Canada is a top destination for backpackers, and Vancouver is easily the most popular city in the country for the budget traveller. With great weather, a huge range of activities, and a welcoming attitude, Vancouver is a fantastic choice – and it has an excellent selection of backpacking hostels to match.
Same Sun Vancouver, Granville St
The Same Sun hostel is situated right in the middle of Downtown, and offers easy access to the pubs and niteclubs nearby. With an in-house bar and very reasonable prices, it’s a great choice for backpackers who like to party all night without breaking the bank.
Cambie Hostel, Seymour St
For those looking for a slower pace, the Cambie Hostel is a better choice. This smaller hostel has plenty of discounts and is situated only a block from the Granville Skytrain station, giving very ready access to the greater Vancouver area. The complimentary breakfast is muffins only, however, so be prepared to shop a little!
Hostelling International, Burnaby St
This excellent hostel is situated near Davie St, one of the city’s most vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods, and boasts a rooftop patio and library. It’s a little more expensive than other hostels, and makes for a more upscale experience for backpackers willing to splurge a bit.
YWCA Hotel, Beatty St
This hotel is a must for real sports fans, being only a block away from the Rogers Arena and the BC Place Stadium. Staying here will also give you access to the nearby YWCA health and fitness facilities. Its price puts it close to the budget hotel range rather than a hostel, but its air-conditioning, TV and mini fridges in every room could be worth the extra expense.
C&N Backpackers Hostel, Main St
For the extremely budget-conscious traveller, this hostel should be top of the list of possible places to stay in Vancouver. The heart of Downtown is a 20-minute walk away, but with a bed in a dorm room starting at only $18, the location shouldn’t be that much of a problem.
Chris Garrett is a freelance blogger who writes for Love Cruise, a UK based cruise website.