This is the hostel before you get to Beauty Creek along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. It’s probably me least favorite of the bunch cause it’s a bit cramped, especially in winter when everyone staying there is inside as soon as it gets dark.
It’s got a couple private rooms but mostly bunks and sleeps around 30. There are no showers and no running water though it does have water out of a tank for cooking and drinking. There’s a common area with a well supplied kitchen to use. There’s heat and solar powered lighting and limited WiFi that usually gets turned in for a couple hours a night. It’s also got a wood burning sauna that gets a lot of use.
If you are into ice climbing (I’m not) then apparently this is the place for you. It’s a nice stopping point along the Icefields Parkway in winter so you can break the drive up into a few days and actually stop to see things without rushing through it all.
I like it better in summer than winter because in summer you’re generally out hiking dawn to dusk and a comfortable mattress is about the only thing that matters.
This one and the last one (Beauty Creek) are both included in the Winter Wilderness Pass that gives you unlimited stays Nov 1 to May 31.
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