Stayed one night at HI-Edith Cavell. My friend and I left a little disappointed but only a little. We expected Edith Cavell to be quiet, but it was in fact booked full; to the surprise of even the host.
The pros...The hostel is located in a beautiful area and the price was only $27/person/night. When we arrived there was a nice fire going outside and you could tell the host took his job serious and kept a good eye on the place. He also keeps plenty of clean drinking water in the kitchen.
The cons...We weren't crazy about having several people (20) in one room and the host kept the wood burning stove stoked in the evening and early morning which made it unbearable to sleep at both ends of the night. Also, the kitchen is small and can not accommodate a full house very well.
Hard to complain when we only paid $27/person, but you shouldn't expect much either for that price. Still preferred it to camping, but we woke up and left right away because the kitchen was crowded.
My friend and I are admittedly new to hosteling, but we had a much better experience in Lake Louise which was very nice (and $42/person/night) so the comparison didn't help Edith Cavell.
I don't believe Edith Cavell is normally full, so our experience would have been different with fewer people I'm sure. I would recommend under those circumstances, but again don't expect too much. Would like to try HI-Athabasca Falls next time for that area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Closed September 7, 2009 to February 15, 2010 due to road upgrades, Parks Canada ... more less