You are looking for hostels in Ontario? 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 Ontario 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 Ontario.
All Cities in Ontario
We list every single hostel in Ontario and the world. In total, we have 18 cities in Ontario 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 Ontario. 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.
Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Ontario
The province of Ontario is home to one of Canada's most popular cities, Toronto. This city has a little bit to offer everyone if you take the time to look for it. It's one of the most amazing cities that you will experience in the world during the summer months. However, during the winter, the whole city shuts down and goes into hibernation mode. There is an abundance of hostels the entire way around the city in all of the different hoods. Make sure you do your research about where it is that you want to be before booking your trip.
Ontario is also home to the capital city of the country, Ottawa. This city has a quaint charm about it and there is quite a lot to do here in the summer and there are plenty of hostels. During the winter, the Rideau Canal will often freeze over and you can skate down the length of it. It's also a city that is much closer to the mountains in Quebec if you are planning on any skiing in the eastern parts of Canada while you are here.
One of the most popular and stunning natural features in Ontario is the Algonquin Provincial Park. Many of the locals love to come camping and kayaking through this area during the summer months and there is an abundance of lakes and rivers for you to explore. Watch out for bears in this region too as they are quite a common sighting during certain times of the year.
Heading up north from Toronto, situated on Lake Huron is the popular Bruce Peninsula National Park which has some stunning lake views and rock formations around the area. The Bruce Trail is a great route to walk if you are an avid hiker and want to spend some more time through this area.
As you continue north, rest up in the small town of Sault Ste. Marie, known by locals as 'The Soo', before heading along through to your Thunder Bay hostel. Along the way, make sure that you take in the popular Wawa Goose, the statue of Winnie The Pooh at White River. You can also see the dedication to the amazing Canadian, Terry Fox, who ran from the most eastern point in Canada to just outside of Thunder Bay to raise money for cancer. There is a marker on the road of where he reached when they discovered his cancer had returned and he had to abandon his run. He eventually lost his battle with cancer, but became a national hero and inspiration to many Canadians who run every year in his name and honour.
Heading down south towards the United States border you will find the stunning Niagara Falls. There will be hostels that you can stay in here that are a small way off the main strip that you can base yourself from as you explore the falls. The falls are worth seeing, but after a day you'll probably be ready to move on to your next destination.
Handwritten by local expert for Ontario hostels Globetrotter
Travel Tips for Ontario - from the Community
Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Ontario. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Ontario. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
There are plenty of fun things to do in Ottawa, regardless of the time of year (though it's a little chilly for those who are used to warmer weather -- make sure to bundle up if you visit in the winter!). The ByWard Market has a lot of nice restaurants. The clothing shops in the Market are pretty expensive, so I'd …
Niagara Falls is very touristy, and there's not much to see asides from the main tourist strip. If you want to see the Falls, just one night, or even a day trip from Toronto is generally enough to get your fix of this place. There's the huge waterfall (you can take the Maid of the Mist boat right up close), and …
Wow! Algonquin Park is the best place to eat sleep party and play!!! If you ever get into some hard core camping, with serious scenery, go to Algonquin, it's worth the drive!
FAQ on Hostels in Ontario
There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
Finding Hostels and Prices
What hostel booking sites are best to use?
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.
How much are hostels in Ontario?
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 Ontario 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.
When to book hostels?
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.
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.
What to pack when staying in hostels?
There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.