HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel

HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel

Maligne Lake Road 11Kms East of the Jasper town site, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0 Canada
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Poised alongside the Maligne River, just above the spectacular depths of Maligne Canyon, this serene hostel is an all-season destination. Travellers will enjoy an array of hiking, cycling, and x-skiing trails. The nearby Skyline Trail offers one of Jasper National Park's most scenic hikes.This wilderness hostel has limited creature comforts - no running water, no showers or washing area, and no flush toilets. We do have purified water for cooking, a refrigerator, propane stoves and lights.
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Maligne Lake Road 11Kms East of the Jasper town site, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0 Canada
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sdx wrote a review Aug 2014
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is just a stone's throw from the wonderful Maligne Canyon! It is very basic in the sense that you have to fill the water container from time to time in the kitchen in order to brush our teeth or wash dishes, but everything you need is there, including stove top cooking, a fridge/freezer, microwave, a toaster, pots and pans, plates and bowls, and cooking tools! I recommend bringing your own eating utensils though as there weren't many there. It's quite cool to be able to cook proper meals instead of always eating out.

The ktichen can be kind of small, there are 6 or 8 stove tops (can't remember exactly) and two tables (picnic size), but given this HI doesn't really have that many people staying there, even at max capacity, as long as you're not there during "prime cooking hours" you'll probably find it quite roomy. Lots of people stay here, from the solo traveler to families and friends, so I think it's a very comfortable place to be.

I was concerned about the lack of electricity, but there is actually plenty of power in both the common area (which also has a bookshelf with a spider hanging from it - ahh!) and in the bedrooms. Another concern was bugs, but the whole place was actually quite clean.

The sleeping area is...well, what you'd expect a hostel to be. The beds were pretty sturdy and not "noisy" so if you roll around in your sleep you don't make THAT much noise. Being still in the middle of a hot summer, it can get a bit stuffy but when you keep the window open (it's not that big) it's okay.

Another thing to note, there is no shower here but you are welcomed to use the one at HI - Jasper. Since many people visit the Miette Hot Springs as part of their Jasper trip, you could also just shower there. (They even rent bathing suits and towels, so really, you have have no excuse not to go!) The washroom (outhouses) is also kind of tucked away, right by the woods, so I'd definitely bring a flashlight because it gets really, really dark there! (And apparently, bears like to frequent the area. Eek.)

All in all, this is a very nice, rustic experience and is a nice change from the usual hotel stays.
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Date of stay: August 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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petey1955 wrote a review Jan 2012
Edmonton, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Maligne Canyon Hostel is on the Maligne Lake Road, and is only about 15 minutes from Jasper. That gives it a big advantage - it's near enough to town for all the restaurants and other attractions, and it's far enough away to be a true wilderness hostel. with quiet nights and even a few bears.

If you don't mind 'rustic' (which means bunkhouses, outhouses and water from a cistern) you'll love Maligne Canyon. The facility consists of a cookhouse and a few cabins, each with two rooms of six bunks each. The price is right, too, at only $25.00 a night.

Hostels are pretty cool. You'll find yourself meeting a whole bunch of new friends, sharing dinners and conversation. If you're not sure what activities you want to do, there are always people with helpful advice and good suggestions. You'll meet people from around the world, one who enjoy the adventures of traveling rather being pampered at some resort.
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Call ahead or make a reservation online. If you have a group of six, you can get a room to...
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328burkharde wrote a review Jun 2019
Edmonton, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This wilderness hostel (no running water, showers or flush toilets) is located at the bottom of the Maligne Lake Road in Jasper National Park and is therefore the perfect base of operations for wildlife photography along the Maligne Lake Road😍
A great place to meet travellers from around the world. The managers (couple) have been there for decades and know the area inside out and backwards!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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dj-c-baldwin wrote a review Sep 2013
Auckland Central, New Zealand
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Hostel had lost our reservation and the staff were incredibly rude and unhelpful. Ended up heading back to Jasper and paying more to stay in a hotel.
Seemed to be no communication with the reservations department who had the booking in their system and refused to refund us for the pre paid night.
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Date of stay: May 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Richard-and-Lynn wrote a review Jul 2016
Calgary, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in 5 wilderness hostels this summer this one was the worst.

