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“Not for everyone but if you love the wilderness, you'll love it”

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HI Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel
Reviewed June 20, 2011

HI Athabasca is set right in the heart of the woods. There is no running water, you have to pump water from the well and there are no indoor toilets, only lovely out-houses!! Like I said, it's not fir everyone but if you want a taste of simple living then I can't recommend it highly enough

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

HI Athabasca falls was a truely unique place to stay. Once you get past the drop toilets approx 100 m away from the cabins and making the trek out to them in the middle of the night past all the possibly hungry wildlife, the place is a unique way to experience the canadian outdoors. The lack of running water does not dampen the experience and the owner Michel looks like he hasnt had a shower in many more days than yourself so no self concious thoughts allowed. Just make sure you take along your food supplies and eat them indoors away from the threat of bears roaming the bush. Overall and great cheap and worthwhile place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

This place is wonderful. Before you get there you'll be making plans about you're gonna cope with the no shower thing, but the second you get there, you'll melt into the experience, all Mr Frosty like.

Michelle is awesome. The social area is perfect, and the rooms are cozy.

As Michelle says, you could stay in a 40-to-a-room in Jasper, but why would you when you!!

Make the effort, stay here, I promise you'll love it.

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1  Thank GPoulton
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

Without doubt I would recommend this hostel for getting back to the basics, enjoying the wonderful surroundings and getting away from the city.

The hostel manager treats you like extended family from the moment you arrive and I was only disappointed that I couldn't stay longer!

Definitely would recommend this hostel for those wanting a cheap escape and to be surrounded by natural beauty.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2008

Both HI hostels are not located i Jasper, so you may as well continue out to Athabasca Falls as it is much better out of the two. Only a few dorm rooms (log cabin style) with about 20 beds or so in each. Rooms have heating and linen is provided. Toilets are outside (composte style) and there are no showers. Kitchen is simple but stock up before coming and you will be fine. The manager is quite particular so make sure you do your dishes and dont leave anything lying around! There is a lovely fireplace inside and when there is enough people they have a campfire.
A torch is helpful here.
If you want simple and back to nature this is a lovely place.

Stayed: September 2008
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 16, 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about HI Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel

Address: 32 km south of Jasper on Hwy 93, 200 m past Athabasca Falls | Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Jasper National Park
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Ranked #18 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Jasper National Park
Price Range: $21 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HI-Athabasca Falls is an idyllic mountain retreat. Five cedar panelled cabins sit amongst the trees at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The mighty Athabasca River tumbles over the nearby falls. Horseshoe Lake with its enchanting mirrored water or spring-fed Leech Lake make for ideal summertime swims. In the winter, wake up in the cozy hostel and get ready for a day of cross-country skiing on a groomed trail that runs up the Geraldine Lakes road, or if you prefer the thrills of the downhill, Marmot Basin is a short drive away.HI-Athabasca offers a large common room, wood stove, firepit and deck.The accommodations are comfortable but basic: simple bunk beds, shared dorms, and no running water. In the summer, there is an outdoor "cowboy" shower for those not willing to brave a morning dip in the river. No Internet, no bar, just the forest cabin that you always dreamed of. Nothing will get you closer to getting away from it all.The Fryatt Valley and Athabasca Pass are easily accessed from the hostel offering cross-country skiing, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities.This is a wilderness hostel with limited creature comforts - no running water, no showers, and no flush toilets. We do have purified water for cooking, a refrigerator, stoves, and solar-powered lights. Due to our wilderness location, accessibility for the physically disabled is challenging. ... more   less 
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