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HI-Cumberland - Riding Fool Hostel

Box 778, 2705 Dunsmuir, Cumberland, V0R 1S0, Canada

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Overall Rating 98%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 100%
Location 90%
Security 100%
Service 100%
Comfort 100%
Green rating 80%

The Riding Fool Hostel is situated in historic downtown Cumberland, the hub of recreation on Vancouver Island.

  • Private
    From €37.08
10 or more people?

Cumberland Hostel

Hostel Cumberland

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Situated in a restored 1895 Heritage Building; large fully equipped kitchen - 2 double sinks, 2 stoves, large commercial fridge; BBQ, WIFI, large gear storage room.
Great access to recreation. Located in the heart of our vibrant, youthful community. Across the street from “the number 1 apres ski pub in North America” as voted by skier magazine.
Literally at the trail head of our mountain bike trails.


Prices are members' prices

  • Available
  • Limited
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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


  • Available
  • Limited
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Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 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.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Pool table / snooker table


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite
  • Café/Bistro

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 09:00 to 15:00
From 11:00 to 21:00
From 16:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (250) 336-8250 1-888-313-FOOL

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Destination Mountain Biking (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Die Jugendherberge war ein Traum, sehr sauber, sehr freundliches Personal und gemütlich eingerichtet. Würden sofort wieder gehen. Das einzige was vielleicht gefehlt hat, ist ein Kompost. Sonst war es perfekt - danke!


Avatar for Andrea


Tue 05 Jul 2016

I really liked the open airy feeling of the hostel. The cleanliness was second to none and the staff were fantastic - one of the best hostels I've stayed in. The only down side was that there were a number of younger 'hostellers' who didn't seem to take others into consideration. It was evident that they'd been staying there for a while and seemed to be using it for long term accommodation. They were loud and had little regard for others when rising for work at 06:00.


Avatar for Robert Ian

Robert Ian,

Fri 25 Sep 2015

We were really surprised about this place, it was one of our best visit during our trip, it really had its own character. However Cumberland it self is not very interesting, but its surrounding area are really beutiful.


Avatar for Christoffer


Tue 01 Sep 2015

Hey there, thank you for your review, we work very hard to make your stay memorable. Your Riding Fool Hostel Team

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Jeremy Grasby,

Thu 03 Sep 2015

Sensationell! Nette Mitarbeiterinnen, super Atmosphäre, tolle Bäder, Küche gut bestückt, zentral im Ort gelegen, viel Platz in den Zimmern.


Avatar for Ingo


Wed 08 Jul 2015

Die urigste JH während unseres Aufenthaltes in Kanada


Avatar for Bodo


Fri 15 Nov 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (3 to 5km)
  • Cinema (5 to 10km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (At or next to the hostel)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • Water park (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Alternate Transport
From HWY 19 take exit 117 and follow signs into downtown Cumberland. We are located at the corner of 2nd and Dunsmuir. Available
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Energy efficiency appliances
  • Double-glazing windows


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in taps
  • Water savers in toilet
  • Water-wise garden

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