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HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel
Hwy 93N Icefields Parkway | 29 km North of Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada   |  
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

I stayed for 1 night at this hostel and we were really disappointed. I love nature, but it doesn't mean I want to cook with mice in the kitchen. There was no drinking water and no shower, but you could find there a sauna! Also, the manager was not friendly. If it were extremely cheap it'd be ok, but we paid the same in Jasper and there were more facilities.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HIAlberta, Manager at HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel, responded to this review, August 3, 2010

I'm sorry your stay at Mosquito Creek was so disappointing. Our Wilderness hostels along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park are very rustic; some of the buildings are historic artifacts, cabins built for temporary use as housing in WWII internment camps located in the area and donated to us after the war and as such are very basic wood-frame structures with no electricity, running water, central heating or foundations.

As such, they are more akin to alpine huts; we do our best on our website and through Central Reservations to ensure guests understand that a stay at these hostels is closer to 'camping with a roof' than to a stay at one of our more luxurious and modern properties like the HI-Banff Alpine Centre or HI-Lake Louise, with restaurants, wifi, etc. Unfortunately, we don't manage to inform everyone of this and it would seem we missed you. I apologize for the inconvenience and if you would like to contact me through our main switchboard line, I will do my best to make amends (1-403-762-4123).

We do our best to ensure the wildlife stays outside; however, as these hostels are essentially huts in the wilderness, we have no future plans (or Parks Canada approval, or even available infrastructure) to upgrade these facilities with showers, flush toilets and the other amenities people are used to in everyday life in a municipal setting. Guests who want to hear the absolute silence of the woods in the evening, watch the deer drink from the stream or count the millions of stars overhead far from the city do find the hostel a stunning, unique experience. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Ken Campbell
General Manager
HI-Banff Wilderness Properties
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

If you spend time in the Rockies, a wilderness hostel is a must. Mosquito Creek hostel is one of a few up the Icefields Parkway, but having only stayed in this one I can't comment on the others! We spent a very enjoyable 2 nights here in June. We booked a private room, and found it very comfortable with plenty of room and bed choice! The facilities are basic but what do you expect?! There was running water, LED lights, a pretty well stocked kitchen and pit toilets. There is also a wood-heated sauna, with its own pludge pool (ok it's the creek but it certainly cools you down!). Alan, the guy running it when we were there is a font of local hiking and activities, so make sure you tap him up for ideas! And to illustrate the wilderness bit, a black bear strolled through the camp just before our arrival! If you only stay for a night, it's a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hwy 93N Icefields Parkway | 29 km North of Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
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Ranked #5 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Lake Louise
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Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Is your holiday travel budget not going far enough?Having difficulty keeping to your travel budget? Need a cheap accommodation solution so you can see everything in Banff and not have to sleep in a tent? Is staying Lake Louise too expensive for you? And the idea of camping in the unpredictable mountain weather unappealing? Did you say yes to anyone if not all of these questions? You should stay at the wilderness hostels along the Icefields Parkway.Icefield Parkway Hostels - HI Mosquito Creek Wilderness HostelHI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel is a small “off-the-grid” 24 bed hostel located 29 km north of Lake Louise – a 20 minute drive on the Icefields Parkway -Highway 93 North- which links Banff and Jasper National Parks. This is your chance to see the Canada you imagined, the real Canadian Rockies at HI-Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel with dorm beds. ... more   less 
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