Hostels in Ottawa, Canada

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Get to know Ottawa (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 Ottawa. To help you make friends with Ottawa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and it can be a very rewarding destination. If you cannot stand politics, then you have come to the wrong city. Parliament Hill is unmissable both as a landmark and photo opportunity. If you want to go inside, it is open for tours, climbing the Peace Tower, and observing Question Period in the House of Commons. Other national institutions like the Royal Canadian Mint also run tours. There are enough museums to fill a week. The Canadian War Museum is probably the most well known. The Canadian Museum of Civilization, across the river in Hull-Gatineau, Quebec, should also be high up on your list. Culture lovers should stop at the National Gallery and check to see if any concerts are on at the National Arts Centre.

While there are not too many Ottawa hostels to choose from, those that exist provide a wide range of possibilities -- there are some major differences in size, atmosphere, and clientele. Be sure to compare the hostels in Ottawa, so that you find the best fit for you. Location is another important factor, especially if you visit during the cold winter. It is much more comfortable to stay close to the places you want to see.

Whichever Ottawa hostel you end up staying at, ask for advice to help you see beyond the monumental city and check out the everyday urban life. A typical place to start is Byward Market. The city and surroundings are great for cycling and walking. One good place to do this is the river path system, from where there are ever changing views of the centre. Get out of town and visit Gatineau Park for a more natural experience. A good thing about winter is the chance to skate on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Written by local enthusiast for Ottawa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Ottawa hostels Jonathan A

FAQ about Ottawa Hostels

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

A hostel in Ottawa costs on average $35 for a dorm. A hostel in Ottawa with private rooms costs on average $94. shows all 4 Hostels in Ottawa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 4 hostels in Ottawa, Canada. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Ottawa such as
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Your Packing List for Ottawa

Your Packing List for Ottawa

Pack smart, not hard

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

Get your full Packing List here

Ottawa 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 Ottawa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
4 Total number of hostels
$35 Average dorm price
$94 Average private room price
$29 Cheapest hostel in Ottawa
Ottawa Backpackers Inn is the cheapest
6.4 Average rating of all hostels

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

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