. It looks like a downtown made of skyscrapers (and lot of homeless people) surrounded by an everlasting, flat, anonymous suburb that feels dangerous after dark in most of it. Is that the best you can find in the world? I don't think so. Probably the reasons why so many people talk good about Vancouver are "cold" reasons --if you get a highly skilled job, you are paid well, I guess. The air is not polluted for a city. The view in waterfront area is ok (nothing special but better than seeing dirty factories). The crime rate is lower than U.S. cities. You are close to national parks (where by the way you don't feel safe to walk around because of bears). Apart from this, it's a poor city without soul and without character compared to east coast cities and to all the cities of the world in general (that usually are made of different neighborhoods with different character each). Finally I've heard that a old wooden house in suburbs can cost easily 1 million canadian dollars -- lovely place, isn't it?
It is beautiful, but the beauty is only surface deep. There's an unusually high amount of street people, and you just expect more from a first world country that apparently has social security. Life isn't that easy there -- there's beautiful mansions in waterfront areas and breathtaking beauty, but at the same time an underlying sense of depression.
— Ven Wilder
Vancouver is where the Canadian dream has gone to die. It is a dignified and peaceful sort of hospice, with nice views and good air, this much is true. It does not change the essential character of the place though -- depressing and too cool for school. There are moments of absolute end-of-the-line poverty punctuated by confusing ultra-wealth everywhere. Shallow beauty is the other theme. You would be a liar to deny the beauty, but it is the same sort of beauty a well-made assault rifle has.
— Jonathan Sugerman
Vancouver has got to be one of the best cities on earth. Too many people stop here for just a few days on the way to other places -- give yourself a little longer here and you won't want to leave. The best thing I did here was a speedboat trip up Indian Arm from Deep Cove on the North Shore -- get six other people interested and it works out at only $25 to $30 each including bus fare for three hours rental of a seven-man boat, plenty of time to get to the top and back with stops to look at stuff. Also make sure you climb up Grouse mountain, the views from the top are incredible and you can get a bus right to the bottom of the trail. It's quite a climb but I've seen everyone from five year old kids to grandparents climb up, and you can get the cable car back down for $5.
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