3 Best Hostels in Jasper National Park

While less than 5,000 people live in the small town of Jasper, each year 2.5 million tourists visit the behemoth that is Jasper National Park. Outdoor enthusiasts find themselves at home regardless of the season, with plenty of day hikes and multi-day treks to choose from in the warmer months and alpine and XC skiing in the winter. Maligne Lake, Marmot Basin ski resort, and the Icefields Parkway are just a few spots that make Jasper special.

With it being a relatively small town with lots of competition for accommodation among tourists and locals alike, your best bet is to book well before your visit. While there are several hotels in Jasper, hostels afford a unique experience. They’re generally more affordable than hotels and AirBnBs and are a great way to meet like-minded adventurous and nomadic travellers. In this entry of Budget Travel Plans, we highlight the three best hostels in Jasper.

HI Athabasca Falls

HI Athabasca Falls
HI Athabasca Falls
Address:Longitude: -117.87659
Latitude: 52.66084
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Phone:1 (866) 762-4122
Location score:9.6
Hostel World rating:9.5
Google rating:4.7
Shared dorm starting price:$34/night
Private family room starting price:$85/night

While not in the main village of Jasper, HI Athabasca Falls offers a unique experience in a wilderness setting. As this is a wilderness-style hostel, there is no running water or showers. It’s off-grid living without the tent, and there’s well water from mountain runoff, a beautiful kitchen, and a campfire.

You’ll be within walking distance from Athabasca Falls and have access to great hiking and XC skiing trails.

Insider tip: If you like multi-day hiking, book a permit at Amethyst Lake campground to take in incredible views of the Tonquin Valley. A two-day out-and-back to Amethyst Lake from the Portal Trailhead will take you through beautiful landscapes with wildflowers, mountains, caribou, and more. Portal Trailhead is about a 30-minute drive from HI Athabasca Falls. Be sure to pack some bear spray!

HI Jasper

HI Jasper
HI Jasper
Address:708 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0
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Phone:(587) 870-2395
Location score:9.2
Hostel World rating:9.3
Google rating:4.3
Shared dorm starting price:$39/night
Private room starting price:$101/night

HI Jasper is one of two hostels in the town of Jasper. HI Jasper is more of your traditional hostel compared to HI Athathabasca Falls. It has an on-site cafe, ski storage, WiFi, running water and showers, and even a sauna.

Like many other hostels in the HI family, HI Jasper offers a Work for Stay program. The program is excellent for those looking to barter a bed for their labour and earn extra money. Work for Stay is also a great option if you plan on living in Jasper for a season, as local accommodation can be hard to come by.

Insider tip: For an unforgettable day trip, head to Maligne Lake from HI Jasper. It’s about a 50-minute drive, door to door. The 22-km long lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. If you want to get out on the lake, there’s a canoe and kayak rental on the shoreline at Maligne Lake Boat House. Their prices start at $52 an hour.

Jasper Downtown Hostel

Jasper Downtown Hostel
Jasper Downtown Hostel
Address:400 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0
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Phone:(780) 852-2000
Location score:9.8
Hostel World rating:9.1
Google rating:4.5
Shared dorm starting price:$39/night
Private room starting price:$118/night

Jasper Downtown Hostel is the second of two hotels directly in the town of Jasper. It’s an excellent option if you want to be within walking distance of the town’s amenities, like grocery stores, restaurants, and bars.

The hostel is conveniently only a block from Jasper’s train and bus station. As for hostel amenities, Jasper Downtown Hostel has both dorm and private rooms, a sizeable kitchen, on-site laundry, and deals on lift tickets with Marmot Basin.

Insider tip: Pack your skis and head to Marmot Basin and take advantage of the hostel’s deals on lift tickets. The ski resort is a 20-25 minute drive from HI Jasper, and there are four parking lots at the mountain’s base. You’ll enjoy over 900 metres in vertical with tons of terrain, including bowls, trees and glades, and groomed runs. Pack some hand and toe warmers, as Marmot Basin can get quite cold.

Further Reading

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