Biggest issues:
1. No common area
2. Cabin very hot and sleeping areas are just a bit too small to be comfy.
3. Linens old
4. Overall it needs some money spent on a Reno.

The manager was nice, and it's much cheaper than a hotel, however he other hostels are much nicer.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Desman31 wrote a review May 2011
Toulouse, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The guy running the place is very friendly and has a lot of 'trapper' stories to tell. The place in nice and clean, fully furnished kitchen. Just remember this is a wilderness HI, i.e. no hot water, and you have to get the cold one from the river next by.
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Date of stay: August 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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CSS traveller wrote a review Oct 2015
Western Canadaa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Charming rustic hostel close to the classic Skyline Trail trail head, across from Maligne Canyon, and about 13 km from Maligne Lake. The hostel is located up Maligne Canyon so there is no light pollution and star gazing is amazing. You can see as many stars as you have time for. Last weekend we even saw a group of stars that pulsed. Accomodation is in little heated dorm cabins and there is a central kitchen / gathering cabin. This hostel does not have bathing facilities. The first time we stayed here we walked from town, which is a reasonable walk, about an hour and a half. Suntours (Suntours.com) runs a shuttle bus to Maligne Lake and would probably stop at the hostel.
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Date of stay: October 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lindsay L wrote a review May 2015
Grande Prairie, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There were many things I liked about this hostel. The location was great for us with a vehicle, the facilities were clean and well kept, and sufficient for us because we were going to camp anyway. The hostel managers were nice and helpful. I thought it was a good price. The only downside is there is no shower (we read this already on the website) and they need a light by the outhouses for when you need to go in the middle of the night. It was almost full over the weekend so we made some new friends, make sure to book in advance! :)
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Craig M wrote a review May 2014
Winchester, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Never stayed in a wilderness hostel before but knew what I was in for having read the description.
No showers - no problem, there's a stream just metres from the cabin
No flushing toilet - no problem, your'e in the wilderness, enough said.

Great location for a real Rocky Mountain experience and the site supervisor/receptionist, Grier, is a top bloke to sit round the camp fire with while fending off the wasp sized mosquitoes.
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Pixie354 wrote a review Apr 2014
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We knew that we had booked a wilderness hostel and expected it to be basic but we had a lot more fun than we expected. The rooms have fun hand made bunk beds and there is a good sized kitchen. There are basic toilets round the back but the site is lovely. It is next to a river, also the canyon is a short walk over the road and is fantastic. It was an added bonus that we were the only people staying in our cabin that night. After dark there was no light pollution and the stars were amazing!
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Date of stay: April 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lifisgood asked a question Mar 2018
Vancouver, Canada80 contributions21 helpful votes
Hello, is the hostel pet friendly?
Answer from Tom N
25 contributions6 helpful votes
It's not even human friendly.
Sub C wrote a tip Jul 2017
Hong Kong, China1,294 contribution100 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try it and you may actually like it"
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veronikaflores wrote a tip Jul 2015
Quito, Ecuador10 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Since you are sleeping in a room for 6 people, bring ear plugs and anything else that will help you sleep through the night."
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johnwadecarter wrote a tip Feb 2014
Edmonton, Canada91 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any of the cabins are great, but in the spring you should appreciate the sound of the gorgeous river that runs right beside the site and can be heard at all times of day or night. Is a beautiful setting and great "base camp" for hiking and exploring the mountains."
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petey1955 wrote a tip Jan 2012
Edmonton, Canada185 contributions264 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call ahead or make a reservation online. If you have a group of six, you can get a room to yourselves."
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Frequently Asked Questions about HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Icefields Parkway (7.0 km), Maligne Canyon (7.0 km), and Pyramid and Patricia Lakes (3.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, barbeque facilities, and an outdoor fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Orso Trattoria, The Raven Bistro, and Aalto.
Are there any historical sites close to HI-Maligne Canyon Wilderness Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Gare Ferroviaire De La Canadien National (5.5 km) and Vieille Caserne De Pompiers De Jasper (5.4 km).
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