Back to Basics at Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel in Jasper National Park

Back to nature, back to basics. That’s what a trip to Jasper National Park is about. That’s why people visit.

Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel delivers on the promise of the rustic, back to nature hostel experience. And for under $30 a night per person, it is one of the cheapest ways to spend the night in Jasper National Park – for those willing to go without the conveniences of hotels but want more comfort than tent camping.

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For a cheap, camp-style hostel experience, Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel in Jasper National Park has the essentials – a bed and a place to eat. The HI-Athabasca Falls hostel is part of Hostellers International and consists of 3 dorm room cabins full of bunk beds (dorms of 16, 12, and 10 beds). A main community-use cabin has cooking, dining and relaxation areas where you can relax and put your feet up at the end of a long day of hiking or sightseeing in Jasper National Park.


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The hostel is located 32 km south of Jasper townsite on the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). It is 200 meters south of the Athabasca Falls entrance.


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The hostel is in a convenient central location for seeing all of Jasper National Park and even a day trip to Banff National Park is possible. The closest top attractions are Athabasca Falls (hence the name “Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel”) and the Jasper Tramway.

athabasca fals hostel (1)Running water? Well, kind of. Running water consists of a well where you can pump all the water you need, as the hostelers pictured are doing. There are no showers at Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel – a good reason to combine a visit here with a day trip to Miette Hot Springs (Miette Hot Springs has swimming/bathing facilities).

Oh, wait, I forgot to mention the outhouses. There are 2 at the hostel. Boys and girls.

The hostel’s location is convenient for hiking, located right near Fryatt Valley and Athabasca Pass. The Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel makes it easy for hikers to spend the day hiking without having to set-up a camp or carry a heavy backpack with camping gear while hiking.

Sasha, the manager of this Jasper Hostel, gives a great personal tour of the rustic Canadian Rockies hostel in this 5 1/2 minute video shot in March during the snow-covered grounds of winter.

Be aware that the hours are not like a typical hotel and may be closed during the day. Learn about the details of staying at this Jasper National Park hostel and how to make reservations at the Hostelling International Canada website, where you can also learn about other hostels in the Canadian Rockies. Be sure to check out some of the neat 360 degree pictures of the hostel here on the Hostelling International website.

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