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HI - Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel

Hwy 1A & HWY 93, Banff National Park, Banff, T1L 1B3, Canada

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this hostel is closed until late spring. This cosy hideaway is right between Banff and Lake Louise, giving you easy access to all outdoor activities in the area.

  • Dorm
    From $27.24
10 or more people?

Banff Hostel

Hostel Banff

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this hostel is closed until late spring.
Located between Banff and Lake Louise, the warm and hospitable Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of adventures, from hiking alpine trails to skiing at nearby resorts. We are also ideal for a stress-relieving getaway, set amongst beautiful natural surroundings with plenty of forest and wildlife.

The hostel features a bright, cosy common room with a wood-burning fireplace and large bay windows. There is also a self-catering kitchen and BBQ area, bicycle storage, free car parking and laundry facilities. During winter the great skiing of the Banff/Lake Louise area is set up.

So why not come and stay in the beautiful Rockies of Banff Park at Castle Mountain Junction?


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 9% is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 13 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 18 Jun to 31 Dec

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Lake Louise Ski Resort (More than 10km)
  • Lake Louise (More than 10km)
  • Rockbound Lake (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



We booked in as a group and the hostel was perfect for us. My only quibbles are there is no composting and the showers are a wee bit small!


Avatar for Marsha


Thu 24 Jan 2019

What an amazing cozy place! A home away from home. Shauna, you rock !! You are one of the best hosts I have ever had the pleasure of having. Thank you for all you did for us.


Avatar for Arvind


Wed 29 Nov 2017

i liked the hospitality offered by the host


Avatar for amruta


Tue 05 Sep 2017

Incroyable séjour, Tony est génial. Une de mes meilleures expériences en auberge de jeunesse !


Avatar for RAPHAEL


Sat 02 Sep 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Distance to Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Cinema (More than 10km)
  • Distance to City Centre (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Cycle trails (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Gym (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Local market (More than 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Museums / Art galleries (More than 10km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Nightlife (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Restaurants (More than 10km)
  • Distance to River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Swimming pool (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Supermarket / Food store (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Theatre (More than 10km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Alternate Transport
HI-Castle Mountain is located near the intersection of Highway 1A(Bow Valley Parkway) and Highway 93 South. Take Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) to Castle Mountain (half way between Banff and Lake Louise). Exit highway at Radium Hot Springs Exit and follow the Castle Mountain sign for 1KM. The hostel is on the right. Free parking available at hostel.
intersection of Highway 1A and Highway 93 South. Take Highway 1 to Castle Mountain
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ski / Snowboarding

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems


  • Recycling areas


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in toilet

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