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HI Davidson (Esprit Rafting)

3 Chemin Esprit, Davidson, J0X 1R0, Canada

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Auberge HI-Esprit is situated on the Ottawa River 90 minutes from Ottawa. Experience world-class rafting here - an experience you won't forget! Transportation available.

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Davidson Hostel

Hostel Davidson

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

HI-Esprit is a charming hostel known for its beautiful surroundings and its outdoor adventure programmes. You can participate in world-class event and activities in canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting or take riverboard trips (river surfing). The hostel also offers mountain biking, volleyball, swimming, climbing and many other activities! Our bar/restaurant offers delicious snacks and barbecues, as well as concerts and other events several nights a week.

Built of solid pine, the hostel HI-Esprit is located in Davidson, right on the banks of the Ottawa River, mid-way between the world famous Algonquin and Gatineau Parks.

The hostel is well off the beaten tourist track yet is still easily accessible by public bus to Pembroke or Fort Coulonge, by Moose Transport (backpackers' budget transportation company) or by an Esprit shuttle from Ottawa/Gatineau. For those in search of outdoor adventure, HI-Esprit will be a perfect destination!

Please note that some areas of the main building (bar and living room) are being rebuilt due to a fire. However, the hostel is open for business and still offers amazing rafting tours and outdoor activities by the river! Don't hesitate to contact the hostel team to learn more.


Prices are members' prices

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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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Important info

  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • 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.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Garden


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

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

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 May to 31 Oct

From 07:00 to 23:00
From 07:00 to 23:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-819-6833241 or toll-free from North Am

Fax. 1-819-6833641

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Esprit Rafting Adentures (At or next to the hostel)
  • Arial Park Chutes Coulonge (5 to 10km)
  • Bryson House Museum (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Cinema (3 to 5km)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (2 to 3km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Distance to Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (3 to 5km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

1.5 hours from Ottawa Airport
The Pontiac bus line will take you to Fort Coulonge and Greyhound Bus lines to Pembroke. Call for more details or to arrange a pick up.

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