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“The perfect wilderness hostel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of HI Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel

HI Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel
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Ice Field Parkway, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada   |  
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Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
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“The perfect wilderness hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I have been to HI hostels in many countries, and Rampart Creek is one of the best. It's in a perfect location for ice climbing. In summer it would be ideal for cycling, hiking, mountaineering and other outdoor activities. It's a long way from any cities, so the skies are dark and the stars are spectacular.

The bedrooms are small, but the beds are comfortable, the heating works well (kept us warm in temperatures as low as -35 C) and there's plenty of storage space. The kitchen is very well-equipped which is just as well as there's nowhere nearby to eat, so you're going to have to cook your own food. No showers, but there is a sauna! The manager, Ken, is friendly and has the right combination of efficiency and flexibility for a location like this. He made a lot of effort to help us when two of our team were climbing Polar Circus.

The only downside is the outhouse toilet. It's perfectly clean, but it's quite a thought to use an outhouse when it's -30 C!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

No shower.
Dorms only, nice ones though (up to 6 people).

Everything else was there.
Kitchen was neat and warm.
Same comment for the lounge.

The warden turned the sauna on the night we werer there.

Behind the hostel, there is a nice litle walk with great views on the valley.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I was a little hesitant staying here...I like my showers! But the hostel is fantastic! I stayed here as part of a Moose Network tour and it was definitely one of the best hostel's I stayed in. It is very clean and obviously well taken care of and the owner is obviously very proud of it. Kitchen is spacious and more than adequate. Nice hike to the top of the hill. Even though it rained the night we were there we had great fun.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Another wilderness hostel in the middle of nowhere. This place is amazing. The don't have shower, but there is a sauna close to the river. You can get water from the river, heat it, have a "shower" and sauna at the same time. Kitchen and rooms are clean and organized. Good place to stay when alone or with friends. Since they only have dorm rooms and wouldn't say this is a good place for couples.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Really friendly folks and perfect wilderness feel with some nice comforts.

*GORGEOUS Location!
* SAUNA!
* Glacier fed stream
* Volleyball (I saw the court but didn't use)
* Communal Campfire
* Communal Kitchen
* The most immaculate outhouse I have ever seen! It was brand new, had solar panels to light the area and hand sanitizer.

The setup certainly drives communal activity, we were quickly engaged with all the other folk there talking about everyone's adventures and telling stories. Staff is super helpful, knowledgeable and friendly!

I also went from the sauna to the freezing stream! If you really have to it's possible to bath in the sauna but that means some work on your part.

The low rated review in spanish is defintely outdated.

Room Tip: Beds are short, taller folks may want to try to get a bed were their feet can hang off. I'm 6...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and did some day ski-touring from the hostel. The location is excellent, in the middle of the mountains with a heap of options of places to go. The hostel has a big kitchen and common room. The bunk rooms are not overly large, but there weren't a lot of guests and the manager spread the visitors out between them so we got one to ourselves. It was very warm, with plenty of bedding. There was running water and LED lighting. So it was far more comfortable than i was expecting of a wilderness hostel and great value for money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This hostel is inviting. Has a nice creek running along side it. Nice common area. Bunk beds are ok but if you are over six feet tall you will feel cramped. They have a sauna hut which I didn't try but heard good things about. Otherwise it is part of the HI group and stays are affordable and rustic. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ice Field Parkway, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Number of rooms: 24

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