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HI - Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel

This cosy hideaway is right between Banff and Lake Louise, giving you easy access to all outdoor activities in the area.

91 %

  • Dorm
    From €18.53
10 or more people?

What travellers think

Travellers that stayed here think this hostel is best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Eco-tourism
  • Relaxing

Hostel rating (6)

91 %

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 91%
Location 89%
Security 94%
Service 94%
Comfort 83%

Green rating



The floors in this hostel are very clean, so walk around bare feet is nice but could get chilly in the evening. Bring sleepers with you. There is fireplace in the living room.


Avatar for Tatyana


Tue 21 Oct 2014

This Hostel was extremely tough to find. No signs off the main road so we drove back and forth for two-hours before finally locating the place. Once we did there were no lights on the building so we had to use flashlights to get to the door. We were greeted by other guests who then got the check-in person. He was nice and gave us basic information for the place but the dorm rooms were super hot and we were instructed not to touch the thermostat. We ended up only staying one night.


Avatar for Debra


Mon 06 Oct 2014

Hi there, I'm sorry you had such difficulties finding our hostel. While there is a hostel logo on the road leading to the hostel, it's not very large and quite old. Unfortunately, Parks Canada guidelines for signage are severely restrictive and our only option for replacing this sign is to have a smaller sign that says "Hostel Rd./Rue Auberge" put up - which is going to be even harder to see. Consequently the existing sign is still in place while we try to wade through this bureaucratic issue. Castle Mountain is one of our Wilderness hostels and as such has limited services, which many feel is part of the charm; we don't have well-lit access as most of our guests are hoping to feel connected with their natural surroundings and enjoy the tranquility of nature and beautiful starscape of the evening. Because the hostel only has one staff member, the hours of operations are short and the resident manager is off at 10pm. I'm glad that he came out to help you when called and that you found him friendly. Your comments will help in ensuring we inform other guests of what to expect. These hostels aren't for everyone and we want to ensure guests know what awaits them. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your stay.

Manager avatar

Ken Campbell,

Wed 08 Oct 2014

I had an awesome experience! I was expecting to arrive at the hostel and go on all my hiking by myself. Instead I met some friends at the hostel and went hiking with them. The manager was very friendly and had lots of good hospitality to give.


Avatar for Lorne


Tue 26 Aug 2014

Très bonne auberge de jeunesse. Ambiance très agréable, confortable, et surtout, la personne qui tient les lieux est vraiment très accueillante.


Avatar for boidin


Tue 12 Aug 2014

Great wilderness hostel. Would highly recommend it if not afraid of a cold shower in the river. Extremely friendly manager.


Avatar for vianney


Mon 04 Aug 2014