Hostel in Nelson, Canada

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Get to know Nelson (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nelson. To help you make friends with Nelson before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Nelson is a town in the beautiful Kootenays region of southeastern British Columbia. The town has a nice historic look, with what you could describe as a hippie vibe, so it makes sense you would be able to find a hostel here. This is a great town in which to base yourself if you want to explore the great range of activities available in every season in this gorgeous area surrounded by mountains and lakes.

During winter you have two large ski resorts within an hour's drive -- Whitewater (which is only about fifteen minutes out of town and has a shuttle bus from Nelson) and Red Mountain near the town of Rossland -- as well as many cross-country ski trails and areas to go snowmobiling and snowshoeing. During summer you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy cycling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and golfing as well as many more activities and sightseeing tours. The longest free ferry in the world also goes just nearby across the Kootenay Lake.

There are a few options for hostels in Nelson, all of which are right in the town centre on Baker Street or Vernon Street. This means you are in a great location to soak up the laid-back nightlife, enjoy the many restaurants, and take an interest in the hippie lifestyle that runs through this town in the many organic stores and restaurants as well as enjoy the locally brewed Nelson Brewing Company Organic Beers. The Greyhound Bus stops in Nelson, but a little bit out of the main town, so keep this in mind when planning how to get to your Nelson hostel.

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FAQ about Nelson Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Nelson. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Nelson. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Your Packing List for Nelson

Your Packing List for Nelson

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Nelson and Canada.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Nelson Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Nelson, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$27 Average dorm price
$27 Cheapest hostel in Nelson
Dancing Bear Inn Hostel is the cheapest
8.8 Average rating of all hostels

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Silver Star (159 Km / 99 mi.)

Travel Tips for Nelson - 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 Nelson. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Nelson. 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!

Incredible town -- the hidden jewel of Canada. It's where we all want to live. Great restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and cool people. I'll be back in January to check out the skiing.


I am from Germany and I visited Nelson this year with my whole class for 2 months. It was the graetest time I ever had. Thank you. I really enjoyed the trip and love this small town. I live in Hamburg, that's a really big town, with 2 million people. So I hope I can visit Nelson again!!!

Julia Rünger

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