You are looking for hostels in Alberta? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Alberta hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Alberta.
We list every single hostel in Alberta and the world. In total, we have 9 cities in Alberta for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Alberta. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Alberta is one of the most popular and most beautiful of all of Canada's provinces, and once you set foot into the Rocky Mountains, it isn't hard to see why. There are endless things that you can do here in the mountains in both winter and summer. Some of the more remote hostels will close down over the winter months, but you will still find hostels open in the major towns and cities. So just make sure you double check with the hostel before you go in winter.
Banff National Park is the most popular of Canada's national parks and you will find heaps of hiking and skiing to do here. There are several hostels in Banff, the quaint town has some really cute shops, and the night life here is really happening. You can head to the popular Lake Louise on a day trip or Lake Moraine. The bus tickets to get here from Banff can be very expensive so budget for it or make sure you book your Greyhound ticket well in advance to get the discount.
Up north is Jasper National Park. It is way more serene and quiet, but you will find some hostels with nearby incredible hiking and lakes. To explore either of these regions, it's best to hire a car. The drive from Banff up through to Jasper is one of the most spectacular drives and is not to be missed. Other national parks to visit around the area that are less popular but still stunning are the Waterton National Park and Yoho National Park.
The two major cities in Alberta are Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary is the heart of Alberta and the business centre. It is also home to the world's largest rodeo in the Calgary Stampede which happens every year rain, hail or shine in July. Calgary was also home to the winter Olympics in 1988 and has a great Olympic Park you can visit that houses the famous Jamaican bob sled from the movie Cool Runnings. Calgary has less hostels than you might expect, so it's a good idea to book in advance. Edmonton is a more lazy town, and while there is not a great deal to do here, it is home to the largest mall in north America and is home to some amazing music festivals during the summer.
From Calgary, you can go and visit places like Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump. However there are no hostels around these areas, they are better done as a day trip with a car from Calgary. Cars here are not too expensive to hire if you go with one of the cheaper companies like Budget. If you can find some people in your hostel to go with it will cut your cost down substantially and allow you to make the most of travelling around Alberta.
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Alberta here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.
There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.
There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.